The UMBC Retrievers (19-9, 10-4 America East) will play the home regular season finale as the UMass Lowell River Hawks (11-16, 5-9 AE) visit the UMBC Event Center on Saturday, Feb. 24. Tip-off time is slated for 12:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.
A win would secure no worse than a No. 3 seed in the America East Conference Tournament for UMBC.
UMBC men's basketball will honor three players in pre-game "Senior Day" ceremonies. Please celebrate with graduate student Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) and seniors Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and K.J. Maura (San Juan, P.R.) in ceremonies starting at 11:45 a.m.
Grant is scheduled to compete in career game No. 123, which would break Jay Greene's all-time record of 122.
Lyles, who leads America East in scoring at 20.8 points per game, has moved into the top five at UMBC in scoring (1,627 pts), free throws and field goals made and steals.
Maura is nationally ranked in assist-to-turnover ratio (23rd) and steals (28th) and leads America East in assists per game.
Retriever Update: Visiting Stony Brook scored the game's final eight points and stunned UMBC, 64-57, at the UMBC Event Center on Wednesday. The loss snapped the Retrievers' 3-game winning streak and dropped UMBC into a second-place tie with Hartford. As a team, UMBC shot poorly from the field (33.9 percent, 21-of-62), behind the arc (22.2 percent, 6-of-27) and at the charity stripe (56.3 percent, 9-of-16).
UMBC lost a game by a margin of 10 points or less for just the second time this season (9-2) and the first time since the fourth game of the season, a 93-88 loss at Colgate. It was also UMBC's first mid-week setback (Monday-Thurs., now 11-1) of the campaign.
Lyles recorded a double-double in the game with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Maura added 15 points.
A Glance at the River Hawks: UMass Lowell (11-16, 5-9 America East) has won two straight, including a 88-76 victory on their Senior Night on Wednesday. UMass Lowell will compete in their first-ever America East Tournament next weekend.
Senior Jahad Thomas is only behind Jarius Lyles in the league scoring race, as the returning America East First Team standout is recording 20.5 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounding (8.0 pg), field goal percentage (51.8), steals (41) and free throws made (109).
The River Hawks are the No. 1-ranked offensive team in America East, scoring 75.6 points per game, but they also allow a league-high 78.0 points per contest.
The Series: The River Hawks won the first six games in the series, but UMBC has taken the last three, including a 89-62 triumph in Lowell last month. The two teams combined for 210 points in the last meeting in Baltimore, a 108-102 triumph last February.
Up Next: UMBC completes the regular season at Hartford on Tuesday, Feb. 27.