The UMBC men's basketball team opens the home slate when they face the Shenandoah (Va.) Hornets on Saturday, Nov. 10. Opening tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.
Retriever Review: Host Marquette got out to an early 12-4 lead and never trailed, defeating UMBC, 67-42, in the opener for both teams. Junior forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) led UMBC with 11 points, while graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) reached a career milestone in an 8-point effort. Playing in front of family and friends, the Wisconsin native moved into 17th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list, passing former teammate Will Darley. The graduate student now has 1,099 points.
Notable: UMBC has won its first two home openers under Ryan Odom. They were 2-5 in their previous seven home lid-lifters. Overall, under Odom, the Retrievers are 28-7 (80.0%) in home contests.
The team will play its 2018-19 home opener in the UMBC Event Center, the first time since the fall of 1971 that the home schedule did not start at the RAC Arena/UMBC Fieldhouse (same facility).
A Glance at the Hornets: The Shenandoah University men's basketball team is the co-No. 11 selection of the ODAC coaches in pre-season poll results.The Hornets went 8-18 a year ago and 3-13 in the ODAC.
Junior forward Christopher Chaney is the Hornets' leading returning scorer who recorded 11.8 points per game a year ago.
Freshman wing Alex Horvath is the brother of Retriever sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern).
Today's contest is an exhibition for Shenandoah.
The Series: UMBC dropped the first two narrow decisions at the NCAA Division II level to the Hornets, but have captured a pair of Division I meetings since 1989.
A season ago, UMBC outscored Shenandoah, 48-22, in the second half and posted a 88-59 victory in a Monday matinee at the RAC Arena on November 27. Sherburne continued his sharp shooting, as he knocked down 4-of-9 treys and 7-of-12 shots overall to lead all scorers with 18 points. Lamar posted his second double-double of the season, with 12 points and 12 caroms.
Junior forward Alan Dabney led Shenandoah with 10 points.
Up Next: UMBC has a quick turn-around as the Retrievers face Manhattan on Monday, Nov. 12 in the first meeting between the east coast institutions. Tip-off time at the UMBC Event Center is slated for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.