Retrievers Open Bimini Jam Play by Taking on Air Force Friday Afternoon

photo by: Gail Burton
photo by: Gail Burton

UMBC vs. Air Force, Bimini Jam Game #1

Bimini, The Bahamas - For the first time in its basketball history, the UMBC men's basketball program will compete outside the United States.


The Retrievers traveled to the Bimini, The Bahamas and will take part in the Bimini Jam, beginning with a contest versus The United States Air Force Academy on Friday, Nov. 16.  All six contests in the tournament take place at Gateway Christian Academy and will be broadcast online by Flo Sports. Opening tip-off is slated for 3:30 p.m. with Danny Lee and Paul Giacolettti on the call.


Retriever Review: UMBC junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) stuffed the stat sheet with a team-high 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, leading the Retrievers (2-1) to a 75-52 victory over Manhattan (0-2) at the UMBC Event Center on Nov. 12.  


Jackson led four Retrievers in double figures, including junior forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.), who scored 15 points and added five steals.


UMBC converted 13-of-29 shots (44.8 percent) from behind the arc and 26-of-53 (49.1 percent) overall.


Through three games, Jackson, graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) and sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) lead UMBC with 12.30 points per game apiece. Lamar is also in double figures at 10.3 points per contest.  


UMBC has not allowed an opponent to top the 70-point mark for seven consecutive games and 11 of the past 13 contests. UMass Lowell (twice, both UMBC wins) is the lone school to top the 70-point plateau in that span.


A Glance at the Falcons: Air Force Academy (1-1) opened with a 90-65 win over Johnson and Wales before falling, 67-57 at Texas State on Friday. TSU took advantage of 17 AFA miscues and outscored the visitors, 25-5, in points off turnovers. Four Falcons scored 11 points, including junior forward Lavalle Scottie, who leads the squad with 11.5 points per game in two contests.


Air Force went 12-19 overall and 6-12 in the Mountain West Conference a season ago. The Falcons were picked 10th (of 11) in the 2018-19 Mountain West preseason men's basketball poll.


Scottie is one of two returning starters for the Falcons. He averaged 12.2 points per game to lead the squad a season ago. Classmate and frontcourt partner Ryan Swan, who also scored 11 points at Texas State in a reserve role, averaged 9.2 ppg as a starter a season ago.


Up Next: The winner of the UMBC-AFA game will play the winner of the High Point-South Dakota contest on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8:30 p.m. The losers of the first round games will meet on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and all four teams conclude play against the team they did not meet on Monday at 6:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m.