North Bimini, The Bahamas – UMBC will conclude competition in the inaugural Bimini Jam as the Retrievers (4-1) take on South Dakota () on Monday, Nov. 21.
The Retrievers and Coyotes meet at Gateway Christian Academy at 8:30 p.m. Danny Lee and Paul Giacolettti will be on the call for FloSports.
Retriever Review: UMBC freshman guard Jose Placer (Orlando, Fla.) scored a season-high 13 points, leading a balanced effort, as the Retrievers defeated High Point, 68-59, on Day Two of The Bimini Jam.
The Retrievers improved to 4-1 on the season, matching their best NCAA Division I start. UMBC also won four of the first five games in 2007-08 and 2016-17, head coach Ryan Odom's first season.
Three other Retrievers joined Placer in double figures and six players scored eight or more points. Sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) scored 11 points and added a team-best 7 rebounds.
Through five games, Sherburne leads five Retrievers averaging double figures with 14.0 points per game. Horvath and junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) average 11.8 and 11.2 ppg respectively, while junior forwards Max Curran (Hooksett, N.H.) and Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) check in at 10.4 and 10.2 in the scoring column. Curran also leads a balanced rebounding effort with 7.2 caroms per outing.
A Glance at the Coyotes: South Dakota (2-2) entered the Bimini Jam at 2-0, but have dropped a pair of tough decisions on the island. On Friday, the Coyotes fell to High Point, 60-56, squandering a late second half lead, and then a late rally fell short versus Air Force in a 65-62 setback on Sunday.
AFA led South Dakota by 14 with 14 minutes left, but the Coyotes tied the score on a Triston Simpson trey just eight minutes later. But they could never take the lead from the Falcons and two attempts to tie or take the lead in the final minute were off the mark.
Senior forward Trey Burch-Manning hit 9-of-13 shots from the floor for South Dakota and led all scorers with 22 points.
Simpson, a junior guard, leads the Coyotes at 18.3 points per game, while Burch-Manning checks in with 17.0 points per contest.
South Dakota foes are shooting 46.2 percent from the floor through four games.
USD posted a 26-9 record a year ago. The Retrievers and Coyotes have never met and UMBC has never competed against a team from the Summit League.
The Retrievers and Coyotes have never met and UMBC has never competed against a team from the Summit League.
Head Coach Ryan Odom's earned victory No. 50 (50-25) in his brief two-plus year tenure and is "fastest to 50" in school history by a resounding 40 games. Randy Monroe reached victory No. 50 in his 115th game behind the Retriever bench in his fourth season (2006-07).
The four-game winning streak matches the second-longest for the Retrievers under Ryan Odom. UMBC got out to a 4-0 start to his tenure in 2016-17, then won six straight, capped by the NCAA Tournament win over Virginia in 2017-18.
UMBC's streak of not allowing an opponent to top the 70-point mark ended at seven consecutive games, but it took the Falcons 50 minutes to record 72 points. The game was knotted at 62-all after 40 minutes of play. Hence, the Retrievers have not permitted 70 or more points over a 40-minute span in nine straight contests.
Sherburne, who only attempted one second half shot versus High Point, is 24-of-43 (55.8 percent) from the field over the last four games, averaging 15.5 points per game in that span. Over the last two seasons, UMBC is an incredible 24-1 when he scores in double figures and just 5-11 when he does not.
Sherburne's 20-point performance (24) vs. Air Force was the fifth of his career and the Retrievers' high-water mark in scoring through five games this season. He passed two players on UMBC's all-time scoring list during that game and sits in 15th place with 1,161 points. UMBC Hall of Famer Jay Greene is currently in 14 th position with 1,186 points.
Entering play in Bimini, Sherburne was 17th among all active Division I players in three-point field goals made. He now has 219, just three short of Brian Hodges ('08), who sits in sixth place on UMBC's all-time list at 222.
Curran and Lamar become the first UMBC duo to reach double figures in rebounds in the same game since former standout Jairus Lyles (20) and current senior Nolan Gerrity (Cleveland, Ohio) (15) achieved the feat in a double-overtime win over The Citadel on Dec. 19, 2016. They became the first tandem to post double-doubles in the same game since Lyles and K.J. Maura (points/assists) reached the mark vs. Maine on Jan. 8, 2017.
The double-double was the fifth in Lamar's career and the third for Curran. The 11 caroms also tied a career high for Curran.
Horvath has reached double figures in four straight games – all Retriever victories.
UMBC did not play an overtime game last season. In fact, the last time the Retrievers went to overtime was also a double OT affair, a 94-90 loss at New Hampshire in the regular season finale (Feb. 25, 2017) of the 2017-17 season, Odom's first with the Retrievers. UMBC improved to 3-1 in extra-time affairs under Odom.
The Retrievers have held its first five foes to just 27.0 percent shooting from behind the arc and an assist to turnover ratio of 0.5 (49a-92to).
UMBC committed a season-low 10 turnovers versus High Point.
The Retrievers have outscored their first five opponents by a total of 55 points in the second halves of games this season.
UMBC is a very solid 7-8 when trailing at halftime over the past two seasons and 9-8 when trailing or tied at the 20-minute mark.
UMBC has not scored first in any of their five games to date. Moreover, each of the Retrievers' opponents have opened the scoring with three-balls.
The five-point victory over Air Force was the Retrievers' first game decided by 10 or fewer points this season. UMBC has won 13 of the last 16 games when the margin of victory is in single digits.
Up Next: UMBC returns to Baltimore on Tuesday and will host American on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 1:00 p.m.