The UMBC men's basketball team returns to Baltimore, but will travel six miles into the city and face local rival Coppin State in the Eagles' home opener at the Physical Education Center. The ball tips off on Monday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. Live stats will be available via umbcretrievers.com and updates will be provided via UMBC Basketball's Twitter account @UMBC_MBB.
Retriever Review: Drew McDonald scored 21 points and Dantez Walton added 19 as host Northern Kentucky defeated UMBC, 78-60, at BB&T Arena on November 30. Last season's regular season Horizon League regular season champions are off to their best-ever start at 8-1. UMBC dropped its third straight and fell to 4-4 on the season.
Graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) led the Retrievers with 18 points, hitting 8-of-10 field goal attempts. Sherburne moved into 14th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list, passing Jay Greene ('09), now with 1,197 points. Sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) scored 16 of his 17 points for the Retrievers in the second half, but UMBC could not slice into a 39-21 halftime deficit.
Sherburne leads the Retrievers with 13.3 points per game and is shooting 52.5 percent from the floor. Horvath checks in at 12.0 points per game and shares the team rebounding team with junior forward Max Curran (Hooksett, N.H.) at 6.8 caroms per contest.
UMBC is forcing 18.0 turnovers per outing, ranked 18th in the nation.
A Glance at the Eagles: Coppin State will play their first home game of the season this evening, after dropping eight straight away from Baltimore to open the campaign. Last Thursday, CSU came within four seconds of upsetting James Madison on the road, but the Dukes prevailed in overtime, 81-71. Guard Lamar Morgan hit 5-of-9 from long range and led the Eagles with 20 points.
Morgan leads CSU with 10.9 points per game and has knocked down 19 treys through eight games. Coppin State attempts 27.5 treys per game.
All-Time Series: UMBC snapped a four-game slide last year as the series was renewed in an 81-74 victory at the RAC Arena. UMBC built a 19-point lead early in the second half, but CSU scored 14 straight points and the game was close down the stretch. Jairus Lyles led all scorers with 27 points, but Arkel Lamar added 14 points and 13 caroms and Joe Sherburne scored 15 points.
UMBC is 3-11 all-time on the Coppin State campus, but has won two of the last four. Coppin State prevailed, 91-71, in the most recent contest in 2013-14.
Up Next: UMBC concludes the season-long three-game road trip on Saturday at Drexel. Tip-off time is slated for 2:00 p.m.