The UMBC men's basketball team (5-4) concludes a season-long three-game road swing when they visit Drexel (5-4) in the "City of Brotherly Love" on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tip-off time at the Daskalakis Athletic Center is set for 2:00 p.m. and video streaming is available on Drexel Dragons TV.
Retriever Review: Graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc./Whitefish Bay) led three Retrievers in double figures with 22 points as UMBC hit 60 percent from the floor in the second half and defeated host Coppin State, 71-60, in the Eagles' home opener on Dec. 3.
Junior guard Ricky Council II (Durham, N.C) added a season-best 14 points and freshman guard R.J. Eytle-Rock (London, England) tallied a season-best 12 points in his first collegiate start as UMBC (5-4) snapped a three-game slide. UMBC forced 15 Eagle miscues and outscored the hosts, 27-12, off of turnovers.
Sherburne leads UMBC in scoring at 14.3 points per game and is tops amongst America East players with a 55.1 percent efficiency from the floor. In the last two games, the 2017-18 Academic All-American has knocked down 15-of-19 shots from the field. Reserve sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southen) contributes 11.3 points and is tied with junior forward Max Curran (Hooksett, N.H.) with a team-best 6.2 caroms per game.
UMBC currently leads America East in defense, allowing 62.7 points per game. The next closest school is Vermont at 68.8 points per game. The Retrievers are also first in turnover margin (3.22), well ahead of Hartford's 2.20.
Notable: Sherburne is 20th among all active Division I players in three-point field goals made. He now has 225, moving into sixth place on UMBC's all-time list. He is also tied for 20th among active players with 111 games played and just moved into UMBC's all-time top ten with 3,339 minutes played.
Junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) is currently ranked 15th in the nation with 2.56 thefts per game and 23rd with 23 total steals.
A Glance at the Dragons: Drexel has won five of its last seven games and improved to 5-4 overall with a 95-86 win over Loyola Maryland on Dec. 5. All five DU starters scored in double figures, led by junior forward Alihan Demir, who scored 24 points and graduate transfer guard, Trevor John, who knocked down 7-of-9 from long range in a 21-point effort.
Drexel hit 31-of-50 shots from the floor, 11-of-16 from behind the arc and 22-of-25 free throws.
Drexel averages 81.8 points per game, led by Demir at 15.3 points per contest. John has already netted 37 (of 75) treys (4.1 per game, ranked fifth in the nation) on the season.
The Dragons are 4-1 at home this season. They have converted an astounding 57 more free throws than their first nine foes.
All-Time Series: UMBC and Drexel have not met in this century, but did play seven times in the previous one. Drexel leads, 5-2, and have won both meetings in Philadelphia (1991, 1994).
The two schools were both members of the East Coast Conference in 1990-91 and each school won on its home court that season.
The last meeting took place on Dec. 10, 1999, as part of the Conference Challenge Tournament. The host Retrievers defeated Drexel, 71-57, before falling to George Mason, 63-62, in overtime two days later.
Up Next: UMBC returns to Baltimore and will face local rival Towson at the UMBC Event Center on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at https://bit.ly/2UpfaQP.