The UMBC men's basketball squad (9-9, 1-2) returns home after a week-long trip to New England to face a pair of New York-based America East foes. The Binghamton Bearcats (5-12, 1-1 AE) make their first-ever trip to the UMBC Event Center on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Tip-time is slated for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+ with Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.
Tickets are available at https://bit.ly/2HqCmvN.
A Glance at the Retrievers: UMass Lowell's Christian Lutete scored 26 points and led the River Hawks (9-9, 1-2 AE) to a 74-63 victory over UMBC (9-9, 1-2 America East) at Tsongas Center on Saturday, Jan. 12.
UMBC graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) led the visitors with 20 points, but failed to hit from long range for just the second time this season. UMBC tied its season low with just three treys made in 16 attempts.
Sherburne scored in double figures for the 12th consecutive game – a career high - and leads UMBC at 14.6 points per contest. Sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) checks in at 11.1 points per game, while junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) averages 10.8 points per game and leads the team in assists (72) and steals (41, 19th in the nation in total steals).
Sherburne is set to break Terence Ward's (1997-01) school record for most starts in a career with 113. He needs three rebounds to become the third UMBC Division I player and sixth all-time to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists and his next field goal will be No. 500 – the eighth Retriever to reach that milestone.
UMBC currently leads America East in defense, allowing 65.3 points per game (38th nationally). The Retrievers are also first in turnover margin (4.0, 23rd nationally) and steals (8.5, 28th nationally). They are 10th in the nation in total steals (153) and 22nd in turnovers forced (17.1) per game.
A Glance at the Bearcats: Binghamton (5-12, 1-1 AE) is coming off an early bye after defeating UNH, 69-58, and falling at Stony Brook, 59-46, in the first two games of conference play. The Bearcats are 4-5 at home this season and 1-7 on the road.
Binghamton has allowed over 70 points only once in the past seven games and that occurred at second-ranked Michigan (74-52). They lead America East and is ranked No. 6 in the nation in blocked shots with 5.6 per game as fourth-year posts Chancellor Barnard and Caleb Stewart have combined for 63 rejections on the year.
Offensively, AE Rookie of the Year candidate Sem Sessoms is fifth in the conference in scoring, averaging 17.4 points per contest. He has 115 field goals, nearly twice the number of Barnard (62, 9.1 ppg, team-high 6.6 rpg). Sharpshooter J.C. Show averages 10.4 ppg and leads the squad with 36 treys.
Series Record/Last Meetings: With five consecutive wins in the series, UMBC has taken an overall lead of 17-16. The Retrievers gained their first lead in the series since moving ahead, 6-5, after 11 games. The Retrievers have won three straight in Baltimore and hold a prohibitive 11-4 advantage in home contests.
A season ago, UMBC triumphed, 69-57, at home in January and 78-68, in Vestal, N.Y. a month later. Sherburne had a monster year versus the Bearcats, scoring 18 points at home and 24 on the road. He knocked down 17-of-24 shots from the floor and 8-of-12 from long range.
Up Next: The Retrievers host Albany at the UMBC Event Center on Saturday afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. tip-off time. Tickets are available at https://bit.ly/2VXWU1w.