Men's Basketball Faces Tough Test in Albany at Event Center on Saturday Afternoon

photo by: Mitchell Layton
photo by: Mitchell Layton

UMBC vs. Albany Game Notes

The UMBC men's basketball squad (10-9, 2-2 America East ) shoots for its fifth consecutive home victory when they host the UAlbany Great Danes (5-13, 0-3 AE) on Saturday, Jan. 19. Tip-time is slated for 1:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3 with Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.  


A Glance at the Retrievers: UMBC graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) stuffed the stat sheet in a record-breaking night, leading a tenacious Retriever effort in a 68-49 America East Conference victory over Binghamton at the UMBC Event Center on Wednesday. Sherburne led the Retrievers with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals in over 36 minutes of playing time.


The Academic All-American hit three milestones in the first half. At the tip, he officially started his 113th game, setting a new school record. With his first field goal at the 17:44 mark, he became the eighth Retriever to record 500 in a career and with his third rebound, he became the third UMBC Division I player (sixth all-time) to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists in a career.  


The 49 points allowed by UMBC is the fewest scored by a Division I foes in 81 such games coached by Ryan Odom in three seasons.


Sherburne scored in double figures for the 12th consecutive game – a career high - and UMBC with 14.6 points per contest.


Sophomore center Daniel Akin (London, England) underwent successful surgery on Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will miss the rest of the 2018-19 campaign. Akin averaged 7.4 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game in seven games since return from six months of rehab from a similar injury suffered over the summer. Akin suffered the injury in practice on Jan. 14.


A Glance at the Great Danes: Perennial America East power UAlbany has dropped three straight games, all in conference play. On Wednesday, the Great Danes led host UMass Lowell, 42-35, at halftime, but the River Hawks scored 49 second-half points (shooting 69.2 percent from the floor) to rally for an 84-72 victory.  Freshman sharpshooter Cameron Healy led four Danes in double figures with 19 points.


Healy is scoring at a 15.6 clip and leads the league with 57 treys (3.3 per game) and in 3-point percentage at 40.7 percent. Junior guard Ahmad Clark is second in America East in scoring (18.3 ppg) and is great at getting to the free throw line, converting 90-of-116 attempts (77.6 percent).


UAlbany averages 67.8 points per game and allows 72.2. They are second in the league in free throw percentage (75.4 percent), but eighth in field goal defense (45.7 percent).  


Series Record/Last Meetings: UMBC snapped an eight-game slide to UAlbany by rallying past the Great Danes, 68-60, for the program's first victory in the UMBC Event Center last February 16.  UAlbany led by as many as 12 points early in the second half, but, buoyed by a pair of Brandon Horvath treys, the Retrievers went on a critical 11-2 late run and made multiple stops down the stretch to earn the W.


In January, UAlbany had overwhelmed UMBC, 83-39, at SEFCU Arena.


The Great Danes lead the all-time series, 25-8, and have won 10 of 15 contests in Baltimore.


Up Next: The Retrievers head back to New England for another two-game road swing. UMBC faces Vermont on Wednesday evening and then take on New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon.