Welcome Back, #RetrieverNation Students!: "Blackout" vs. Stony Brook on Tap Wednesday Evening

photo by: Craig Houtz
photo by: Craig Houtz

UMBC vs. Stony Brook Notes 

The UMBC men's basketball squad (13-9, 5-2 America East) completes the first half of conference play when they host the Stony Brook Seawolves (17-4, 5-1 AE) in "The Blackout Game" on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The game will be a "blackout" as fans are encouraged to wear black. The first 300 students will receive a black "Sharpie" t-shirt.


Tip off time is set for 7:00 p.m. and Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier have the call on ESPN+. Tickets are available at https://bit.ly/2RQTXS6.


A Glance at the Retrievers: Junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) tallied a game-best 21 points, while graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) added 14 points and nine rebounds as the UMBC Men's Basketball team used a late surge to push its win streak to four games and defeat host New Hampshire, 59-51, on Saturday afternoon. UMBC made just eight field goals in the second half, but sunk 10-of-11 from the free throw line to help get past the Wildcats.


Sherburne leads the Retrievers in scoring at 14.4 points per game, while Jackson checks in at 11.4 points per contest.


UMBC currently leads America East in defense, allowing 63.6 points per game (25th nationally). The Retrievers are also first in turnover margin (3.45, 30th nationally) and steals (8.1, 40th nationally). They are 17th in the nation in total steals (177).   


Notes: The win over Vermont was the second straight for UMBC after 23 consecutive setbacks... The Retrievers tied a season-high winning streak at 4 by virtue of the 59-51 three days later at UNH... The Retrievers are 4 games over .500 for the first time this season... UMBC has allowed 56.3 points per game during the streak... The Retrievers have won five in a row at home… UMBC has outscored its foes by 148 points in the second half this season and has won five times while trailing at the break. Unofficially, only Norfolk State (+175) Virginia Tech (+160) and Lipscomb (+149) has outscored its foes by more points in second halves through games of Jan. 27.


A Glance at the Seawolves: Stony Brook (17-4, 5-1 AE) saw its seven-game winning streak halted as Vermont upended the Seawolves, 73-52, on Long Island on Saturday evening. The Seawolves recorded only six second-half field goals and were outscored, 17-4, in points off turnovers in defeat.


Reserve sophomore wing Andrew Garcia scored 14 points to lead the Seawolves.


Stony Brook is one of the nation's top road teams with a 10-1 record on foreign hardwood, including an early 83-81 win at South Carolina.  


Junior forward Akwasi Yeboah, who attending Barking Abbey in London along with Retrievers Daniel Akin and R.J. Eytle-Rock, is one of the league's top players, averaging 17.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Stony Brook is outrebounding its foes by 6.3 caroms per game, but do have a -1.9 turnover margin.  


Series Record/Last Meetings: The teams split a pair of meetings last year, with each winning on the other's home court. UMBC snapped a 13-game losing streak on Long Island as they pulled out a 67-63 triumph last January. But Stony Brook returned the favor, upsetting UMBC, 64-57, at the UMBC Event Center in late February.


The Seawolves lead the overall series, 24-10, and have won 19 of the past 21 contests. SBU has captured 10 of 15 meetings in Baltimore. 


Next Up: UMBC is the last America East team to hit the bye and is off until next Wednesday, Feb. 6 when they host Hartford. Tip time at the UMBC Event Center is slated for 7:00 p.m.