Men's Basketball Makes First of Three February Empire State Visits; Takes On Binghamton Wednesday Evening

photo by" Brian Gonzalez
photo by" Brian Gonzalez

UMBC at Binghamton Game Notes

The UMBC men's basketball squad (15-10, 7-3 America East) heads to New York for the first time in America East play this season as they take on the Binghamton Bearcats (7-18, 3-7 AE) at the BU Events Center on Wednesday, Feb. 13.  Tip-off time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

 

A Glance at the Retrievers: Junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) and graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) scored 22 and 21 points respectively as an injury-riddled UMBC squad rallied to defeat Maine, 67-66, at Cross Insurance Center on Sunday.

 

The Retrievers have won six of the last seven games and three straight on the road in league competition.

 

UMBC dressed only ten players in the game, as junior post Sam Schwietz (ankle) joined the list of injured big men, which now totals five.

 

The Retrievers misfired on 22 of their first 27 attempts from behind the arc, but converted their last four down the stretch to post the victory.

 

Sherburne leads the Retrievers in scoring at 14.5 points per game and is just 21 points shy of his previous season best of 384 points, recorded a season ago. Jackson is averaging 17.0 points per game over his last four and checks in 11.9 points per contest.

 

UMBC continues to lead America East in defense, allowing 63.4 points per game.

 

A Glance at the Bearcats: Binghamton snapped a three-game slide and picked up their second road win of the year, a 68-61 triumph at New Hampshire. The Bearcats never trailed, as reigning America East Rookie of the Week guard Sam Sessoms hit 10-of-19 shots and scored 28 points.

 

Sessions is third in America East in scoring, averaging 18.1 points per game. He averages 15.5 shots taken per game and has attempted 145 more shots than Binghamton's next-highest player. Senior forward Caleb Stewart also averages double figures at 11.1 points per game and leads the squad with 7.4 caroms per game.

 

Binghamton has the worst rebound margin in America East at -6.9, but blocks the most shots at over 5.0 per contest.  

 

Series Record/Last Meetings: UMBC has won six consecutive games in the series to take an 18-16 overall lead. The Bearcats won the first six and 10 of the first 12 contests in Vestal, but UMBC has captured to straight to trim the series deficit to 10-5.

 

In January, UMBC outrebounded Binghamton, 27-22, and allowed no Bearcat second-chance points in a 68-49 victory at the UMBC Event Center. Sherburne stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists as he started his record-breaking 113th game. Stewart led Binghamton  with 16 points, but scored only 3 after halftime.  

 

In the earlier meeting to open league play, Maine led UMBC, 31-19, at the half, but the Retrievers outscored the Black Bears, 42-21, in the final 20 meetings to triumph, 61-52. UMBC forced 22 Black Bear turnovers and shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half to earn the victory. Fleming recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead all players in both categories.

 

Up Next: UMBC opens a two-game homestand on Saturday, Feb. 16, when they host the UMass Lowell River Hawks. #RetrieverNation will celebrate Alumni Day and honor two special anniversaries that afternoon, as the 1978-79 and 1998-99 squads will be recognized. The former squad reached the NCAA DII quarter-finals and finished the season ranked No. 6 in the nation, while the younger group won the Northeast Conference regular season title.

 

Tip-off time is slated for 1:00 p.m. and tickets are available at https://bit.ly/2SsFQCX.