The UMBC men's basketball squad (16-10, 8-3 America East) return home for back-to-back contests, beginning with a Saturday matinee against the UMass Lowell River Hawks (14-12, 6-5 AE) at the UMBC Event Center. Tip-off time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
#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.
A Glance at the Retrievers: Graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) led four Retrievers in double figures with 16 points and UMBC converted a team America East season-high 12 treys in a 64-50 victory at Binghamton. UMBC has won seven of their last eight games and four straight on the road.
The Retrievers knocked down 7-of-11 from long range against the Bearcat zone in the second half and shot 50 percent (12 of 24) for the game. UMBC freshman guard R.J. Eytle-Rock (London, England) scored 11 of his season high 13 points in the second half.
Sherburne leads the Retrievers in scoring at 14.6 points per game and is just 5 points shy of his previous season best of 384 points, recorded a season ago. He is also 3 points shy of moving past Brian Hodges and into seventh place on UMBC's all-time scoring list.
Junior guard K.J. Jackson is averaging 16.0 points per game over his last five and checks in 11.9 points per contest.
UMBC continues to lead America East in defense and is ranked 17th nationally, allowing 62.9 points per game.
A Glance at the River Hawks: UMass Lowell will play its third consecutive road game against UMBC. On Wednesday, The River Hawks thrashed UAlbany, 86-54, sweeping the season series with the Great Danes. Five River Hawks scored in double figures as the visitors shot 57.6 percent from the floor. They also outrebounded UAlbany, 45-23.
Junior guard Christian Lutete leads the River Hawks and is second in America East in scoring at 18.9 points per game. Lutete, who led UML with 20 points at UAlbany, also leads the league in field goal percentage (54.3) and rebounding (8.3). Three other River Hawks average double figures, including sophomore Obadiah Noel, who averages 14.8 points per game and is fourth in field goal percentage in the conference at 50.8 percent.
UML leads America East in scoring - averaging 79.0 points per contest – and field goal percentage at 47.6 efficiency.
Series Record/Last Meetings: UMBC won five consecutive games in the series until the River Hawks triumphed, 74-63, in Lowell last month. UML took the first six meetings and own a 7-5 advantage. The Retrievers won twice in a one-week span last season to even the series at 3-3 in Baltimore.
Lutete scored 26 points and led the River Hawks to a 74-63 victory over UMBC at the Tsongas Center on Jan. 12.
Sherburne led the visitors with 20 points, but failed to hit from long range. UMBC tied its season low with just three treys made in 16 attempts. The Retrievers trailed by 36-29, at halftime and never closed within six points in the second half.
Up Next: UMBC hosts Vermont on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPNU.