The UMBC Retrievers (18-11, 10-4 America East) and Stony Brook Seawolves (22-6, 10-3 AE) square off in a battle for second place in the America East Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at IFCU Arena in Stony Brook, N.Y. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.
UMBC fell one-half game behind Stony Brook after the Retrievers saw their four-game winning streak halted, 84-75, at UAlbany on Saturday evening. SBU defeated Maine, 81-53, to move back into second after UMBC had claimed it two evenings earlier with a 65-56 win over first-place Vermont.
Both teams have clinched a first-round home game in the America East quarter-finals on March 9.
Graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) leads the squad at 14.3 points per game. Sherburne – who just earned CoSIDA All-District 2 Academic All-America honors – set the school record for games played by a Retriever at 130 against the Catamounts. Jackson checks in at 12.3 points per game and has averaged 16.4 points per game over his last seven contests.
UMBC currently leads America East in defense, allowing 62.8 points per game (17th nationally).
A Glance at the Seawolves: Stony Brook (22-6, 10-3 AE) moved one-half into ahead of UMBC and into second place in America by virtue of an 81-53 home win versus Maine on Saturday. The Seawolves will be playing their final home game against UMBC - they conclude the campaign at Vermont and Hartford.
SBU hit 25 of 47 shots and 11 of 25 treys in the rout of Maine. Junior wing Akwasi Yeboah led the way with 27 points.
Yeboah leads three Seawovles in double figures with 17.2 points per game. He is ranked fourth in the league in scoring and fourth in rebounding (7.7 per game). Sophomore forward Elijah Olaniyi checks in with 11.7 points and 5.7 caroms per contest.
Stony Brook averages 72.0 points per game and allows 65.9. They are the top rebounding team in the league with a margin of +6.6.
Series Record/Last Meetings: The Seawolves lead the overall series, 24-11. UMBC took an 8-5 series lead before SBU won 18 consecutive games. The Retrievers have captured three of the last four.
UMBC won the first meeting this year, 57-49, on Jan. 30. Sherburne posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 caroms. Neither team shot over 40 percent from the floor, but UMBC won the turnover battle, 18-8 and attempted 14 more shots in the game.
The Retrievers snapped a 10-game road losing streak to SBU in last season's 67-63 victory. The Seawolves have won 13 of 16 contests on Long Island.
Up Next: UMBC concludes the regular season on Saturday, March 2 as the New Hampshire Wildcats visit the UMBC Event Center. Tip-off time is slated for 1:00. UMBC will celebrate Senior Day, so fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 12:45 p.m. Tickets are available at https://bit.ly/2EidRfl.