Men''s Basketball Falls at Stony Brook, Returns Home for Senior Day Saturday Afternoon vs. UNH

Men''s Basketball Falls at Stony Brook, Returns Home for Senior Day Saturday Afternoon vs. UNH

Stony Brook, N.Y. – A depleted UMBC team could not overcome a balanced Stony Brook attack and poor shooting from outside the arc, as they fell to the Seawovles, 78-63, at IFCU Arena.

UMBC dropped its second straight in New York and fell to 18-12 overall and 10-5 in America East play, while SBU improved to 23-6, 11-3. The Retrievers remain in third place with one game remaining, Senior Day on Saturday, March 2 versus New Hampshire.

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.

The Retrievers only dressed 10 players, as starting freshman guard R.J. Eytle-Rock (London, England) joined the injured list, missing the game with a hand injury.

Junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) led the Retrievers with 18 points and graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) added 16.

UMBC outscored Stony Brook, 44-26, in the paint and converted 24-of-36 shots inside the arc. However, the Retrievers misfired on 19-of-20 shots from behind the arc, including many great looks.

Trailing 40-29 at intermission, the Retrievers made strong second half runs. UMBC opened the half on 10-2 run to cut deficit to 42-39 at the 15:20 mark, but a Andrew Garcia trey sparked a 9-2 Seawolf respond to extend the lead to 51-41 with 12:14 to play.

Junior guard Ricky Council II (Durham, N.C.), who added 10 points for the visitors, hit the Retrievers' lone trey of the night to get to within 60-54 with 6:43 remaining. But a 7-0 Seawolf surge extended the lead to 67-54 and the Retrievers could not recover. .  

Five Seawolves scored in double figures, led by Akwasi Yeboah with 16 points. SBU hit 27-of-54 shots from the floor and 11-of-25 from behind the arc.   

UMBC never led, falling behind, 11-4, at the 15:27 mark and by as many as 24-10 with 11:18 to play in the half. The Retrievers misfired on all 12 3-point attempts in the first 20 minutes, but managed to stay engaged by hitting 13-of-19 shots from inside the arc. Defensively, UMBC held SBU to just 16 points in the final 11:18 and trailed only, 40-29 at intermission.