Men's Basketball Wraps Up Regular Season, Honors Seniors, in Saturday Matinee vs. UNH

Men's Basketball Wraps Up Regular Season, Honors Seniors, in Saturday Matinee vs. UNH

UMBC vs. UNH Game Notes 

BALTIMORE - UMBC will host New Hampshire in the Retrievers' regular season finale on Saturday, March 2. The men's basketball program will honor seniors Nolan Gerrity (Cleveland, Ohio), Max Portmann (Wichita Falls, Texas), Isaiah Rogers (West Orange, N.J.) and Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) at 12:45 p.m., prior to the 1:00 p.m. tip-time at the UMBC Event Center.

 

The game will be broadcast on ESPN+ and tickets are available at https://bit.ly/2EidRfl.

The Retrievers (18-12, 10-5 America East) have dropped two straight, but can still finish as high as second-place in the America East standings. UMBC has the final bye of the regular season on Tuesday and will await its seeding and opponent for next Saturday's America East quarter-final foe. That game will be played at the UMBC Event Center at 1:00 p.m. on March 9.

 

UNH (4-23, 2-12 AE) put itself back in playoff contention with a 62-58 win at UAlbany on Wednesday.

 

Retriever Review:  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 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.

 

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) scored 18 points to lead UMBC.

 

UMBC currently leads America East in defense, allowing 64.0 points per game (22nd nationally). They also lead in turnover margin (3.2, 31st nationally), and steals per game (7.7, 47th). Their 231 steals are the 23rd most in the nation. 

 

A Glance at the Wildcats:  New Hampshire put a stop to an 11-game skid by upsetting UAlbany, 62-58 on the road on Wednesday. The win was UNH's first away from Lundholm Gym after 13 setbacks this season.

 

UNH held UAlbany to only six second-half field goals and knocked down 6-of-12 treys in the final 20 minutes to earn the victory. Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Chris Lester, who swished 4-of-5 from long range and scored 15 points.

 

Graduate student guard Jordan Reed leads the Wildcats in scoring at 10.3 points per game.

 

Six Wildcats - led by Reed's 49 - have converted 20 or more treys. UNH averages 8.8 treys made per game and have only allowed 7.0 long-range shots per contest.  

 

Series Record/Last Meetings: The Retrievers have won three straight in the series, but still trail overall, 19-14. UMBC has captured the last two games in Baltimore, but UNH has taken 8 of 15 overall.

 

On Jan. 26, UMBC edged New Hampshire, 59-51. K.J. Jackson scored 21 points and Joe Sherburne added 14. UMBC hit 10-of-11 second half free throws and only committed 11 fouls in the game. UNH did not make a free throw, missing all four attempts.