The UMBC Retrievers take to the road for the first time in the 2016-17 campaign, as they travel to Princess Anne, Md. to face the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks at Hytche Arena. A 4:00 p.m. tip-off time is slated for the Hawks' home opener.
The contest will be broadcast on The Shore's You Tube channel with Will DeBoer and David Byrd on the call.
Live stats will be available and fans can also follow via the men's basketball program's Twitter feed (UMBC_MBB). Access of live stats and video is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
RETRIEVERS' UPDATE: UMBC tied a school record by converting 17 3-point field goals as the Retrievers cruised to a 92-61 victory over Hood (Md.) College in the debut of head coach Ryan Odom on Nov. 11. Junior guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) picked up where he left off last season, as he led six Retrievers in double figures with 18 points.
Seniors Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) and Ben Grace (Catonsville, Md./The Gilman School) led the barrage of treys, converting four apiece. Darley scored 14 points, while Grace and sophomore wing Joe Sherburne added a dozen apiece.
Leading 8-7, the Retrievers scored 18 consecutive points to open up a 26-7 advantage with 11:17 to play in the first half. Darley buried three of his four treys in that surge. The Retrievers led, 48-17, at the break, as they hit 10-of-22 from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes.
UMBC outrebounded Hood, 44-17, and opened a campaign with a victory for the first time since 2008.
HAWK UPDATE: Senior forward Bakari Copeland poured in 21 points — including 14 in the second half, but the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (0-1) dropped a close season opener at George Washington 75-71 on Nov. 11. Eastern Shore trailed 51-33 with 11:21 to go in the game, but applied full-court pressure and chipped away at that lead. Junior guard Ryan Andino's trey with 1:25 left brought The Shore within four at 71-67, but the Hawks could not complete the comeback.
Andino added 11 points, while senior guard Thomas Rivera scored 10. The Shore hit 9-of-21 shots from behind the arc and forced 20 Colonial turnovers, while only committing 10.
The Hawks look to improve on last season's 10-22 finish, led by Copeland, who finished third on the team with 10.5 points per game.
THE SERIES: The sister institutions are meeting for the fourth consecutive year and both sides have held serve at home. UMBC triumphed, 89-75, a year ago and 64-59 at the RAC Arena late in 2013. In December of 2014, UMBC fell behind, 27-7, in the early going, and could not recover, falling, 65-52, to the host Hawks.
UMBC has won five of the seven previous meetings overall.
LAST YEAR'S MEETING: Guards Lyles (26 points) and Rodney Elliott combined for 46 points and Darley scored 23 points as the Retrievers shot a sizzling 58.5 percent from the floor in a 89-75 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore (3-12) at the RAC Arena on Dec. 31 ,2015.
Darley came within two field goals made of knotting a school record. He buried all eight field goal attempts, including 4-of-4 from three-point range.
UMBC led, 42-36, at the half, but built the lead to double digits early in the second stanza to post the victory. Copeland hit 7-of-8 shots for the Hawks, scoring 17 points.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC continues to face Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference competition on Wednesday as they will host Delaware State in the first meeting between the schools. Tip-time is slated for 7:00 p.m. at the RAC Arena.