The UMBC men's basketball squad leaves the state of Maryland for the first time this season when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The Retrievers (4-1) have not played since Nov. 23, when they fell for the first time in 2016-17, dropping a 78-66 decision at Navy. Duquesne snapped a three-game slide by edging Cleveland State, 78-71, at home on Sunday.
Tip-off time at A.J. Palumbo Center is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Live stats will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com and the game will be streamed by the A-10 Network. 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: Host Navy used a big first-half surge to take a 14-point halftime lead and handed the Retrievers (4-1) their first setback of the year, a 78-66 decision at Alumni Hall. Junior guard Jairus Lyles led the Retrievers with 15 points, and senior forward Will Darley added a dozen.
Navy, which entered the game shooting just over 30 percent from behind the arc, caught fire from long range. The Mids hit six treys in a 22-5 run, which gave the hosts a 29-20 advantage at the 6:09 mark. Navy led, 42-28, at the break, and UMBC could not trim the deficit to single digits in the second half.
Lyles leads the squad, is second in America East and is 28th in the nation, averaging 21.8 points per game. He is also seventh in field goal percentage at 54.8, tied for fourth with 3.8 assists per game and tied for third with 2.0 steals per contest.
Three other Retrievers are averaging in double figures – senior forward Will Darley (13.2 ppg), junior guard K.J. Maura (12.0 ppg) and sophomore wing Joe Sherburne (10.4 ppg). UMBC is averaging an America East high 83.6 points per game and shooting 49.0 percent from the floor in the early stages of the campaign.
DUKES UPDATE: Duquesne (3-4) built an 18-point second half lead and held off Cleveland State, 78-71, at the Palumbo Center on Sunday. The Dukes shot 49.1 percent from the floor and held the Vikings to 38.5 percent shooting to snap a three-game slide. Freshman guard Mike Lewis II led three Dukes in double figures with 20 points, while senior post Darius Lewis posted a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double.
Duquesne opened the season with a 65-60 victory over Loyola (Md.) and its other victory was an 89-75 triumph over St. Francis of Pennsylvania.
Five Dukes average between 9.4 and 11.1 points per game. Sophomore guard Tarin Smith leads the way and is the lone Duke to average over 30 minutes (31.3) played per game. Freshman forward Isiaha Mike (10.0 ppg) leads the squad with 10 treys made.
THE SERIES: This evening's game is the fifth between UMBC and Duquesne. The Dukes have won the previous four, all played in Pittsburgh. Last season, DU bolted out to a massive 53-31 first half advantage, on the strength of ten first-half treys. UMBC fought back to within 12 points midway through the second half before succumbing, 89-70. UMBC's Joe Sherburne buried six treys and scored a career-high 25 points, while Will Darley added 13 points and eight caroms.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC will host Messiah (Pa.) College on Sat., Dec. 30 with a 1:00 p.m. tip.