The UMBC men's basketball squad travels to Emmitsburg, Md. and will face Mount St. Mary's University for the 50th time at the Knott Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Tip-off time for the Mount's home opener is slated for 7:00 p.m. Live video is available on NEC Front Row.
Live stats will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com 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 shattered a school and America East Conference record by knocking down 19 3-point field goal attempts and tied its best-ever NCAA Division I start after defeating Messiah (Pa.) College, 98-59, at the RAC Arena on Dec. 3.
The Retrievers improved to 6-1 overall, which knots the 2007-08 America East championship team for the best start in 30 years of NCAA Division competition.
The 19 treys is tied for the third-most in NCAA Division I competition this season. Eight different Retrievers converted from behind the arc, led by sophomore forward Joe Sherburne, who knocked down 4-of-6 in a 14-point effort.
Five Retrievers scored in double figures, led by freshman forward Max Curran, who set season highs with 16 points and 8 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench.
Junior guard Jairus Lyles leads the squad and is second in America East and, averaging 20.8 points per game. He is also eighth in field goal percentage at 51.1, and tied for first with 1.7 steals per contest.
Three other Retrievers are averaging in double figures – senior forward Will Darley (12.4 ppg), Sherburne (11.7 ppg), and junior guard K.J. Maura (11.2. ppg). UMBC is averaging an America East-high 85.6 points per game and is shooting at a league-best 50.1 percent clip from the floor in the early stages of the campaign.
DOG BYTES: Through games of Dec. 4, UMBC was 26th in the nation in scoring average at 85.3 points per game. They are also ranked fifth nationally with 11.1 three-point field goals made per game and 12th in 3-pt. field goal percentage (42.2). The Retrievers have only committed 14.4 fouls per game, second nationally, just behind Clemson at 14.3 per outing.
The Retrievers lead America East in scoring average (83.6), scoring margin (+10.3), field goal percentage (50.1), treys made per game (11.1) and 3-pt. percentage (42.2), and assist/turnover ratio (+1.4).
UMBC recorded five wins in November, the most wins in a month since winning seven in February of 2008 and the most wins in November since winning the same number in November of 2007.
MOUNT UPDATE: The Mountaineers (1-8) opened the campaign with nine consecutive road affairs and make their home debut versus UMBC this evening. The Mount's lone victory occurred at George Mason, 78-76, in overtime, and MSM has dropped five straight since that Nov. 18 victory in Fairfax.
On Saturday, Mount St. Mary's played a tight game at Loyola Maryland, but came up on the short end of a 64-57 score. Sophomore guard Elijah Long led the visitors with 16 points, while senior guard Junior Robinson added 14. Loyola converted 23 free throw attempts (of 27), while Mount converted 9-of-15.
Long leads the Mount at 16.2 points per outing and has gone to the charity stripe 51 times (making 40), 29 more times than the next two ranked Mount players. Robinson adds 11.0 points per contest. Despite the record, Mount has converted 17 more treys, 68-51, than its opponents.
THE SERIES: UMBC and the Mount have met 49 previous times, with the Mountaineers leading the series, 29-20. The two universities have been a part of two conferences together, the NCAA Division II Mason-Dixon Conference (2 incarnations, 1975-86) and the Northeast Conference, where UMBC competed from 1997-2003. Mount St. Mary's and UMBC have met 21 times at the Division I level and the Retrievers hold a slight 12-9 edge.
Since resuming the series in 2012-13, each team has triumphed on its home floor. MSM took a 58-55 decision on a snowy day in December of 2012, while UMBC came up with a miraculous rally to win 90-84 in overtime the following season. Rodney Elliott scored 24 of his 26 points after halftime, as UMBC wiped out a school-record 23-point deficit and defeated Mt. St. Mary's, 90-84, in overtime on Nov. 17, 2013.
UMBC's 20 wins versus the Mount equals in number (most against any foe) against Towson and one more than the 19 recorded over Loyola.
LAST YEAR'S MEETING: Darley recorded then-career highs in scoring and rebounding, tallying 23 points and 10 caroms, as the host Retrievers bested Mount St. Mary's, 75-63, at the RAC Arena, on Dec. 12, 2016. The game was tied at 32-all at halftime, but the Retrievers opened the second stanza on a 15-1 surge, taking a 47-33 lead with 14:19 remaining, and the Mount did not creep within single digits the rest of the way.
Darley hit 10-of-16 shots from the floor and posted his first career double-double. Rodney Elliott added 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a complete effort, while Sherburne chipped in with 15 points and six caroms.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC completes the week at Richmond, where they will take on the Spiders on Saturday, Dec. 10. The game has been moved back to 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Plus.