The UMBC Retrievers (10-4. 1-0 America East) complete Week No. 1 of America East Conference play on Sunday, Jan. 8 when they host the Maine Black Bears (4-12, 0-1 AE). Tip-off time at the RAC Arena is set for 12:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3, with Gary Stein (play-by-play), John Feinstein (analyst) and Paul Mittermeier (sideline) describing the action.
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 is also available via UMBC Front Row, UMBC Athletics' mobile website.
RETRIEVERS' UPDATE: Four Retrievers scored in double figures as UMBC (10-4, 1-0) opened America East Conference play with a 85-71 victory over Binghamton (9-7, 0-1) at the RAC Arena.
It was UMBC's first victory in an America East lid-lifter since the 2011-12 campaign.
Senior forward Will Darley and junior guard Jairus Lyles paced the balanced effort with 17 points each. Sophomore forward Joe Sherburne added 14 points and sophomore post Nolan Gerrity pitched in with 13.
UMBC converted 10-of-21 shots from behind the arc as seven different Retrievers got into the act.
Lyles leads the squad and America East in scoring, averaging 21.6 points per game. He also is UMBC's top rebounder at 6.8 caroms per game, good for sixth in the conference. Named America East Player of the Week for the second time this season on Dec. 26, he is currently ranked 17th in the country in points per game.
Sophomore forward Joe Sherburne, who has knocked down 33-of-50 treys over the past nine games, is third in the nation in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 54.7 percent. He is now averaging 14.6 points per contest. Darley is also averaging in double figures at 13.1 points per game.
Through games of Jan. 5, UMBC was 34th in the nation in scoring average at 82.8 points per game. They are also ranked 22nd nationally with 9.7 three-point field goals made per game and 13th in 3-pt. field goal percentage (40.7). The Retrievers led America East in scoring average, scoring margin (+8.0), field goal percentage (47.9), treys made per game and 3-pt. percentage.
DOG BYTES: The 10-4 start is also UMBC's best Division I record through 14 games. Only the 1981-82 NCAA Division II squad earned more at 11-3 after 14 contests. The 10 victories are UMBC's most since posting 15 in the 2008-09 campaign.
UMBC was ranked No. 21 in the Dec. 26 College Insider Mid-Major poll. The Retrievers received the most votes (47) in the Others Receiving Votes section in the Jan. 2 poll.
BLACK BEARS' UPDATE: Maine (4-12, 0-1) has dropped six straight, but has two impressive road wins at Longwood and Dartmouth on their resume. They gave pre-season AE favorite Vermont a great battle on Thursday. The Black Bears trailed by only three points with less than five minutes remaining, but fell, 90-77, in Bangor.
Junior transfer Wes Myers had a monster game versus Vermont, scoring 30 points in 27 minutes off the bench. Myers leads Maine with 14.8 points per outing. He has gotten to the free throw line 85 times (69/85) in 16 games this season. Freshman Andrew Fleming is one of America East's top rookies, and enters the contest at 10.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
THE SERIES: Maine is the lone team in America East that the Retrievers have a winning record against. The Retrievers are 15-12 in league play versus Maine and 15-13 in 28 all-time meetings.
The Bears, however, had enjoyed some success at the RAC Arena, winning 6 of 13 contests. But UMBC has won four straight in Baltimore and has swept Maine in each of the past two seasons.
LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS: UMBC triumphed, 89-76, in Baltimore, on Jan. 9. 2016, and earned a 83-79 victory in Portland, Maine on Feb. 6. Lyles scored 27 and Rodney Elliott added 21 as UMBC scored 50 second-half points in the contest at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers shot 58.8 percent from the floor and scored 20 more points from the charity stripe in the game.
Lyles exploded for 37 points as UMBC hung on for a four-point victory in the return visit to Maine. Aaron Calixte scored 18 points for Maine. The Retrievers enjoyed a 43-25 margin on the glass.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC hits the road for contests at Hartford and Vermont next week. The Retrievers take on the Hawks in West Hartford, Conn., on Wed., Jan. 11 at 7:00 p.m.