Men's Basketball Makes First New York Trip of AE Campaign as Retrievers Visit Stony Brook on Wednesday

Men's Basketball Makes First New York Trip of AE Campaign as Retrievers Visit Stony Brook on Wednesday

UMBC at Stony Brook Game Notes

UMBC (13-6. 4-2 America East) continues its stretch of four road America East games out of a span of five overall on Wednesday, Jan. 25 when the Retrievers travel to Long Island to take on Stony Brook (10-9, 5-1 AE). The Seawolves hold a one-game lead over both UMBC and UNH for second place in America East.  Tip-off time at IFCU Arena is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.  

 

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:  UMBC exploded for 57 second half points and erased a 14-point first half deficit to defeat host UMass Lowell, 102-86, on Sunday.

 

Senior forward Will Darley (28) and junior guard Jairus Lyles (22) combined for 50 points, while junior guard Rodney Elliott gave the Retrievers a spark off the bench by contributing a season-high 18 points. The Retrievers committed a season-low six turnovers vs. UML and hit 53 percent from the floor to outlast the River Hawks.

 

The win snapped a two-game slide by UMBC and  was the Retrievers' first in seven meetings vs. UML.

 

Lyles leads the squad and is second in America East in scoring, averaging 20.3 points per game. The 6'2" guard is also UMBC's top rebounder at 6.9 caroms per game, good for fourth in the conference. Named America East Player of the Week for the second time this season on Dec. 26, he is currently ranked 32nd in the country in points per game.  

 

Darley, who scored a season-high 29 points in the win at Hartford on Jan. 11, is at 14.7 points per game and leads the team with 18.8 points per outing in six America East contests. Sophomore forward Joe Sherburne, who has knocked down 41-of-68 treys over the past 14 games, is now ranked second in the nation in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 52.7 percent. He is now averaging 13.1 points per contest.

 

Through games of Jan. 22, UMBC was 41st in the nation in scoring average at 81.8 points per game. They are also ranked 17th nationally with 9.8 three-point field goals made per game and 14th in 3-pt. field goal percentage (40.3).

 

DOG BYTES: The 102 points scored in regulation by UMBC at UML is the most since scoring 102 versus Radford in February of 1993. The Retrievers scored 100 for the second time this season - they have only scored 100 plus on multiple occasions in a campaign one other time when they posted 4 efforts in 1991-92.

 

UMBC leads America East in scoring (81.8), 3-pt. field goal percentage (40.3), and treys per game (9.8). They are ranked second in assists (15.1), steals (6.7), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2) and defensive rebounds (26.6) and third in scoring margin (+6.3), and field goal percentage (47.7).

 

The 13-6 mark is one win shy of the 1998-99 squad's 14-5 record through 19 games. The 1981-82 NCAA Division II team was also one game better at 14-5. The 13 victories are UMBC's most since posting 15 in the 2008-09 campaign and the five road wins are the most since earning five that same season.  

 

The nine non-conference victories are the most the Retrievers have garnered in 26 years of NCAA Division I conference competition.  The six road wins are the most since the 2007-08 season, when they posted nine.

 

SEAWOLVES' UPDATE: Stony Brook (10-9, 5-1 America East) had opened America East play by reeling off five straight wins, but dropped a heartbreaking 71-67 decision at Binghamton on Sunday.  SBU is .500 both at home (4-4) and on the road (5-5) this year.

 

Stony Brook leads America East in turnover margin (+3.6) and offensive rebounds (11.8 per game). The Seawolves have attempted the most treys in America East (482, 25.4 per game) and knock down 8.6 (tied second, AE) per outing.

 

Guard Lucas Woodhouse leads the pack with 14.6 points per game, tenth in America East. Woodhouse is the league's top disher, averaging 5.3 assists per game, and is third in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0). Tyrell Sturdivant is the Seawolves' swiss army knife, averaging 12.5 points and  6.3 caroms per game and shoots 49.1 percent from the floor.

 

THE SERIES:  The Retrievers actually held an 8-5 lead over Stony Brook through the 2007-08 campaign, but the Seawolves have won 17 consecutive contests. They have won 12 of 14 on Long Island, including the last nine.

 

LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS: Stony Brook swept three games from UMBC in 2015-16, triumphing 86-74 at IFCU Arena on Jan. 13, overwhelming the Retrievers, 75-52, at the RAC Arena on Feb. 11 and prevailing, 86-76, in the America East quarterfinals back on Long Island on March 2.

 

Stony Brook shot 53.2 percent from the floor in the three contests and outrebounded UMBC by a 6.6 margin. Jairus Lyles averaged 19.7 in the three games, including a 24-point effort in the first meeting, while Will Darley tied a school record with 8 treys (32 points) in the playoff game. UMBC led that one, 62-61, at the midpoint of the second half, but could not pull off the upset.

 

WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC returns home to complete the first half of America East competition when they take on the New Hampshire Wildcats on Saturday, Jan. 28. Tip-off time at the RAC Arena is set for 1:00 p.m.