Men's Basketball Hosts League-Leading Vermont in Sunday Matinee

photo by: Brian Gonzalez
photo by: Brian Gonzalez

Vermont at UMBC Game Notes 

UMBC (16-8. 7-4 America East) saw its three-game league winning streak halted on Thursday against Hartford and will have to bounce back against the league's top team, the unblemished Vermont Catamounts (22-5, 12-0 AE) at the RAC Arena on Sunday, Feb. 12. Tip-off time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast on ESPN3. Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier cover all the angles of the match-up between the Retrievers and Catamounts.  

 

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: Visiting Hartford hit 15 of 24 shots in the second half and rallied to defeat UMBC, 84-77, at the RAC Arena on Thursday evening.

 

UMBC's three-game winning streak was halted and the setback dropped the Retrievers to 16-8, 7-4 in America East play. Hartford (7-19, 2-9 AE) snapped a six-game slide.

 

The Retrievers got standout offensive efforts from junior guard K.J. Maura and senior forward Will Darley. The 5'8" Maura buried 6-of-8 shots from behind the arc and scored a career-high 24 points, while Darley added 22 points, including 17 in the first 20 minutes.

 

Junior guard Jarius Lyles leads the squad and is second in America East in scoring, averaging 19.6 points per game. The 6'2" guard is also UMBC's top rebounder at 6.7 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 51st in the country in points per game.  

 

Darley, who earned America East co-Player of the Week and College Sports Madness AE Player of the week honors on Feb. 6, is scoring at a clip of 16.0 points per game and is averaging 20.0 points per outing (2nd in the league) in America East contests.  Sophomore forward Joe Sherburne leads the conference in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 50.0 percent and is averaging 12.6 points per contest.

 

Through games of Feb. 9, UMBC was 23rd in the nation in scoring average at 82.2 points per game. They are also tied for 13th nationally with 10.0 three-point field goals made per game and 11h in 3-pt. field goal percentage (40.6 percent).

 

DOG BYTES:   There are 30 first-year head coaches and 21 first-year new school coaches (with previous DI experience) in 2016-17. As of Feb. 6, Ryan Odom has the greatest winning percentage differential of all of those coaches at an improvement of 47.7 percent over last season's final record.

 

UMBC has led 18 of 24 games with five minutes remaining. The win over UNH was the Retrievers' first this season when trailing with 5:00 to go on the clock. The loss to Hartford was just UMBC's second (14-2) when leading with 5:00 remaining.

 

UMBC has only won more than 16 games five times in its 30-year NCAA Division I history… Junior guard Rodney Elliott scored seven points and has moved into 19th place in school history with 957 points… Darley has moved into eighth place in program history for 3-point field goals made with 127, while Sherburne is now tenth at 115.  

 

CATAMOUNTS' UPDATE: Vermont (22-5, 12-0 America East) has won all 12 league games and 14 in a row overall. The Catamounts have won all but three of their America East games by double digits and have a +14.7 scoring margin against league foes.

 

The New Hampshire Wildcats threatened UVM on Thursday night, taking an 11-point lead late in the first half. But Vermont rallied to tie the score by halftime and outlasted UNH in the second half to prevail, 82-74. Freshman guard Anthony Lamb, a five-time AE Rookie of the Week, produced a monster game with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Trae Bell-Haynes added 23 points and six assists.

 

Bell-Haynes leads a balanced attack with 11.3 points per game and has a team-high 103 assists. Forward Payton Henson comes in at 11.1 points per game and Lamb raised his average to 11.0 points per contest. Vermont shoots a league-high 49.2 percent from the field.

 

THE SERIES: Vermont has dominated the series, winning 20 straight and leading, 29-4. Three of UMBC's four wins occurred in the 2007-08 championship season. UMBC recorded home wins in 2005-06 and 2007-08, but UVM has captured the other 11 games at the RAC.

 

EARLIER MEETING: UMBC sliced a 14-point second half deficit to two points down the stretch, but could not complete the rally, and fell to Vermont, 81-72, before a packed house of 2,341 at Patrick Gym on January 13. Junior guard Jairus Lyles led all scorers with 23 points, while senior forward Will Darley added 22.

 

The Retrievers shot 54 percent from the floor, but just converted 6-of-16 from behind the arc and 12-of-18 from the charity stripe.

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WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC heads to Albany for a Wed., Feb. 15 match-up with the Great Danes. Tip time is slated for 7:00 p.m. and the broadcast will be available on ESPN3.