Men's Basketball to Honor Seniors Darley, Grace Before Wednesday's Regular Season Home Finale vs. Stony Brook

Men's Basketball to Honor Seniors Darley, Grace Before Wednesday's Regular Season Home Finale vs. Stony Brook

Stony Brook at UMBC Game Notes 

The UMBC men's basketball team (17-10, 8-6 America East) completes the home portion of the regular season by welcoming Stony Brook (17-10, 12-2 AE) on Wed., Feb. 22.

 

The Retrievers will honor seniors Will Darley and Ben Grace before the 7:00 p.m. tip-off versus the Seawolves. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats at 6:45 p.m. for the pre-game ceremony.   

 

The contest will be broadcast on ESPN3, with Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.   

 

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: Senior forward Will Darley made school history, knocking down ten 3-point field goals and scoring a career-high 38 points as the Retrievers (17-10, 8-6 America East) snapped a season-long three-game slide with a 108-102 victory over UMass Lowell (11-19, 5-10) on Saturday.

 

The 38-point effort is the third-most scored by a Retriever in 49 seasons of basketball at UMBC. He eased by teammate Jairus Lyles, who scored 37 at Maine last February.  The 38 points is the most scored by an America East player this season.

 

UMBC can finish third, fourth, or fifth in the America East standings. A loss to the Seawolves would knock the Retrievers out of the running for third place.

 

Junior guard Jarius Lyles leads the squad and is second in America East in scoring, averaging 18.8 points per game. The 6'2" guard is also UMBC's top rebounder at 6.5 caroms per game, good for seventh in the conference.  

 

Darley is now scoring at a clip of 16.6 points per game and is averaging 20.1 points per outing (2nd in the league) in America East contests.  He is now ranked 11th in the nation in 3-pt. field goal percentage (45.9 percent) and 21st in free throw percentage (89.2 percent).

 

Sophomore forward Joe Sherburne leads the conference in 3-pt. field goal percentage at 48.3 percent and is averaging 11.6 points per contest.

 

Darley (990 career points), Lyles (984), junior guard Rodney Elliott (983) and are all within range of the 1,000 point plateau.   

 

Through games of Feb. 19, UMBC was 19th in the nation in scoring average at 82.3 points per game. They are also 15th nationally with 9.9 three-point field goals made per game and have skyrocketed to 7th in 3-pt. field goal percentage (41.0 percent).

 

MORE DOG BYTES:  As of Feb. 19, UMBC was the 2nd-most improved Division I team in the nation with a 12.5-game improvement (7-25 to 17-10) over a year ago. Minnesota stood 1.5 games ahead at +14.0.

 

UMBC has already shattered a season record for 3-point field goals made in a season. The Retrievers have 268, breaking the mark of 248, which was set in the 2007-08 campaign.

 

The Retrievers scored 100 for the fourth time this season vs. UML- they have only scored 100 plus on multiple occasions in a campaign one other time when they also posted four efforts in 1991-92.

 

SEAWOLVES' UPDATE: The defending America East champion Seawolves (17-10, 12-2 AE) have won six straight and will host a quarterfinal playoff game on Wednesday. Stony Brook is currently the No. 2 seed under new head coach Jeff Boals.

 

Senior guard Lucas Woodhouse leads the squad, averaging 15.4 points per game. He also leads America East in assists, with 5.5 helpers per game and shoots nearly 45 percent from 3-point range. Wing Tyrell Studivant chips in with 11.7 points and a team-high 5.8 caroms per game.

 

The Seawolves' gaudiest numbers come in the turnover column, where they only commit 10.0 miscues per game.  SBU closed its home slate with a 76-55 win over Binghamton on Saturday. Newcomer Akwasi Yeboah led the way with 19 points. The Seawolves conclude the regular season at Vermont on Saturday.

 

THE SERIES:  The Retrievers actually held an 8-5 lead over Stony Brook through the 2007-08 campaign, but the Seawolves have won 18 consecutive contests. They have won 9 of 13 at the RAC Arena, including the last eight in a row.

 

EARLIER MEETING: UMBC sliced a 21-point first half deficit to 46-45 midway through the second half, but could not complete the rally and fell to Stony Brook, 83-73, at IFCU Arena on January 25.

 

Will Darley and Jairus Lyles scored 20 points each for UMBC. Junior guard Rodney Elliott sparked the second half comeback by tallying all of his 13 points in the final 20 minutes. But UMBC could not overcome 34.4 percent shooting against the defending America East champions.

 

WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC concludes the regular season at New Hampshire on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. The America East quarterfinals commence on Wed., March 1 at the top four seeds.