BALTIMORE – UMBC will host Saint Francis (Pa.) University in the second round of the College Insider Tournament on Saturday, March 18. Tip-off time will be 2:00 p.m. at the RAC Arena.
The Retrievers (19-12) advanced by virtue of Wednesday's 88-83 victory over Fairfield, the program's first NCAA Division I post-season tournament victory.
Despite a two-week layoff, the Retrievers displayed great balance against Fairfield, as five players scored in double figures. Junior guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha), who moved into third place with 572 points in a UMBC single season, led the way with 20 points and senior forward Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) added 17 points.
Saint Francis (17-16), the Northeast Conference Tournament runner-up, posted a 78-76 victory at Jacksonville on Tuesday. Sophomore Andrew Wolford earned MVP honors after leading SFU with 13 points, while classmate Josh Nebo added 12 points. The Red Flash have won five of their last six contests.
The two schools have met 15 previous times, 10 of which occurred when the Retrievers were members of the NEC from 1998-2003. UMBC holds a 9-6 series advantage, but the Red Flash won both match-up in UMBC's final NEC campaign.
Tickets will be available by Friday, March 17 at www.umbcretrievers.com.