The UMBC men's basketball team (1-3) continues its busy first few weeks of the campaign when the Retrievers host Chicago State (2-4) to open the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland Tournament competition at the RAC Arena on Thursday, Nov. 23. Tip-off time is slated for 12:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3, with Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.
UMBC will play 12 games in the first 30 dates of the campaign.
Retriever Update: UMBC came up on the short end of an offensive shootout, as the Retrievers fell, 93-88, at Colgate on November 19.
The Retrievers shot 54.1 percent from the floor and knocked down 14-of-25 treys, but the hosts converted 56.7 percent and netted 15-of-28 shots from behind the arc.
Akin to the opening setback at SMU, UMBC led for more time than their foe and led at the half, but could not close in the final five minutes.
Graduate student guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) posted his first double-double of the season, sharing game scoring honors with 26 points and leading all players with 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) tallied 20 of his career high 24 points in the final 20 minutes.
Lyles leads the team and the America East Conference at 21.8 points per game. He is ranked 45th in the nation in scoring through games of Nov. 21. Lyles has moved into 14 th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 1,173 points in just 57 UMBC games, a current school-record scoring average of 20.8 points per game. Lamar (18.0 ppg) and Grant (11.3 ppg) are averaging in double figures.
Through games of Nov. 20, UMBC is ranked 14th in treys made per game (11.8) and 17th in 3-point field goal percentage (44.8) and treys made (47). Over the last two games, UMBC has knocked down 61-of-114 shots (53.5 percent) from the floor.
A Glance at the Cougars: Chicago State (2-4) comes into the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland Tournament fresh off a 113-65 victory over East-West University on Tuesday. The Cougars only made four treys of the 45 field goals they converted in the game. All 14 Cougars hit the scoring column and they were led by reserve forward Delonte Simmons, who scored 17 points and added 11 rebounds.
Simmons is averaging 8.7 points per game and is shooting 51.4 percent from the floor. Junior guard Fred Sims, Jr., who scored 15 points vs. East-West, leads the squad with 13.2 points per contest.
Chi-State's losses have occurred at hands of national powers Iowa (95-62), Purdue (111-42), Notre Dame (105-66) and Northern Iowa (82-44).
Chicago State competes in the Western Athletic Conference.
Up Next: UMBC will compete in the 2:30 p.m game on Friday versus either Nicholls or Presbyterian. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.