The UMBC men's basketball team (2-3) will face Nicholls State (3-2) in the final game of the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland Tournament competition. at the RAC Arena on Friday, Nov. 24. Tip-off time is slated for 2:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3, with Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.
UMBC defeated Chicago State, 84-73, to open the competition on Thanksgiving Day, and the Colonels followed with a 76-64 over Presbyterian.
Retriever Update: Junior forward Joe Sherburne scored 19 points and sophomore forward Arkel Lamar added 17 to lead the Retrievers to victory over Chicago State. Sherburne contributed a season-high of 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting, going 5-9 from distance, while Lamar added 17 points, shooting 6-of-10 from the field, and was perfect from beyond the arc, knocking down all five of his 3-point attempts.
UMBC continued its prowess from behind the arc, knocking down 14-of-30 attempts. They have hit 10 or more treys in four of five games this season and are in the top 15 in the nation at 12.2 made per game. The Retrievers have now made 10 or more treys in 20 of 39 games under head coach Ryan Odom and are shooting 45.2 percent (61-of-135) for the season.
Graduate student guard Jairus Lyles, who was the third Retriever in double figures with 13, leads the team at 20.0 points per game. Lyles has moved into a tie with UMBC Athletics' Hall of Famer Jay Greene for 13th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 1,186 points. Lamar (17.8 ppg) and senior guard Jourdan Grant (10.6 ppg) are averaging in double figures. Lamar is 17-of-29 (58.6 percent) from 3-point range, while Grant, who competed in his 100th game vs. Chicago State, is averaging a team-best 5.6 helpers per contest.
A Glance at the Colonels: Nicholls has rotated wins and losses and the Colonels are coming off a 76-64 win over Presbyterian on Thursday. The Colonels never trailed as they held PC to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor and dominated the paint (30-12) in the victory. Junior guard Roddy Peters approached a triple double with 24 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds.
Peters, a first-year transfer from South Florida, is averaging 22.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.0 rebounds per game. He scored 34 points and added 12 rebounds in 100-86 loss to Western Kentucky.
The 76 points actually represented a season-low for Nicholls, who are averaging 95.4 points per game and allowing 93.2 points per contest. Nicholls forces 18.0 turnovers per outing.
Series Record: The two teams met early in the 1988-89 season in the Citizens Bank Classic at Arkansas City. Nicholls State won a close 75-71 decision.
Other UMBC Notes: Sherburne moved into eighth place on UMBC's all-time 3-point list with 137 treys… UMBC has won seven of its last eight home games… Three of UMBC's last four foes have shot 50 percent or better from the floor and the Retrievers are allowing opponents to shoot 51.1 percent from the field through five games.
Up Next: UMBC has the weekend off, but will face Shenandoah on Monday, Nov. 27 at noon. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.