The UMBC men's basketball team (3-3) plays its final home game before four straight contests away from the RAC Arena on Monday, Nov. 27, when they host the Shenandoah Hornets. Special 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.
There will be free pizza for the first 100 students through the gates and admission is free for all UMBC faculty and staff.
Retriever Update: UMBC graduate student guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) hit a pair of free throws with 12.7 seconds remaining to propel the Retrievers an 89-88 thrilling victory over Nicholls in the final game of the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland Tournament, held at the RAC Arena.
Lyles led six Retrievers in double figures. He scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the second half, including seven in the final 4:50. Junior forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) capped off a stellar two-day run with 16 points, hitting 6-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-4 from behind the arc.
UMBC continued its prowess from behind the arc, as they have hit 10 or more treys in five of six games this season and were 13th in the nation at 11.8 made per game through games of Nov. 24. The Retrievers have now made 10 or more treys in 21 of 40 games under head coach Ryan Odom and are shooting 45.5 percent (71-of-156), good for sixth in the nation. The 71 treys made were eighth in the nation through Nov. 24.
Lyles leads the team at 19.7 points per game. Lyles has moved into 13th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list with 1,204 points. Sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (17.0 ppg) and senior guard Jourdan Grant (10.3 ppg) are averaging in double figures through six games. Lamar is 20-of-34 (58.8 percent) from 3-point range, which ranks fifth in the country and his 3.3 treys per game are 20th-best in the nation through games of Nov. 24. Grant leads America East with 5.5 helpers per contest and a 2.75 assist-to-turnover ratio.
A Glance at the Hornets: Shenandoah, from Winchester, Va., was 1-1 versus NCAA Division III competition prior to playing at Gallaudet on Sunday. The Hornets opened with a tough 82-79 overtime loss at Southern Virginia on Nov. 15, before opening the home slate with a 77-66 win over St. Mary's (Md.) two nights later.
Winchester native Adam Walsh was introduced as just the third full-time Head Men's Basketball Coach in Shenandoah University history in June, 2017. Walsh came to Shenandoah after leading the men's basketball program at Centenary College of Louisiana for seven seasons and posting a mark of 85-100.
Senior guard Kwa McDonald (Frederick, Md. / Tuscarora) was averaging a team-high 13.0 ppg through two official games. The transfer from Eastern Mennonite started all 26 games and averaged 8.1 points per game as a junior for the Hornets a year ago. He scored a team-high 15 points in tough opening loss (82-79) to Southern Virginia
Series Record: The Hornets won both meetings in UMBC's final two NCAA Division I seasons (1984-85 and 1985-86) and the Retrievers triumphed in the last meeting, 109-69, in the 1989-90 campaign.
Other UMBC Notes: Sherburne moved into eighth place on UMBC's all-time 3-point list with 140 treys… UMBC has won eight of its last nine home games and is 16-5 under Coach Odom at the RAC Arena
Up Next: UMBC will travel to Charleston, S.C. to compete in the Papa John's Bulldog Bash at The Citadel on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2. The Retrievers will face a strong Army West Point squad on Friday at 5:00 p.m. The Citadel will meet Marist in the opener at 3:00 p.m