The UMBC men's basketball team (4-4) will face the host Citadel Bulldogs (3-4) in the consolation game of the Papa John's Bulldog Bash on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 3:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Both the Retrievers and the Bulldogs held first half leads, but neither could hold on as UMBC was outscored, 40-27, in the final 20 minutes in a 81-70 setback to Army West Point, while The Citadel was outscored by 27 points in the second half and fell, 100-91, to Marist.
The Black Knights and Red Foxes, who played one another two weeks ago, will meet for the championship following the first game.
Retriever Update: UMBC saw its three-game winning streak halted, as the Retrievers uncharacteristically struggled to score in the second half and fell, 81-70, to Army (4-1) in the first round of the Bulldog Bash at the Citadel.
Junior forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) led UMBC with 17 points, but did not score after halftime. Sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) added 16 points and a game-high 9 rebounds, and junior forward Max Portmann (Wichita Falls, Texas) scored a season high 12 points.
But UMBC converted only 7-of-25 second half shots, including just 3-of-12 from behind the arc. The Retrievers finished at a season-low 39.3 percent from the floor for the game, after hitting a solid 15-of-31 shots in the first 20 minutes.
Graduate student guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha), who has not dressed in two games this week (injury), 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. Lamar (16.3 ppg, team high 7.3 rpg) has enjoyed a stellar start and Sherburne (11.0) also average in double figures. Lamar is 24-of-41 (58.5 percent) from 3-point range, and Sherburne is now 20-of-42.
A Glance at the Bulldogs: The Citadel held a 57-39 lead over Marist, but the Red Foxes hit 13-of-21 from behind the arc and the hosts responded by misfiring on 15 of 20 from long range and 23 of 33 overall in the second half in the loss. Five Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by reserve guards Quayson Williams (22 pts.) and Matt Frierson (18 pts.), who combined to knock down 12-of-26 shots from long range.
The high-scoring Bulldogs average 91.3 points per game and allow 93.3. They have knocked down 92 treys through seven games (13.1 per game), while UMBC has converted xx through eight games, 12.0 per outing.
Freshman guard Tariq Simmons leads a balanced attack with 14.1 points per game while sophomore guard Preston Parks is just behind at 13.8 and Frierson is at 12.6 per outing.
Series Record: The all-time series is tied at 1-1. UMBC lost at McAlister Fieldhouse in their sixth-ever NCAA Division I game, 64-61, in the fall of 1986. Last year, at the RAC Arena, was a different story as UMBC posted a 120-111 double-overtime victory over The Citadel on Mon., Dec.19.
The Retrievers set a school scoring record by putting up 120 points and the 231 points scored by both teams also eclipsed the RAC Arena record. UMBC also set a record for rebounds in a game, amassing 65, while The Citadel blew away UMBC's opponent record for field goal attempts in a game with 104.
Parks led The Citadel with 24 points and Williams added 17 in 21 minutes before fouling out. Lyles posted the first 30-20 game in school history with 32 points and 20 rebounds. Sherburne added 18 points and junior center Nolan Gerrity scored 17 points and added 15 rebounds.
Other UMBC Notes: Sherburne needs one more trey to become the eighth player in school history to convert 150…The Retrievers have led seven of eight games at the half this season, but are just 4-3 when ahead at the break…This year marks the first since the 2001-02 season in which UMBC has competed in multiple tournament-formatted games (Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland, Papa John's Bulldog Bash). In that year, the Retrievers won the Battle of Baltimore Tournament and split in the Cable Car Classic.
Up Next: UMBC continues with four straight road games as they travel to Dover, Del., to take on Delaware State on Wednesday, Dec. 6.