The UMBC men's basketball team (15-8, 6-2 America East) faces its Stony Brook (8-13, 3-5 AE) for the first time this season in game No. 9 in the America East conference slate on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Tip-off time set for 7:00 p.m. at IFCU Arena and the broadcast will air on ESPN3.
Retriever Update: UMBC and one of its top players in school history ended 45 seasons of men's basketball in grand style at the Retriever Activities Center Arena, as the Retrievers outlasted Maine, 86-74, on Saturday afternoon. Lyles put on an amazing early second half display en route to a 34-point performance in the program's final game at the 45-year old facility.
The Retrievers won have four of their last five and improved to 11-0 at home on the season. The 6-2 start in America East matches UMBC's best in 15 league seasons… The 2007-08 squad started at 6-2 en route to a 13-3 league campaign and an eventual league title
Lyles, paces the Retrievers and America East in scoring (21.1 points per game) and is also in the top ten in six other America East statistical categories. He just became the sixth Retriever to reach the 1,500-point plateau.
Senior guard K.J. Maura (San Juan, P.R.) (10.0 ppg) leads the conference with 5.3 helpers per game and is ranked 26th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio, while junior forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) averages 10.9 points per contest.
UMBC leads the league, averaging 76.0 points per game and the Retrievers are converting 11.3 treys per game, fifth in the nation through games of Jan. 29. They are fourth nationally with 261 total 3-pt. field goals made.
UMBC is also 28th in total assists (368) and 38th in total steals (173). Lyles (2.2 spg, 29th) and Maura (2.05 spg, 38th) are the only two teammates ranked in the top 40 in the country in steals.
A Glance at the Seawolves: Stony Brook has dropped three straight games, including last Saturday's 57-50 setback to in-state and AE rival Albany. SBU led by 12 points late in the first half, but managed only 18 second-half point and were outscored, 14-2, in second-chance points. Senior forward Tyrell Sturdivant led the Seawolves with 12 points.
Red-shirt sophomore wing Akwasi Yeboah, who attended the same high school as UMBC's Daniel Akin (Barking Abbey), leads a balanced scoring attack at 14.5 points per game. He also is the team leader with 5.0 rebounds per contest. Seven Seawolves average between 6.7 and 14.5 points per game. SBU scores 70.9 points per outing (7th in America East) and allow 72.4 ppg. Seawolf foes have converted 81 more free throws than SBU.
The Seawolves lead America East with 8.0 steals per game, followed by UMBC at 7.5.
The Series: UMBC snapped an 18-game losing streak to Stony Brook by virtue of a 65-52 victory at the RAC Arena last February. The Seawolves lead the overall series, 23-9, and have won 13 in a row on Long Island. The Retrievers last win on the road occurred on Jan. 3, 2008, when they opened AE play with a 76-62 victory.
Up Next: The Retrievers will christen the new 5,000-seat UMBC Event Center on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 4:00 p.m., when the Vermont Catamounts provide the opposition.