Men's Basketball Takes On High Point on Day Two of Bimini Jam

Men's Basketball Takes On High Point on Day Two of Bimini Jam

 North Bimini, The Bahamas – Riding a three-game winning streak, the UMBC men's basketball team (3-1) has to recover quickly from a 50-minute affair to take on the High Point Panthers (1-2) in Day Two of the Bimini Jam.

 

The Retrievers and Panthers meet at Gateway Christian Academy at 8:30 p.m. Danny Lee and Paul Giacolettti will be on the call for FloSports.  

 

Retriever Review: UMBC graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) led all scorers with 24 points and junior forward Max Curran (Hooksett, N.H.) led the way in overtime as the Retrievers outlasted Air Force, 77-72, in double overtime in the inaugural game of the Bimini Jam.

 

Curran scored 9 of UMBC's 15 overtime points and finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Sherburne hit 9-of-14 shots from the floor and 4-of-7 from long range. He surpassed two players to move into 15th place on UMBC's all-time scoring list, now with 1,152 points.

 

Through four games, Sherburne leads five Retrievers averaging double figures with 15.3 points per game apiece. Sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) and junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) average 12.0 ppg, while Curran (10.5) and junior forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) check in at 10.5 and 10.3 points per game respectively. Curran also leads a balanced rebounding effort with 7.5 caroms per outing.

 

A Glance at the Panthers: High Point led for only 65 seconds, but were ahead on the board when the clock hit 0:00, as the Panthers defeated South Dakota, 60-56, in the nightcap of the Bimini Jam. The victory was the first for legendary head coach Tubby Smith at the HPU helm.

 

High Point shots 52.2 percent in the second half and rallied from a 10-point mid-second half deficit to earn the win. Junior guard Jahaad Proctor led the way with 18 points.

 

Proctor leads the Panthers at 16.7 points per outing, while classmate and backcourt mate Brandon Kamga checks in at 12.3 points per game. HPU only attempts 13 treys per game (14-of-39), but shoots 49.6 percent from inside the arc.

 

HPU's previous setbacks occurred at William & Mary (79-69) and at home versus Wofford (68-60).  

 

UMBC has not faced a current member of the Big South Conference in Coach Odom's tenure. The last contest versus a Big South school occurred on Dec. 5, 2015, when the Retrievers triumphed at Longwood, 70-59.

 

Dawg Bytes:

UMBC's streak of not allowing an opponent to top the 70-point mark ended at seven consecutive games, but it took the Falcons 50 minutes to record 72 points. The game was knotted at 62-all after 40 minutes of play.

 

Sherburne is 21-of-35 (60.0 percent) from the field over the last three games, averaging 17.7 points per game in that span. Over the last two seasons, UMBC is an incredible 24-1 when he scores in double figures and just 4-11 when he does not.

 

Sherburne's 20-point performance (24) vs. Air Force was the fifth of his career and the Retrievers' high-water mark in scoring through four games this season.

 

Curran and Lamar become the first UMBC duo to reach double figures in rebounds in the same game since former standout Jairus Lyles (20) and current senior Nolan Gerrity (15) achieved the feat in a double-overtime win over The Citadel on Dec. 19, 2016. They became the first tandem to post double-doubles in the same game since Lyles and K.J. Maura (points/assists) reached the mark vs. Maine on Jan. 8, 2017.  

 

The double-double was the fifth in Lamar's career and the third for Curran. The 11 caroms also tied a career high for Curran.

 

Sherburne, Horvath and Jackson have all reached double figures in three straight games – all Retriever victories.

 

Head Coach Ryan Odom's (49-25) next win will be No. 50 in his brief two-plus year tenure. Randy Monroe,  who reached the 50-win mark in his fourth season (115th game) is the current "fastest to 50" in school history.

 

UMBC did not play an overtime game last season. In fact, the last time the Retrievers went to overtime was also a double OT affair, a 94-90 loss at New Hampshire in the regular season finale (Feb. 25, 2017) of the 2017-17 season, Odom's first with the Retrievers. UMBC improved to 3-1 in extra-time affairs under Odom.   

 

The Retrievers have held its first four foes to just 24.8 percent shooting from behind the arc and an assist to turnover ratio of 0.5 (39a-75to).

 

UMBC is a very solid 7-8 when trailing at halftime over the past two seasons and 9-8 when trailing or tied at the 20-minute mark.

 

UMBC has not scored first in any of their four games to date.

 

The five-point victory over Air Force was the Retrievers' first game decided by 10 or fewer points this season. UMBC has won 13 of the last 16 games when the margin of victory is in single digits.  

 

Up Next: UMBC will conclude competition in the Bimini Jam on Monday at 6:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. when they take on South Dakota.