The UMBC men's basketball squad (9-8, 1-1) completes a week-long America East road swing, when they take on the UMass Lowell River Hawks (8-9, 0-2 AE) at the Tsongas Center on Saturday, Jan. 12. Tip-time is slated for 5:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
A Glance at the Retrievers: A spirited UMBC (9-8, 1-1 America East) second-half rally could not produce a victory, as the Retrievers fell, 66-64, in overtime at Hartford (8-8, 1-0) on Wednesday. UMBC trailed by as many as 12 points early and 34-25, at the break, but rallied to lead from the 7:14 mark until 2.5 seconds remained when Hartford's J;R. Lynch hit two free throws to knot the score at 59-all.
Junior guard K.J. Jackson's (Houston, Texas) attempt to win the game in regulation from 30 feet out hit the front of the rim.
UMBC missed the front end of two one-and-one situations on two possessions prior to Lynch's two made free throws.
The Hawks never trailed in overtime, but a pair of misses by Lynch with five seconds left gave UMBC a chance. After advancing the ball to midcourt with 2.5 seconds left and calling a time out, junior guard Ricky Council (Durham, N.C.) got open on the right wing, but his 22-footer to win the game drew the front of the rim.
Junior forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) scored a season-high 18 points, including 14 after halftime. Graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) added 17, but fouled out on UMBC's penultimate possession. The Retrievers got two shots in the paint on that possession, but missed their final five shots from the floor in the game to conclude the game.
Sherburne scored in double figures for the 11th consecutive game – a career high - and leads a balanced attack at 14.3 points per contest. Sophomore forward Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern) checks in at 11.6 points per game, while Jackson averages 10.8 points per game and leads the team in assists (69) and steals (37, 16th in the nation in total steals).
Sherburne is set to tie Terence Ward (1997-01) for most starts in a career with 112. He needs five rebounds to become the third UMBC Division I player and sixth all-time to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists.
UMBC currently leads America East in defense, allowing 64.8 points per game (39th nationally). The Retrievers are also first in turnover margin (3.9), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1) and steals (8.4). They are 9h in the nation in total steals (143) and 30th in turnovers forced (17.1) per game.
A Glance at the River Hawks: UMass Lowell (8-9, 0-2 America East) has dropped its first two league games, but completed a solid 8-7 non-conference slate. The River Hawks lead the conference in scoring by over seven points per game at 81.6. They do allow a league-high 79.4 points per contest.
Radford transfer Christian Lutete leads five players in double figures with 16.9 points per game. He is fifth in America East in scoring and second (7.9 rpg) in rebounding. Obadiah Noel averages 16.1 points per game and has made 100 trips (73/100) to the free throw line this season.
In a tight game throughout, UML dropped a 68-64 decision at New Hampshire on Wednesday. Noel scored half of his 20 points from the free throw line, but the River Hawks only hit 18 of 50 shots from the field.
Series Record/Last Meeting: The River Hawks hold a 6-5 overall lead in the series, but UMBC has won the last five meetings, including all three meetings a season ago. The Retrievers are 2-3 in Lowell, but have captured the last two, averaging 95.5 points per game in the victories.
UMBC triumphed, 89-62, at Tsongas in January, then posted two wins in an eight-day span at the UMBC Event Center. On Senior Day, the Retrievers triumphed, 83-75, then overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to capture the America East quarter-final game, 89-77. Sherburne averaged 15.3 points per game versus the River Hawks last season and buried 11-of-17 attempts from behind the arc.
Up Next: The Retrievers return home for a pair of games versus New York foes next week. UMBC hosts Binghamton on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and welcomes UAlbany on Saturday, Jan. 19.