Men's Basketball Takes on Host UNH in Saturday Matinee

photo by: Gail Burton
photo by: Gail Burton

UMBC at UNH Game Notes 

The UMBC men's basketball squad (12-9, 4-2 America East) wraps up its two-game New England journey when they take on the New Hampshire Wildcats (3-15, 1-4 AE) at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tip-off time is slated for 1:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

 

A Glance at the Retrievers: Graduate student forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) scored 20 points as visiting UMBC handed Vermont its first America East setback of the season, stifling the Catamounts, 74-61, at Patrick Gym on Wednesday. The Retrievers, who entered the game sporting the nation's 30th best defense, allowing 64.4 points per game, held Vermont more than 15 points below their season scoring average.

 

The UMBC defense was never more evident than in the opening sequence of the second half. With the score knotted at 32-all, they held the hosts without a field goal for the first 11:18 of the period. The Retrievers started the half on a 14-0 run and extended it to 19-2 to take control.

 

The win was UMBC's third straight overall and second in a row over the Catamounts at Patrick Gym.

 

Sherburne leads the Retrievers in scoring at 14.4 points per game and junior guard K.J. Jackson (Houston, Texas) checks in at 11.0 ppg.

 

UMBC currently leads America East in defense, allowing 64.2 points per game (25th nationally). The Retrievers are also first in turnover margin (3.7, 23rd nationally) and steals (8.24, 31sth nationally). They are 14th in the nation in total steals (173).

 

 A Glance at the Wildcats: UNH scored an impressive home win over red-hot UMass Lowell, 68-64, on Jan. 9, but have dropped three straight since. The Wildcats hit only 15-of-66 field goal attempts (22.7 percent) and scored a season-low 39 points in Wednesday's 74-39 loss at Hartford. Senior guard Jordan Reed (22) tallied over half of UNH's points and added 9 rebounds.

 

Reed and sophomore backcourt mate Josh Hopkins share the scoring lead for the Wildcats at 10.3 points per game. Both are solid shooters behind the arc, knocking down 39.1 and 40.3 percent respectively. UNH is steady with the ball, averaging only 11.8 miscues per game.

 

All three of UNH's wins have occurred at Lundholm Gymnasium.   

 

Series Record/Last Meetings: UMBC won both meetings last year by single-digit margins, triumphing, 71-67, in Baltimore to open America East play, and pulling away late for a 68-59 win in Durham. The Wildcats led at halftime in both contests.

 

The two Retrievers wins reversed a trend in which UNH had won 8 of 10 meetings. It was just UMBC's second series sweep – the other coming in the 2007-08 campaign, the Retrievers' first title campaign. UNH has won 11 of 16 meetings in Durham.

 

Up Next: UMBC returns home to take on first-place Stony Brook on January 30 at 7:00 p.m. The contest concludes the first half of league play for the Retrievers.