Men's Basketball Heads To UNH For Sunday Matinee

photo by: Gail Burton
photo by: Gail Burton

UMBC at UNH Game Notes 

The UMBC Retrievers (17-9, 8-3 America East) completed a tough week on the road as they face the New Hampshire Wildcats (10-15, 6-5 AE) at Lundholm Gymnasium on Sunday, Feb. 11. UMBC just played at Binghamton on Thursday evening, Tip-off time is slated for 1:00 p.m. and the broadcast of the game is available via ESPN3. 


Retriever Update: Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) scored a season-high 24 points to lead four Retrievers in double figures as UMBC defeated Binghamton, 78-68, at the BU Events Center on Wednesday evening. The Retrievers improved to 17-9 overall and 8-3 in America East and regained sole possession of second place in the conference over idle Hartford.


K.J. Maura (San Juan, P.R.) added 16 points and six assists, while sophomore forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) and graduate student Jarius Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./De Matha) scored 13 and 11 points respectively.


Sherburne connected on 10-of-13 shots from the floor and 4-of-6 from behind the arc.


UMBC committed a season-low five turnovers and outscored Binghamton, 12-2, in points off turnovers.


Lyles moved into fifth place on the Retrievers' all-time scoring list with 1,569 points. He paces the Retrievers and America East in scoring (21.0 points per game) and is also in the top ten in seven other America East statistical categories. He is  24th nationally in points per game.


Maura (10.2 ppg) leads the conference with 5.2 helpers per game and is ranked 23rd nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.93). Lamar (12.2 ppg) and Sherburne (10.8 ppg) also average in double figures.


UMBC has posted back-to-back double-digit win seasons for the first time since the 2007-08 and 2008-09 campaigns. The 38 wins over the last two seasons is one shy of the program's best two-year DI total of 39, reached in 2007-09.


A Glance at the Wildcats: UNH (10-15, 6-5 America East) staged a huge second half rally and defeated Maine, 71-56, at Lundholm on Wednesday. The Wildcats trailed, 34-24, at the half, but outscored the Black Bears, 47-22, in the final 20 minutes to win going away. Senior posts Tanner Leissner (21 pts.) and Iba Camara (15 pts., 16 rebounds) led the second half onslaught.


The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Wildcats.


Leissner is the lone Wildcat in double figures, averaging a robust 19.0 points per game, good for third in the conference.  Camara is America East's leading rebounder at 11.0 caroms per outing.


UNH is eighth in scoring (69.2 ppg) in the conference, but second in defense (65.8 ppg) and first in field goal defense (42.3 percent).


The Series: UNH leads the all-time series, 19-12. The Wildcats have won 10 of 15 meetings at Lundholm, including the last six in a row. The Retrievers' last win in Durham was in the winter of 2012, when they prevailed, 82-76.


Up Next:  UMBC will enjoy its final bye of the season and not play again until Sunday, Feb. 18, when they host Albany at the UMBC Event Center (1 p.m.)