College Basketball Preview: UMBC (15-10, 7-3) at Binghamton (7-18, 3-7)
UMBC men’s basketball will take on the Binghamton Bearcats (7-18, 3-7) tomorrow evening at the Events Center in Binghamton, NY.
The Retrievers (15-10, 7-3) are coming off a 67-66 victory at Maine on Sunday afternoon. Junior guard K.J. Jackson led the team with 22 points and graduate student forward Joe Sherburne contributed 21 points.
UMBC trailed for the majority of the game due to poor shooting from long range and 13 turnovers. But three consecutive 3-pointer’s late in the second half gave them just enough cushion to hold off the home team.
Sherburne leads UMBC in points per game, averaging 14.5 with Jackson chipping in 11.9. Defense continues to be the calling card of the Retrievers, as they allow just 63.9 points per game against conference opponents. Overall, they are 19th in the country allowing just 68.1 ppg.
Binghamton has had a tough season so far in conference, though they won on Saturday on the road against New Hampshire. Prior to that victory, they were losers in seven of their last eight conference match-ups.
Freshman guard Sam Sessoms leads the Bearcats in scoring, coming in at 18 points per game. Senior forward Caleb Stewart checks in with a ppg average of 11.1. No other Bearcat averages in double-digits.
The Retrievers defeated the Bearcats, 68-49, on January 16th at the UMBC Event Center. In that game, Sherburne finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Tip –off tomorrow is scheduled for 7:00 pm.