College Basketball Preview: UMBC (18-11, 10-4) at Stony Brook (22-6, 10-3)

UMBC men’s basketball continues their New York road trip when they square off against the Stony Brook Seawolves on Wednesday evening.  

The Retrievers (18-11, 10-4) are coming off a loss at UAlbany on Saturday evening, 84-75, allowing their most points against for the entire season, and extending their losing streak on the road to the Great Danes to 11 games.

Junior guard K.J. Jackson led the Retrievers with 16 points and freshman guard Jose Placer checked in with 14 points.  The Retrievers trailed for the majority of the game, as the Great Danes sunk 13 from beyond the arc and built a 21-point lead at one point in the second half.

Despite the loss, the Retrievers have been on the winning side in nine of their last 11 games.

Graduate student forward Joe Sherburne leads UMBC in points per game, averaging 14.2 with Jackson chipping in 12.4.  This outing aside, UMBC has been thriving on defense all season long, allowing just 65.2 points in conference games.

Stony Brook (22-6, 10-3) sit all alone in second place in the America East conference is scoring 72 points per contest.  The defeated Maine, 81-53, on Saturday evening and have won five of their last six contests.

Redshirt junior G/F Akwasi Yeboah leads the Seawolves in scoring, coming in at 17.2 points per game.  Sophomore G/F Elijah Olaniyi checks in with a ppg average of 11.7.  Stony Brook is 9-3 on their home court this season.

The Retrievers defeated the Seawolves, 57-49, on January 30th at the UMBC Event Center.

Tip–off tomorrow is scheduled for 7:00 pm.

Tom Martin

Husband, father of three. Baltimore born and raised. UMBC '94. Follow me on Twitter -- @martymar1970

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