College Basketball Preview: UMBC (18-12, 10-5) vs. New Hampshire (4-23, 2-12) on senior day

UMBC men’s basketball will wrap up their regular season on Saturday afternoon at the UMBC Event Center when they square off against the New Hampshire Wildcats.

As is tradition, with the game being that last regular season home game, the Retrievers will be celebrating senior day.  

The Retrievers (18-12, 10-5) are coming off a loss at Stony Brook on Wednesday evening, 78-63, in part due to very poor shooting from long distance.  The Retrievers hit just one of the 20 shots from 3-point land.  This was the second consecutive loss for the team, both at the hands of New York teams after losing at UAlbany last Saturday.

Junior guard K.J. Jackson led the Retrievers with 18 points and graduate student Joe Sherburne checked in with 16 points.  The Retrievers never led in the game, as the Seawolves shot 50% from the field.

The loss eliminates the Retrievers from the America East regular season title; however, they will host a quarterfinal game in the conference tournament next weekend.

Sherburne leads UMBC in points per game, averaging 14.3 with Jackson chipping in 12.6.  Though defense has been a strong suit for the team all season, the last two games it’s failed to show up as they have allowed a total of 162 points.

New Hampshire (4-23, 2-12) has struggled all season, especially on offense as they are averaging just 60 points per game.  That being said, they picked up a win on Wednesday evening at UAlbany, 62-58.  That victory snapped an 11-game losing streak for the Wildcats.

Senior guard Jordan Reed leads the Wildcats in scoring, coming in at 10.3 points per game.  Sophomore guard Josh Hopkins checks in with a ppg average of 9.6.  New Hampshire is 1-6 on the road this season in conference games.

The Retrievers defeated the Wildcats, 59-51, at Lundholm Gymnasium on January 26th.

Tip–off tomorrow is scheduled for 1:00 pm.

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Tom Martin

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