Central Connecticut State at UMBC | Sunday. November 19, 1:00 p.m. | Watch | Live Stats | Game Notes | tickets
UMBC batted 8 of 13 shots from behind the arc in the final 20 minutes and outlived a tough Lafayette squad, 71-63, in a Friday afternoon affair at the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena. Junior Matteo Picarelli ran five retrievers in double digits and recorded career bests in points (19) and 3-point field goals (5). Picarelli was one of two UMBC reserves to amass double digits as a graduate student forward Jarvis Doles Added 11 points. The Retrievers improved to 2-2 over the season while the road-weary Leopards fell to 4-0.
Picarelli shoots 53 percent from long range as he downed 10 of his first 19 attempts. He’s second on the team in goals (11.0 pp) despite not starting a single game…Doles was also a big spark on the bench as the forward averaged at just 17.4 minutes per game 9.0 points scored…Lawrence has achieved double digits in all four competitions and leads the team with 14.5 ppg. Boonyasith passed the 600-point mark for his career against Lafayette on Friday.
ANOTHER HOUSE OPENER “W”
UMBC defeated Penn State York 92-65 Thursday night for their seventh straight season-opening home win. senior forward Yaw Obeng Mensa posted a career-high 19 points and led four retrievers (1-1) in double digits. Mensah also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to collect his first double-double as a retriever. The Retrievers scored 52 points in the second half and hit 22 of their first 33 shots off the floor during that period. Senior Guard Jakob Boonyasith scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting while in graduate school Jarvis Doles and Colton Lawrence added 13 per piece.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT
Central Connecticut State is looking for its first win after dropping its first four contests. The Blue Devils lost to Lafayette, 55-50, in a game at UMBC on Saturday. CCSU trailed as much as 19 in the second half before closing the gap to five late before the Leopard could cling to the win. Vomste Sweatman led the Blue Devils by 13 points. CCSU shot 17 of 51 (.333) from the field and 8 of 25 (.320) from three-point range. CCSU went 8-of-10 (.800) at the foul line. Kellen Amos averages a team high of 12.8 ppg. and shoots 43 percent off the ground to accelerate CCSU. Scantlebury (11.8 ppg) and Andre Snoddy (10.0 ppg) also average in double digits.
The Retrievers are 4-11 all-time against the Blue Devils. UMBC has lost five straight games in the series and is 1-9 in the last 10 against CCSU. CCSU defeated the Retrievers 63-55 in their last matchup on December 10, 2014. Wayne Sparrow passed the Retrievers by 17 points.