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UMBC opens America East Tournament Saturday against Vermont

Posted on 08 March 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC will compete in its tenth America East Conference Tournament and opens play on Sat., March 9 as the sixth-seeded Retrievers take on the third-seeded Hartford Hawks at SEFCU Arena. Tip-off time will be 30 minutes after the noon tilt between No. 2 Vermont and No. 7 UNH. The game can be seen on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app on smartphones and tablets.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (5-11, 7-22) concluded the regular season with a 59-49 victory over Binghamton, securing the No. 6 seed in the tournament. The win snapped a six-game slide for the Retrievers. A pair of seniors led the way on “Senior Day” as guards Ryan Cook (team-high 15.0 ppg) and Brian Neller (AEC leader in 3-point fg) combined for 41 of UMBC’s 59 points.

HAWK UPDATE: Hartford (10-6, 17-12) closed the season with three consecutive victories and secured the No. 3 seed by virtue of a 61-58 victory at Vermont on the final day of the regular season. SO F Nate SIkma hit the game-winning trey in the final seconds in the victory. Hartford swept Boston U. and had victories over Vermont and Stony Brook in 2013. SO F Mark Nwakamma leads the Hawks at 14.7 points per game.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC would meet the winner of the game between No. 2 Vermont v. No. 7 New  Hampshire in the first (5:00 p.m.) semifinal contest on Sunday, March 10.

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