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Aki Thomas weighs in on college hoops at UMBC

Posted on 03 November 2015 by WNST Staff

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UMBC opens America East Tournament Saturday against Albany

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The fifth-seeded UMBC men’s basketball team opens competition in its 11th America East Men’s Basketball Championship when the Retrievers face No. 4 seed and host Albany on Saturday, March 8 at UA’s SEFCU Arena. The contest is the second quarterfinal game of four on the day, as top-seeded Vermont kicks off the afternoon by taking on No. 8 New Hampshire at noon. The No. 5 seed is UMBC’s highest since the 2007-08 team earned the No. 1 seed and went on to take the title. The two squads split a pair of thrilling contests this season, with Albany winning, 73-72, in double overtime at SEFCU on Jan. 8 and the Retrievers getting a last-second tip-in from Quentin Jones and triumphing, 71-69 at the RAC Arena on Feb. 12. Paul Mittermeier and Dan Levin have all the play-by-play action and video streaming is available via ESPN3.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC achieved its most victories (9) since the 2008-09 season, but its last victory came versus Albany on Feb. 12 and the Retrievers enter the tournament tying a season-high with four consecutive setbacks. Three of those losses occurred on the road, including a 67-56 loss at Hartford on March 2. FR G Rodney Elliott (14.9 ppg), selected as the AE Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, scored 21 points versus the Hawks, posting 20 or more for the seventh time in his initial campaign. The Retrievers have enjoyed great tournament success at SEFCU Arena, posting a 3-1 record in the 2009 and 2013 championships.

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Albany could have clinched the No. 3 seed in the tournament with a win at Stony Brook on March 2, but dropped a hard-fought 73-68 decision. The setback snapped a three-game win streak for the Danes, which started after their loss at UMBC. SO G Peter Hooley, who scored 21 second-half points in the Danes’ setback to the Retrievers, leads the squad with 14.8 points per game and is the league’s most-proficient free throw shooter (132/150, 88.0 percent). Three other Danes average in double figures, including JR F Sam Rowley (11.3), who leads the team with 6.8 caroms per game. UA is 9-3 on its home floor and 7-1 versus America East foes in 2013-14.

WHO’S UP NEXT: Should the Retrievers advance, they would face the winner of the No. 1 Vermont vs. No. 8 UNH contests in the first semifinal on Sunday, March 9 at 5:02 p.m.

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UMBC concludes regular season Sunday at Hartford

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC (9-19, 5-10 America East) plays its final game of the 2013-14 regular season when the Retrievers travel to West Hartford, Conn. to take on Hartford (15-15, 9-6) at the Chase Family Arena on Sunday, March 2.

A win would guarantee the Retrievers the fifth seed in next weekend’s America East Tournament, its highest seed since the championship season of 2007-08. UMBC could finish fifth, sixth or seventh with a setback. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m. Gary Stein has all the play-by-play action on Q1370 AM (www.q1370.com) and video streaming is available via the America East digital network.   

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC played its seventh league game which was decided by six points or less versus Binghamton on Feb. 22 and dropped a 72-70 decision to the Bearcats. The Retrievers, now 3-4 in those close contests, rallied from an 18-point second half deficit and took a brief late lead, but two missed free throws and a pair of offline last-second attempts sent the squad to its third straight loss. FR G Rodney Elliott (14.7 ppg) became the third UMBC DI freshman to surpass the 400-point plateau as he led UMBC with 19 points.

HAWK UPDATE: Hartford (15-15, 9-6 AE) has won five of its last six games and is tied with Albany for third place in the conference. The Hawks had a great battle with Binghamton at Chase Family Arena on Thursday and ended up prevailing, 89-83, in overtime. Five Hawks scored in double figures, led by JR F Mark Nwakamma’s double-double of 19 points and 12 caroms. Nwakamma leads UH in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg) and is shooting 52.9 percent from the floor. Classmate G Wes Cole leads America East with 75 treys and is shooting 44.4 percent from behind the arc.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC will compete in its 11th America East Tournament at SEFCU Arena on the campus of the University at Albany, beginning with a quarterfinal game on Saturday, March 8.

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UMBC welcomes Binghamton to RAC Arena for Senior Night Saturday

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: UMBC (9-18, 5-9 America East) plays its final home game of the 2013-14 season when the Retrievers host Binghamton (6-20, 3-10) at the RAC Arena on Saturday, Feb. 22. UMBC will honor its three seniors (Quentin Jones, Chase Plummer, Brett Roseboro) playing their final home games and another (Jamar Wertz), who was unable to compete this year due to injury. Tip-off time is set for 7:10 p.m. with pregame ceremonies beginning at 6:55 p.m.  Gary Stein and Tory Green have all the play-by-play action, video streaming is available via the America East digital network.   

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC is coming off a tough stretch, playing back-to-back road games at Vermont and Stony Brook and dropping decisions to the league leaders. The Retrievers are 4-3 at home this season versus America East competition and are one-half game ahead of New Hampshire in the race for the fifth seed in the upcoming America East Tournament. Roseboro is coming off his best career outing, as the senior delivered 20 points and added nine rebounds in the 72-53 setback at SBU on Wednesday.

BEARCAT UPDATE: Binghamton had a two-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday, as the Bearcats dropped a tough 57-48 decision to Albany at the BU Events Center. SO G Jordan Reed has been hot of late, as he led BU with 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds versus Albany. Reed averages 14.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the young Bearcat squad.
WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC has its bye in the league’s final week and will finish the regular season on Sunday, March 2, when they compete at Hartford.

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UMBC faces test at first place Vermont Saturday

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Men’s Basketball Face First-Place Vermont in Burlington on Saturday Afternoon

SET THE SCENE: Coming off an emotional victory over Albany on Feb. 12, UMBC (9-16, 5-7 AE) enters the teeth of the home stretch of the regular season, as they face the top two teams in the conference on the road. For starters, the Retrievers face first-place Vermont (16-9, 10-1) at Patrick Gym on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m.  Gary Stein has all the play-by-play action and video streaming is available via Catamount TV at http://nsnsports.net/colleges/university-of-vermont/.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC snapped a nine-game losing streak to Albany with a last-second 71-69 over the Great Danes. SR G Quentin Jones’ improbable tip-in with 2.4 seconds remaining broke the seventh tie of the game and gave the Retrievers their most victories since the 2008-09 campaign. Jones and FR G Rodney Elliottshared team honors with 16 points apiece. Elliott has vaulted up to second place in the conference in scoring at 15.0 points per game.
CATAMOUNT UPDATE: Vermont has won five straight and 12 of its last 13 contests. They routed UMass Lowell, 83-58, on Wednesday evening behind 18 points from SO F Ethan O’Day (8/10 fg). SR G Sandro Carissimo leads a very balanced Catamount attack at 12.7 points per game and shoots over 45 percent from behind the arc. SR F Brian Voelkel leads America East in rebounds (8.2) and assists (5.9) per contest.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC plays three of its last four games on the road. They will venture up to Stony Brook for a Feb. 19 date with the Seawolves.

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UMBC opens tough stretch of hoops Wednesday against Albany

Posted on 11 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s basketball team (8-16, 4-7 AE) begins a stretch where they play the top three teams in the conference over the next eight days. The Retrievers complete this three-game homestand when they welcome defending league champion Albany on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN3, with Eric Frede and Frank Sullivan on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC is coming off a disappointing 71-61 home setback to UMass Lowell on Feb. 8. The Retrievers forced 25 UML turnovers, but the River Hawks hit 9-of-14 treys to key the road victory. FR G Rodney Elliott tied his season high with 26 points, but the Retrievers staggered with just 32.8 percent shooting from the floor. Elliott earned a school-record fifth America East Rookie of the Week honor, averaging 23.5 points per game and converting 15-of-17 free throw attempts in the two-game split. UMBC has only one home game remaining (three road) after the game vs. Albany.

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Albany will be looking to get back on track after a loss to conference opponent Hartford, 67-54, in Connecticut on Feb. 8. JR F Sam Rowley led the way with his fifth double-double of the season, posting 14 points and 11 rebounds. After shooting 34% from the field in that game, the Great Danes will look to SO G Peter Hooley who is averaging 14.9 points per game in conference play. They travel to UMBC for a second consecutive road game, where they are 5-9 on the season.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC takes to the road this weekend, facing league leader Vermont in Burlington on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2:00 p.m.

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UMBC continues America East play Saturday against UMass Lowell

Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s basketball team (8-15, 4-6 AE) will try to avenge another early-season road setback and extend their home winning streak to three when they welcome America East newcomer UMass Lowell (7-15, 5-5) to the RAC Arena on Saturday, Feb. 8. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m.  Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier have all the play-by-play action, live streaming is available on the America East digital network (www.umbcretrievers.tv). Streaming is available via most mobile devices.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC matched its win total from a year ago and erased the memory of an ugly loss in Durham last month with a 68-57 victory over UNH on Wednesday evening at the RAC Arena.  For the sixth time in 2013-14, the Retrievers come back from a halftime deficit to rally for a win, as they outscored UNH, 44-28, in the final 20 minutes. FR G Rodney Elliott again led the way, scoring 21 points, while SR G Quentin Jones stayed hot from the floor, adding 16 points. Elliott is up to fifth in America East with a team-best 14.5 points per outing.

RIVER HAWK UPDATE:  A red-hot shooting Albany team snapped UML’s two-game winning streak with a 73-56 triumph at SEFCU Arena on Wednesday. Albany hit 17-of-23 first half shots and led by 24 points at the half. Red-shirt senior forward Antonio Bivins led UML with 17 points and reached the 1,000-point plateau in his career. Bivins, who debuted this season with 14 points versus UMBC on Jan. 5, leads the River Hawks with 14.8 points per game and 5.7 caroms per outing. Senior guard Akeem Williams adds 14.3 points per contest.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC completes the homestand by facing Albany on “RAC in Black” Night on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The game will be broadcast by ESPN3.

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UMBC opens homestand Wednesday against New Hampshire

Posted on 04 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Men’s Basketball Opens Three-Game Homestand Versus UNH on Wednesday

UNH at UMBC, 2-5-14

The UMBC Retrievers (7-15, 3-6 America East) open their second three-game America East home-stand when they welcome New Hampshire (5-16, 3-5) to the RAC Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier have the call, streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC’s furious rally from a 24-point deficit came up just short on Saturday, as the Retrievers dropped an 83-80 decision at Maine. The setback snapped a modest two-game winning streak for the Retrievers. Three of UMBC’s six AE losses have occured by a total nine points. FR G Rodney Elliott (14.3 ppg) earned his fourth America East Rookie of the Week honor, after averaging 17.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg last week. SR F Chase Plummer, who scored 23 points versus Maine, is now ninth on UMBC’s all-time lists in both scoring (1,266 pts.) and rebounding (643).

WILDCAT UPDATE: New Hampshire suffered a 68-60 home loss to conference opponent Maine on Wednesday, Jan. 29th, ending their two-game winning streak. They are led by red-shirt SR C Chris Pelcher, who was named America East Co-Player of the Week January 27th. Pelcher, who missed 11 games earlier this season due to injury, has averaged a double-double in New Hampshire’s previous three contests with 12.3 points and 10.0 caroms per game. Freshman forward Frank Okeke is coming off a clinical shooting performance, nailing 4-of-5 treys in New Hampshire’s last game.

Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers continue the homestand when they welcome UMass Lowell to the RAC Arena on Saturday afternoon (2:00 p.m.).

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UMBC pays visit to Maine Saturday afternoon

Posted on 01 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC Retrievers (7-14, 3-5) will try to extend their winning streak to three when they travel to meet the Maine Black Bears (4-16, 2-6) at Cross Insurance Center on Saturday, Feb. 1 for a 2:00 tip-off. Both teams are coming off road victories on Wednesday. UMBC won a tight battle, 79-76,  in the first meeting on Jan. 11. Live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  UMBC snapped a 14-game road losing streak with a 73-61 victory at Binghamton on Wednesday. The Retrievers shot 50 percent (22-of-44) from the floor and got huge performances from guards Rodney Elliott (14 pts.-11 reb.-8 ast.) and Quentin Jones (career high 16 points) and post Brett Roseboro (14 pts./12 rebounds). Elliott leads the squad with 13.9 points per outing.

BLACK BEAR UPDATE: Maine snapped a six-game losing streak with a 68-60 victory at rival UNH on Wednesday.  The Black Bears outscored their hosts, 33-25, in the second half to prevail. SR G Xavier Pollard led UM with 20 points in the game and he added five steals. Pollard leads Maine and is second in America East with 15.5 points per game. Maine is second in America East in scoring (73.2 ppg), but last in  scoring defense (83.8 ppg).

Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers start their second three-game America East homestand of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 5 when they welcome UNH to the RAC Arena.

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UMBC hosts Hartford for Hall of Fame Day Saturday

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: The UMBC Retrievers (5-14, 1-5) try to salvage the final game of a three-game homestand when they face the Hartford Hawks (10-11, 4-2) on Hall of Fame Day at the RAC Arena. The Saturday, Jan. 25 nightcap of a hoops doubleheader gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Gary Stein and Troy Green have the call, live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv. Streaming is also now available on most mobile devices.

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  UMBC played the two undefeated teams in America East, Vermont and Stony Brook, in a span of three days, and dropped both decisions. The Retrievers are mired in a shooting slump – the squad has not surpassed 40 percent shooting from the floor in the last five games. FR G Rodney Elliott (13.8 ppg) has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games, while SR F Chase Plummer coming off a 21-point effort versus Stony Brook.

HAWK UPDATE: Taylor Dyson’s short baseline jumper as he fell to the floor with 2.3 seconds left boosted Hartford to a 56-54 victory over Binghamton on Thursday night. Wes Cole led the Hawks (10-11, 4-2 America East) with 24 points, and the junior guard has buried 18 treys in his last two outings. JR F Mark Nwakamma leads UH in scoring (15.2) and rebounding (6.0). Hartford has won three straight, two of which have been on the road and the Hawks are 5-6 in road games in 2013-14.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC hits the road next week for contests at Binghamton (Jan. 29) and at Maine (Feb .1).

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