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UMBC welcomes Stony Brook for MLK Day matinee Monday

Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – On Monday, Stony Brook will try to accomplish something it’s never done – win its first five America East games. The Seawolves are 4-0 for the third straight season and now they’ll go for five Monday afternoon against UMBC at RAC Arena. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 with Eric Frede and Frank Sullivan.

The Seawolves have won 10 straight games in conference.

Stony Brook Seawolves (12-6, 4-0 America East)
Head Coach: Steve Pikiell, ninth season
Overall Record: 137-150
Record at SBU: 132-132

UMBC Retrievers (5-13, 1-4 America East)
Head Coach: Aki Thomas, second season
Overall Record
Record at UMBC:

About the Game

  • Stony Brook returns to the court less than 48 hours after its last game as its plays at UMBC.
  • This is the 24th all-time meeting, and the Seawolves lead the all-time series 15-8. They are 6-4 at the RAC and have won their last four appearances here. Stony Brook has won 10 straight meetings.
  • This is a matchup of the top two offensive rebounding teams in the conference (UMBC – 12.7/game, SB – 11.8/game).
  • Stony Brook is in a tie with Vermont for first place (4-0) through the first quarter of the conference schedule.
  • Redshirt freshman Ahmad Walker is coming off his best performance of the year, scoring 18 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing three assists vs. UMass Lowell.

Scouting UMBC

  • Picked to finish sixth in America East, the Retrievers are currently tied for eighth with Maine at 1-4 and were a basket away from a second victory.
  • UMBC’s offense has been strong all season, but has dipped in the last two games, scoring just 42 at New Hampshire and 47 at home vs. Vermont. Prior to those two games, UMBC was averaging 69.8 points a game.
  • UMBC has played five overtime games this season, including four straight games back in November. The team is 2-3 when going to OT this season.
  • Freshman Rodney Elliott has carried UMBC by averaging 13.8 points and 3.3 assists while shooting 45.7% from the field.
  • Former All-America East forward Chase Plummer is averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds off the bench.

If Stony Brook Wins…

  • Stony Brook will improve to 5-0 in America East for the first time ever.
  • The Seawolves will extend their conference winning streak to 11 straight games, dating back to Feb. 2013.
  • Stony Brook will extend their winning streak over UMBC to 11 games.


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UMBC tries again for first road win Wednesday at New Hampshire

Posted on 14 January 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC has won five of its six home games in 2013-14, but has yet to win on the road and will make another push when the Retrievers (5-11, 1-2 America East) travel to Durham, N.H. to take on the New Hampshire Wildcats (2-13, 0-2) on Wed., Jan. 15 (7:00 p.m. tip). 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’s first three America East contests have all been decided by five points or less and have all come down to the game’s final possession. The Retrievers continued home mastery, as they recorded nine dunks and turned the ball over just four times in a 79-76 victory over Maine on Saturday at the RAC Arena. SR F Chase Plummer and FR G Bryan Harris led UMBC with 16 points each. FR G Rodney Elliott leads UMBC with 14.3 points per contest.

WILDCAT UPDATE: A young UNH squad has suffered 13 consecutive setbacks after opening the season with two wins, including a victory (84-81) at Duquesne. Leading scorer, and rebounder, postman Chris Pelcher (11.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg) returned after missing eight game due to injury and played 11 minutes in a 67-38 loss at Binghamton on Jan. 9. SR F Patrick Konan averages 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Wildcats.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC returns home and will play league heavyweights Vermont (Jan. 18) and Stony Brook (jan. 20) at the RAC Arena in a three-day span. UMBC’s first six league games occur in a span of 16 days.

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UMBC tries to get back on track Wednesday at Albany

Posted on 07 January 2014 by WNST Staff

After a tough journey and setback at UMass Lowell on Sunday, UMBC (4-10, 0-1 America East) heads right back on the road to face defending league champion Albany (7-7, 1-0) at SEFCU Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 9 (7:00 p.m. tip-off). 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: Due to travel concerns, UMBC bused the 7.5 hours to and from UML this weekend. Despite getting out to a 15-0 start, the Retrievers struggled from the floor over the last 30 minutes and fell to the Riverhawks, 59-54. FR G Rodney Elliott, who just earned his third league Rookie of the Week honor, led UMBC with points, but his 3-point attempt to tie the game in the final seconds was off the mark.

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Albany got off to a tremendous start in league play with a convincing 81-56 victory over Hartford on Jan. 4. UA his a program-record 16 treys in the contest. Guards Peter Hooley (25 pts.) and D.J. Evans (20 pts.) combined to hit 12-of-17 shots from behind the arc. Hooley, a sophomore, leads UA with 14.9 points per game, while junior forward Sam Rowley averages 12.6 points and a team-high 6.7 caroms per outing.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC returns home to face an explosive Maine squad at the RAC Arena on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.  UMBC’s first six league games occur in a span of 16 days.

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UMBC opens America East play Sunday at UMass Lowell

Posted on 04 January 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC (4-9) opens its 11th season of America East play on the road as the Retrievers take on league newcomer UMass Lowell at the Costello Athletic Center on Sunday, Jan. 5. Tip-off time is set for 1:00 p.m. The Riverhawks (1-11, 0-1) made their league debut on Dec. 18 when they fell to visiting Vermont, 62-48. There is no local radio for this game, but live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv.


RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC snapped a four-game slide andimproved to 4-1 at home on the campaign with a 63-48 victory over Navy on Dec. 30. The Retrievers hit 6-of-11 shots behind the arc in the second half and outscored the Mids, 43-27, over the final 20 minutes to secure the victory. Freshman guards Rodney Elliott (21 pts.) and Bryan Harris (14 pts.) scored 27 of the team’s second half points. The 48 points allowed was a fewest by a UMBC team since giving up 40 points at Boston University in February of 2008.


RIVERHAWK UPDATE: UMass Lowell has been away from competition since a 95-77 loss at home to Duquesne on Dec.21. The Dukes shot 62.3 percent from the field and buried 13 treys in that contest. Five UML players hit double figures, led by SO G D.J. Mlachnik, who score 14 points. SR G Akeem Williams, a Northeast-10 First Team selection last season, leads the squad with 13.9 points per game, followed by JR G Chad Holley (12.4 ppg) and Mlachnik (10.2 ppg).


WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC heads right back out on the road on Tuesday, headed to Albany for a Wednesday evening match-up with the Great Danes.

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UMBC tries again for first road win Wednesday at Coppin State

Posted on 10 December 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC (3-7) will be its seventh attempt to garner its first road win of the season when the Retrievers travel to Coppin State (3-4) on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Tip-off time is set for 7:30 p.m. 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC played three games in six days last week and all three were decided by six points or less. The Retrievers edged UMES, 64-59, at home on Dec. 2, but fell at Duquesne (94-88) two days later and at Lehigh (70-68) on Dec. 7. SR F Chase Plummer has scored 48 points in his last two outings, while FR G Rodney Elliott has scored in double figures in the last three games. Both players are averaging 13.9 points per outing.

EAGLE UPDATE: Coppin State opened MEAC play with a convincing 73-54 victory at Delaware State on Dec. 7. Senior forwarrd Michael Murray was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the week Monday morning. He scored a career-high 28 points, hitting 11-of-15 shots from the floor. Murray was selected to the MEAC preseason All-Conference First Team after leading the MEAC in rebounds per game last season (8.9) while averaging 12.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Sterling Smith leads the squad at 14.6 points per game and has converted 17-of-36 shots (47.2%) from behind the arc.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC begins the exam period tomorrow and will not be in action again until Sat., Dec. 21, when they make the short trip to Washington, D.C., to face a red-hot George Washington (8-1) squad. 

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UMBC continues road trip Saturday at Lehigh

Posted on 06 December 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC continues its four-game road swing at Lehigh on Saturday, Dec. 6. It will be the first meeting between the Retrievers and Mountain Hawks since the 1997-98 campaign. The Retrievers will not return home until Dec. 30 when they complete a home-and-home series with Navy. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m.

RETRIEVERUPDATE:  Today’s game will cap a busy week for UMBC, as the Retrievers defeated visiting UMES, 64-59, on Monday, then traveled to Pittsburgh on Tuesday and fell at Duquesne, 94-88, on Wednesday evening. After one day in Baltimore, UMBC completes the week by heading back to Pennsylvania to face Lehigh. The offense has been a bright spot for UMBC (3-6) this week, as they have hit 46-of-82 shots (56.1%) from the floor over the last three halves of basketball. SR F Chase Plummer exploded for 27 points at Duquesne, while FR G Rodney Elliott scored in double figures in both games and leads UMBC at 13.6 points per game.

HAWK UPDATE: Lehigh took an early lead and made the plays in the end to pull out a 57-50 win at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday evening. It marked Lehigh’s first road win of the season as the Mountain Hawks won their second straight game and third in their last four. FR F Tim Kempton led the way with 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for his first-career double-double. SR G Mackey McKnight leads LU with 15.3 points per game.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC plays one more game before final exams as they make the short trip to take on Coppin State on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

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UMBC hits road to face Duquesne Wednesday night

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC opens a four-game road swing at Duquesne on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The Retrievers will not return home until Dec. 30 when they complete a home-and-home series with Navy. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.


RETRIEVER UPDATE:  UMBC snapped a three-game slide with a 64-59 victory over UMES on Monday at the RAC Arena. Four Retrievers scored in double figures and the squad hit 16-of-23 shots from the floor in the second half to rally from a four-point halftime deficit. All three of UMBC’s wins have occured when the team trailed at intermission. Freshman post David Kadiri led UMBC witih 21 points in just 24 minutes vs. the Hawks. Classmate Rodney Elliott, a combo-guard, added 10 and leads the Retrievers at 13.0 points per game.


DUKE UPDATE:  The Dukes come into the game with a 2-3 overall record, and a 2-1 record at home. They also have a 1-1 record against America East opponents,with a setbck versus UNH (84-81) and a victory over Albany (70-59). Senior forward Ovie Soko leads the Dukes in points per game with 18.0 and rebounds per game with 10.2 on the season. Soko contributed 23 points and 13 rebounds in the win versusAlbany. Junior guard Tra’Vaughn White comes into the game averaging 14.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Derrick Colter comes in leading the Dukes in assists with 14 and 3-point field goals made with 10. He contributed 23 points in the team’s opener against Abilene Christian.


Who’s Up Next:  UMBC finishes its busy week, travelling to back to Pennsylvania for a Dec. 7 contest at Lehigh.

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UMBC coach Thomas inks two year extension

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Aki Thomas has signed a two-year contract extension through the 2015-16 academic year, Director of Athletics Tim Hall announced today.

Thomas enters his second year as head coach of the program, earning the title on the eve of the 2013 America East Tournament. He served as acting head coach since Oct. 10, 2012 after five previous seasons as a Retrievers’ assistant coach.

“I really like what I see from Aki in all areas of our men’s basketball program,” Hall said.

“It is clear he is intelligent, hard-working, focused, a good communicator and an individual with high integrity. The young men within the program are really responding to his guidance and that of his staff.”

Despite the loss of three post players due to injury a year ago, the first-year mentor and his staff led UMBC to more victories (8) than since the 2008-09 campaign. The cohesive Retrievers knocked off third-seeded Hartford in the quarterfinals of the league championships, and led Vermont for much of the first 32 minutes of play before bowing in the semis.

Even with the loss of the primary interior presence of their defense, the Retrievers allowed five fewer points per game (71.5) in 2012-13 than they did in the previous season.

The 34-year old Thomas was the 11th-youngest NCAA Division I head coach in the nation in 2012-13.

“I would like to thank Tim Hall for his commitment not only to myself and our staff, but to our entire basketball family as we continue to grow and rebuild the program,” said Thomas. “I am privileged to be coaching a special group of young men whose goal is to give the UMBC community something for which it can be proud.”

Thomas and his staff have bolstered hopes for the future by bringing in a strong, locally-based recruiting class for the 2013-14 campaign.

“This extension will give Aki and me a better opportunity to forge a stronger working relationship,” Hall said. “Additionally, it will allow us to build the necessary infrastructure that is so important to have in order to successfully compete within the mid-major level.”

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UMBC, Towson meet for 55th time Tuesday night

Posted on 26 November 2013 by WNST Staff

In its 47-year varsity basketball history, the Towson Tigers are UMBC’s most frequently-contested opponent and the two squads will meet for the 55th time on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at SECU Arena. The game is the fifth in a row for UMBC versus Baltimore-Washington area rivals. Tip-off time is set for 7:30 p.m. 

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  After playing an NCAA-record tying four consecutive overtime games, UMBC (2-4) shot a season-low 31 percent from the field in a 73-58 loss at Navy on Saturday. Senior wing Chase Plummer scored in double figures for the third consecutive game and led the visitors with 11 points. He also snared a team-high seven rebounds and moved into tenth place on UMBC’s all-time caroms list (562). Freshman guard Rodney Elliott continues to lead the Retrievers in scoring, now at 14.3 points per game.

TIGER UPDATE:  Towson (3-2) won its first three outings, all at home, easily handling Navy (72-45) and Morgan State (95-75) before outlasting Temple, 75-69. They have since played national powers Villanova (L, 78-44) and Kansas (L, 88-58) on the road, dropping those two contests.  SR power forward Jerrelle Benimon paces the Tigers in scoring (18.2) and rebounding (11.4).

ALL-TIME SERIES: The Tigers lead the all-time series, 34-20, but UMBC has captured the last two meetings. Ryan Cook scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half and Brett Roseboro posted a career high 19 points and added 10 rebounds as the host Retrievers never trailed in a 66-62 victory over Towson on Dec 1, 2012. Roseboro hit 9-of-11 shots from the floor before fouling out with 28 seconds remaining. Chase Plummer also posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC will have its first extended break of the season through the Thanksgiving holiday, returning to action on Monday, Dec. 2, when they welcome UMES to the RAC Arena.

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UMBC travels to Annapolis to face Navy Saturday night

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC continues its non-conference slate versus local foes when the Retrievers take on Navy for the first time since 2005 on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 p.m. The two teams will meet twice over the next six weeks with the first meeting occurring in Annapolis.

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  The UMBC men’s basketball team tied an NCAA Division I record by playing in their fourth consecutive overtime game, but extra time was unkind to the Retrievers as they fell, 89-83, to visiting Loyola at the RAC Arena on Nov. 20. Whereas UMBC wiped out a 23-point deficit three days earlier to defeat Mount St. Mary’s in overtime, the Greyhounds erased a 17-point Retriever second frame advantage to pull out the victory. Malik Garner led four Retrievers in double figures with 18 points.

MIDSHIPMEN UPDATE:  Navy will plays its first home game against a Division I squad when the Retrievers visit on Saturday. The Mids overwhelmed Goucher at home, 98-47 and have gone 1-3 on the road. The road victory was a 68-50 victory at UMBC America East rival Binghamton a week ago. Junior guard Brandon Venturini is the sole Midshipment to average in double figures to date with 10.8 points per game. He averages just over 20 minutes played per game as 16 Navy players average 6.0 or more minutes played per outing.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  The Retrievers continue its tour through the local scene, as UMBC visits Towson on Tuesday, Nov. 26 (7:30 p.m.)

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