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Six Retrievers Score In Double Figures In Shocking 79-50 Victory Over New Hampshire

Posted on 25 February 2010 by Corey Johns

The Retrievers showed they still have fight left in them. With their position in the America East Conference Tournament locked (they were in the 8 vs. 9 play-in-game against Albany no matter what the result was) the team had two goals in their season finale: Don’t finish in last place and go into the tournament with some momentum.

With the victory the Retrievers are just an Albany loss away from the eighth seed in the America East Conference tournament, meaning they were not the worst in their conference. They lost to Albany two times this season, but those were the Great Danes only conference victories.

But after not even being competitive against Binghamton, getting the win and playing well means so much more going into the conference tournament next weekend.

Against New Hampshire the Retrievers had both their best offensive and defensive night of the season, scoring a season high 79 points and holding New Hampshire to a season low (in terms of points allowed) 50 points.

Sophomore guard Chris De La Rosa scored a game high 23 points and had seven assists as he led five other player in double figures to a victory. Brian Neller made three threes for 11 points while Chauncey Gilliam had his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Robbie Jackson, Matt Spadafora, and Shawn Grant all scored 10 points.

UMBC just could not be stopped in the first half. They shot 66.7% from the floor and 75% from behind the line. Meanwhile, New Hampshire shot just 30.8%, and that dropped to 29.6% in the second half.

After two early four shots by Russell Graham in the first minute, UMBC got the lead and never looked back. They led by 22 points at the half and built it up to 33 with just 10 minutes to go in the game.

The Retrievers simply just out hustled the Wildcats. They out-rebounded New Hampshire 43-33, had 32 points in the pain, and 14 second chance points.

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Gilliam’s 21 Points Isn’t Enough In UMBC’s 81-61 Loss

Posted on 21 February 2010 by Corey Johns

Sophomore guard Chauncey Gilliam came back from a concussion and scored 21 points and made a career high seven steals but the team could not get enough going on either end of the court as the men’s basketball team fell to Binghamton, 81-61.

Binghamton freshman Dylan Talley scored a career high 22 points against UMBC in their last outing, this time he set a new mark, scoring 25 in just 27 minutes of action.

Junior Mahamoud Jabbi also set a career high so 20 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds.

After missing their first few shots, UMBC fell behind 8-0, and the game was essentially over already. The closest they got after that was withing three, but it only took Binghamton three minutes to get a double-digit lead that would last the rest of the game.

The closest UMBC would get in the second half was 15.

They will finish their regular season at New Hampshire on Wednesday, February 24.

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Diminished UMBC Men’s Basketball Team Just Doesn’t Have Enough To Hold Lead Against Stony Brook

Posted on 16 February 2010 by Corey Johns

As if the Retrievers weren’t going to have enough trouble against conference leading Stony Brook, they had to take the floor without two starters, leading scorer Chauncey Gilliam, and sophomore forward Jake Wasco.

But despite being without those two players UMBC came out fired up, hoping to send the lone senior, Matt Spadafora, out with a win in his final home game at UMBC. They led for the majority of the first half and held Stony Brook’s offense in check as just two players, Muhammad El-Amin (15 first half points) and Chris Martin (13 first half points) could get anything going.

With just over three minutes remaining in the first half Stony Brook took their first lead and went into the half with a four point lead.

But the lack of available players took it’s toll on UMBC as the players came out tired and let Stony Brook go on a 26-11 run to start the second half.

If it wasn’t for their continuous defensive struggles, UMBC could have come out on top as they scored 72 points in the game.

Four players scored in double-figures, led by Chris De La Rosa with 20. The others were freshman Shawn Grant, who scored 17 in place of Gilliam in the starting lineup, Robbie Jackson with 12 points, and the senior Spadafora went out with 10 points and six rebounds.

But Stony Brook’s offense could only be contained so long. They shots 58.3% in the second half and 60.0% in in the second half from three-point range. El-Amin led the team with 26 points while Martin ended with 17. Bryan Dougher scored 14 and Columbia native and River Hill graduate Tommy Brenton scored 10 points and had 11 rebounds.

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UMBC Men’s Basketball Gets Shutdown By Albany in 75-62 Defeat

Posted on 13 February 2010 by Corey Johns

It only took Albany seven minutes to jump out to a ten point lead over the UMBC men’s basketball team, and from there on it was not even close and led by as many as 18 in the first half. UMBC was able to pull within just six points in the second half but could not match the offensive explosion from the Great Danes.

Albany shot an astounding 52.9% from the floor and made six three-pointers in the game while UMBC shot just 35.7% from the floor and just 15.0% from three-point range.

Albany senior forward Scotty McRae scored a career high 21 points while coming off the bench while fellow reserve Tim Ambrose came just four assists away from a triple double as she scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds. Freshman point-guard Mike Black added 15 points and four assists.

UMBC guard Chauncey Gilliam scored in double-digits in his 10th straight game with a 15 points performance, all of which came in the second half, while fellow sophomore Chris De La Rosa led UMBC with 19 points and three assists. Forwards Robbie Jackson (nine points, six rebounds) and Adrian Satchell (eight points, eight rebounds) also contributed solid offensive efforts. But UMBC just three other players score in the game, combining for 11 points.

UMBC just could not stop the Albany offense and were beat back on defense all night. They were out-rebounded 44-32 and gave up 15 fast break points, four of which were from two crowd silencing dunks from Ambrose with 6:10 and 2:45 left in the game.

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Gilliam Scored A Career High 26 In 78-70 Win Over Hartford

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Gilliam Scored A Career High 26 In 78-70 Win Over Hartford

Posted on 11 February 2010 by Corey Johns

Sophomore Chauncey Gilliam scored over 20 points for his fifth time this season as he set a new career high with 26 points.

After what may have been their worst performance of the season against Maine, the UMBC men’s basketball team bounced back to get their third win of the season as they beat their 2007 championship opponent Hartford Harks on the road, 78-70.

Sophomore guard Chauncey Gilliam broke out of a shooting slump in which he shot just 6-of-25 (24%) in his last three games with a 6-of-11 (54.5%) performance from the field as he netted a career high 26 points. Half of his field goals came from three-point range as he went 3-of-5 (60%) and he helped the team out with an 11-of-15 (78.5%) performance from the free throw line in 27 minutes of action. He also came up just one rebound away from a double-double as he grabbed nine.

Fellow guard Chris De La Rosa scored 16 of his 22 points in the half while also adding five assists, four rebounds, and two steals in the game.

In the first half UMBC broke out to an 8-2 advantage and went into half-time with a 33-25 lead. It took Hartford nearly four minutes to get their first score of the second half while UMBC went on a 8-0 run to put the Retrievers ahead by 16 points.

Hartford was able to cut the lead to just five points with a minute left, largely due to seven three’s and 29 points by Joe Zeglinski and 15 points by Morgan Sabia, but UMBC hit their last seven free throws to close out the win.

While the UMBC defense game up 70 points, they stepped up to play one of their best games of the season. Hartford could not get much going from the field as they shot just 38.2% in the game and 34.3% from three-point range. But they did not help their cause as they only made it to the free throw line 17 times, making just six attempts as they shot 35.3%.

UMBC however thrived from the free throw line. De La Rosa went 14-of-15 (93.3%) while the team made it a total of 53 times, making 39 of their attempts (73.6%).

While the Retrievers still trailed in the rebounding totals, they only came up with four less than Hartford and won the rebounding contest on Hartford shots, 31-18.

With the win UMBC picked up their third win of the season but more importantly their second against conference opponents.

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UMBC Men’s Basketball Barely Shows Up In 84-63 Loss To Maine

Posted on 09 February 2010 by Corey Johns

When you’re giving it all you have game in and game out and are only 2-21 and 1-9 in your conference how do you stay motivated?

Until this game UMBC was playing competitive ball, and even if they were losing by a big margin they were still hustling and giving it their all, but against Maine the team came out of the locker room completely flat and never seemed to get anything going on either side of the court.

Just eight days ago UMBC pulled of an improbable and beat the first place Maine team on their home court, 56-55. But UMBC would have no such luck this time out and Maine got their revenge as they outplayed the Retrievers for 40 minutes, having UMBC their 22nd loss of the season, 84-63.

By the looks of the first minute one would have thought UMBC may have been on the road to another upset victory over Maine as they made both of their shots and drew a charge on Maine to jump out to a 4-0 lead. But there were stil 39 minutes of basketball left.

Maine made a quick turn around and went on a 12-0 run in just four minutes, and the game quickly got out of hand from there.

With 9:37 left Maine jumped out to a double-digit lead, and five minutes later they kept a double-digit lead for good. They went into the half leading by 13 points and with 5:58 remaining in the game they built up to a 38 point advantage.

After that moment Maine coach Ted Woodward called his rotation players to the bench and gave five rarely used players some time. UMBC managed to outscore that unit by 17 points but it was too little too late as the Retrievers lost by 21 points.

While the UMBC offense struggled to get much going in the game, the defense had no answers for the Maine offense which shot 53.3% from the field.

Sophomore guard Gerald McLemore tied a career high making seven three-pointers in a game high 25 point outing. Sean McNally (14 points), Murphy Burnatowski (11), and Junior Bernal (11) also proved to be too much for the UMBC defense.

This season UMBC’s other problem aside from defense has been rebounding and this game was no exception. UMBC was out-rebounded 47-20 and they only managed five offensive boards in the game.

The offense managed to pick up a fair amount of points in dead time when the Maine reserves were in which made the 63 point effort look fair, but before that moment UMBC only managed 38 points.

The team’s lone senior, Matt Spadafora, led the team with 14 points while sophomores guard Chris De La Rosa and Chauncey Gilliam each had 10. De La Rosa also came up just one assist shy of a double-double.

While Gilliam scored in double-digits in his eight straight game, he has been in a terrible shooting slump which hit a low in the game as he was just 1-of-7 from the field. His lone field goal came with under one minute remaining on a fast break steal he created.

In the last three games he is just 6-of-25 from the field but has made the most of his free throw opportunities, going 25-of-28 in that span.

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Ranking the Gary Williams Era Terps’ NBA Careers, and Where Might Greivis Vasquez Fit on the List?

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Who’s the Top Terp?

Posted on 03 February 2010 by Thyrl Nelson

Ranking the Gary Williams Era Terps’ NBA Careers, and Where Might Greivis Vasquez Fit on the List?

As the sun sets on the football season and the inevitable tumult of baseball approaches, the Terps basketball team has thus far provided more than a convenient distraction in between, and may also be proving that this season is a little more than just the Greivis Vasquez traveling NBA audition that we feared it could become. As Vasquez goes though, so go the Terps, for better or for worse, as he refines his trade and attempts to solidify his value for scouts on the next level.


When Vasquez arrived at Maryland to begin the 2006/07 season, the accolades were easy to come by. The scouts were touting him as 6’5” with the potential to grow to 6’7” by graduation, and he would supposedly benefit from the presence of what appeared to be another budding albeit more traditional style of point guard in classmate Eric Hayes. After a prolonged stretch of Terps teams lacking in NBA caliber talent, Vasquez appeared poised to break that trend in a big way. In fact, given all of the hoopla, it was easy to envision at least the possibility that Vasquez could mature into the best Gary Williams era Terp in the NBA. His style after all, even from day one, always seemed better suited for a one-on-one style of game.


Three and a half seasons later, 6’5” seems debatable, 6’7” out of the question, and maturation is a relative term as well as a work in progress where Vasquez is concerned. Still, it’s not beyond possibility, that by the time all is said and done, Vasquez could be the best Gary Williams era Terp in the NBA anyway, maybe more due to a lack of impact by Gary’s Terps in the league than any great potential of Vasquez’ own.


The Terps athletics’ web site lists 17 former Terps, who spent at least one season under Gary Williams as having played in the NBA. For some, played is a relative term too. Here are my unofficial rankings on the Williams’ era Terps, ranked based solely on their NBA careers. Looking over the list, Vasquez won’t have to aim very high to get into the top 5.


The Honorable Mentions


#17. Cedric Lewis – There are lots of players who came and went through the hallowed halls of College Park that would’ve loved to have been the last guy on this list, but that distinction goes to Lewis. Inherited from the Bob Wade regime, Lewis played 2 seasons under Gary Williams, and tallied 137 blocks in 1990/91. Never a commensurate rebounder with his leaping ability, Lewis managed just 4 NBA minutes in 3 official games with the then Washington Bullets in the ’95-’96 season.


#16. Chris McCray – McCray came to the Terps as part of their first post-national championship class and played 4 seasons between ’02-03 and ’05-06. A starter since his sophomore season, McCray came right out of the gates as a double-digit scorer, averaging 11 ppg as a sophomore, and topping out at 15.1 ppg as a senior. Largely ineffective in other stat categories, McCray managed a total of 12 NBA minutes over 5 games with the Bucks in 2006-’07.


#15. Evers Burns – Burns a carry over from Wade’s last recruiting class played 4 seasons under Williams. As a senior, Burns took advantage of the opportunities afforded to him because of defection and disinterest to the tune of 18.5 points and 9 rebounds per game. He was drafted in the second round by Sacramento and played just 143 minutes in parts of 23 games for the Kings in ’93-94.


#14. Keith Booth – The current Terps’ assistant, largely credited with opening the door back up for the Terps to Baltimore recruiting, Booth started all of his 126 games as a Terp and managed double digit point production right out of the gates, averaging 10.8 points and 6 rebounds per game as a freshman and steadily increasing those averages to 19.5 points and 8 boards per game as a senior. Drafted 28th overall by Chicago in 1997, Booth earned a ring as a member of the Bulls, but not much playing time. Largely limited by injuries Booth managed 2.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, playing an average of 10 minutes per over the course of 2 seasons.


#13. Laron Profit – Profit played four seasons under Williams and started for three. Appearing poised for stardom, the athletic Profit, leveled off stats-wise after his sophomore season, and never really became the player that many had envisioned in his first 2 seasons as a Terp. Drafted in the second round by Orlando in 1999, Profit never suited up for the Magic, but did manage to play parts of four NBA seasons, ’99-’00, ’00-’01, and ’04-05 for the Wizards and ’05-’06 for the Lakers. For his career Profit averaged 3.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in an average of 11.4 minutes per.


#12. Terence Morris – Arguably a lottery pick after his sophomore season, one in which he averaged 15 points and 7 boards per game, Morris decided the money could wait and stayed in school. As a junior he saw his averages go up slightly, but his draft potential begin to drop, he followed it up with 12 points and 7 ½ boards as a senior and went to the Rockets by way of the Hawks in the second round of the 2001 draft. He played 117 games and started 12 for the Rockets in ’01-’02 and ’02-’03 and then made a comeback with Orlando in ’05-’06 for 22 games. For his NBA career, Morris averaged 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds in just under 14 minutes per game.


#11. Obinna Ekezie – A starter from the midway point in his freshman year, Ekezie used his big body and brilliant mind to overcome the late start that he had on the game of basketball in general. He averaged a steady 12 points and 6 boards per game as a junior and senior, and then managed parts of 4 seasons with 5 NBA teams before finishing his NBA career in ’04-’05 with the Hawks. Ekezie played for Vancouver, Washington, Dallas, the Clippers and Hawks, managing 32 starts and 10.8 minutes per game in a 143-game career. He finished with career averages of 3.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. A noted scholar, Ekezie was probably always destined to earn a better living outside the NBA than in it, but still almost makes the top ten.


The Top Ten


#10. D.J. Strawberry – Son of Darryl, D.J. Strawberry played 4 seasons under Williams between ’03-’04 and ’06-’07 in a variety of roles. Strawberry’s development was debatably either hindered or enhanced by the fact that he was called on to play a number of different roles for the Terps in his four seasons. He finished his Terps career averaging 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game, and was drafted by Phoenix in the second round in 2007. In one NBA season, Strawberry averaged 8 minutes with 2.2 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist per game in parts of 33 games. Strawberry currently plays for Reno of the NBA D-League, as a designee of the Rockets so the book may not yet be closed on his NBA fortunes just yet.


#9. Lonny Baxter – You could call Lonny Baxter the evolution of Evers Burns. Baxter was reluctantly awarded a starter’s role, late in his freshman season of ’98-’99 and never relinquished it. Baxter was a pretty steady 15 points and 8 boards per game as a sophomore, junior and senior and was a second round selection of the Bulls in the 2002 NBA draft. He managed 4 seasons in the NBA with the Bulls, Raptors, Wizards, Hornets, Rockets and Bobcats before going off to play in Europe. For his NBA career Baxter managed 162 games, averaging 11 ½ minutes, 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest, but may be best remembered for shooting a Glock randomly into the air while driving in the vicinity of the White House for no apparent reason.


#8. Sarunas Jasikevicius – Williams foray into the European talent market brought him Jasikevicius, and all of his 3-point range. A four-year player and two-year starter, Jasikevicius averaged 12 and a half points per game as a senior while shooting nearly 40% from three-point land. Overlooked by the NBA, Jasikevicius retreated to Europe, and became the shooting star of the Lithuanian National team, before surfacing with the Pacers in ’05-’06 and then splitting time between the Pacers and Warriors in ’07-’08. One of the most decorated pros in Europe and around the globe, Sarunas averaged 6.8 points and 2.9 assists per game in 138 NBA contests over 2 seasons.


#7. Tony Massenburg – A holdover from Lefty Driesell to Wade to Williams, Massenburg spent just one season playing for Gary. He averaged 18 points and 10 boards per game in that season, although no one could likely verify it since the Terps were in struggling in exile. Longevity and the ability to adapt were skills that served Massenburg well over his NBA career too, holding on for 13 seasons while playing for an NBA record 12 different teams including Houston and Vancouver twice each. Never averaging more than 28 minutes or 11.2 points or 7 rebounds per game, Massenburg finished his career with averages of 6.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18 minutes per game, over a total of 683 NBA games.


#6. Juan Dixon – There’s little debating that Juan Dixon was the most storied Terp of the Williams era as far as college careers go, the lightly recruited Baltimore guard who became a three time first team all ACC player, a first team all American, culminates his career with back to back Final Fours, a National Title and a Tournament MOP award. At 6’3” though, Dixon’s NBA potential was in doubt, but not enough to drop him from the first round as the Wizards selected him with the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2002 draft. Over 7 NBA seasons, Dixon has gone from Washington to Portland to Toronto to Detroit back to Washington, and most recently to Greece. A part time starter, in 436 NBA games over 7 seasons, Dixon averaged 8.4 points, 1.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per game.


Totally Depressed Yet? The Top 5 is a Little Better


#5. Chris Wilcox – Only at Maryland for 2 seasons total, Wilcox didn’t find his way into the starting lineup until midway through his sophomore, and final season. His numbers are largely unimpressive, averaging 12 points, 7 rebounds and over a block per game, but his athleticism was unquestionable. Wilcox gave the Terps a gigantic boost down the stretch in their run to a national title, and rode that momentum into the draft lottery, going 8th overall to the Clippers in ’02. In his 8 NBA seasons, Wilcox, currently with the Pistons, has played for 5 different teams, but may have peaked with the Sonics between 2005 and 2008. He’s playing 13 minutes per game for a bad Detroit team right now, averaging 4 ½ points and 3 ½ rebounds per.


#4. Walt Williams – Another Wade holdover, Walt the Wizard is adored as much or more by old school Terps fans for hanging around and giving us anything to cheer for as the Williams regime settled in, than for the wonderful memories he left us on the court. In his 3 seasons under Gary Williams, Walt Williams was called on to do everything from banging in the post to running the point. As a senior Williams averaged 27 points 5 ½ rebounds and 3 ½ assists per game for an otherwise anonymous team. He was drafted 7th overall in 1992 by the Kings, and played 11 NBA seasons between Sacramento, Miami, Toronto, Portland, Houston and Dallas. At his best he was good for 15 points and 4 rebounds per contest, for his career he averaged 12 and 4.


#3. Steve Blake – Blake, the point guard from the national title squad and last significant pro the Terps have produced is currently playing, and often starting, for the Portland Trailblazers. A four-year starter for the Terps, Blake finished his Maryland career averaging 8 points, 7 assists and 3 ½ rebounds per game as a Terp. This season with Portland he’s playing 28 minutes per game averaging 7 ½ points and 4 assists per; pretty much right on his career averages. In a league rich in young point guards, but devoid of true traditional pass first floor leaders, Blake remains a niche commodity and his placement on this list a work in progress.


#2. Steve Francis – Only sticking around for one season at Maryland, Francis was probably the biggest recruit of the Williams era. After flirting with the NBA out of Alleghany Community College, Francis brought his wares to Maryland for one season, and averaged 17 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game before bolting to the NBA. Drafted by Vancouver with the second overall pick of the 1999 NBA draft, Francis refused to report and was subsequently traded to Houston where he became Stevie Franchise. In 5 seasons with the Rockets Francis averaged 20 points, 6 ½ assists and 6 rebounds per game, living up to his Franchise moniker. Disgruntled after the trade of his pal Cuttino Mobley, Francis spent the next 3 seasons with the Magic, and Knicks before returning to the Rockets to end his career in ’07-’08. Francis finished that career as a 3 time All-Star with averages of 18 points, 6 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game over 9 total seasons.


#1. Joe Smith – Joe Smith burst onto the scene for a Terps team in need of a jump start in ’93-’94 as a freshman averaging 20 and 12 per game. After putting up nearly identical numbers and capturing the Naismith Award as a sophomore, Smith wisely bolted to the NBA, while the getting was good, and before Allen Iverson or Tim Duncan had a chance to steal his money. As a result, Smith was chosen first overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1995 NBA draft. As #1 overall picks go, Smith could be considered a disappointment, but hardly a bust. In 15 seasons since that pick, Smith has been through 10 teams and a variety of roles, but remains vigilant. At his best, you could pencil him in for 15 and 8, for his career, he averages 11.3 and 6.6. In addition to his 10 unique NBA stops, Smith has enjoyed 2 stays each in Philly and Minnesota, and is currently logging 9 minutes per game and putting up 2.8 points and 2.8 boards per for the Hawks. He’s also providing veteran leadership to one of the NBA’s most exciting young frontcourts, increasing his overall NBA impact still. Disappointing for a #1 overall perhaps, but as Gary era Terps go, Smith is easily the cream of a not so lovely crop.









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Robbie Jackson's Shot With One Second Left Scored UMBC The Upset Victory Over First Place Maine

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Robbie Jackson’s Shot With One Second Left Scored UMBC The Upset Victory Over First Place Maine

Posted on 30 January 2010 by Corey Johns

Robbie Jackson scored the game winning basket with 1.4 seconds left to give UMBC a 56-55 upset victory over conference leading Maine.

With 1:12 remaining the the game the UMBC men’s basketball team’s dreams of an upset of first place Maine looked to be gone as Black Bear point guard Junior Bernal stole the ball from Chris De La Rosa, took it up the court for a fast break lay-up, and was fouled on the play.  Until this point UMBC did not trail after the first two minutes, but were on the wrong end of a big momentum swing.

But Bernal’s free throw did not go down, giving UMBC a breath of life.  With 31 seconds Maine’s Andrew Rogers had the ball off an inbound pass following a timeout, and was immediately fouled.  With the shot clock off he had a chance to force UMBC to make a three-pointer for a win, but missed both attempts.  UMBC’s 7’0″ center Robbie Jackson battled for the rebound, and gave UMBC one more shot at a win.

He passed the ball to De La Rosa, who this time made sure no Maine player was around for a steal.  He dribbled the clock down and with four seconds left he was met with a triple team.  But when a team puts more than one defender on a player that leaves another guy open.  De La Rosa somehow found that man wide open on the baseline, who was the guy who started the play, Jackson.  He took three steps forward and with 1.4 seconds remaining he put UMBC ahead by one point after a layup and with not enough time for Maine to get the ball back down for a shot, he sealed UMBC their second victory of the season, and first victory against an America East opponent, breaking an 11 game skid.

When a first place team lets a last place team hang around, it usually does not end well for them, and that was the case in this game.  Maine can out flat and let UMBC hang around the entire game.  While they tied the game at the half, they let UMBC regain the lead, letting them be in the drivers seat.  The Black Bears came out very flat in the game and combined with the UMBC defense stepping up they only shot 32.1% from the field, and 28% from three-point range.

UMBC however was very energized, playing as if they were on an 11 game winning streak rather than losing streak.  But the two players who stepped up the most were both freshman, Adrian Satchell and Brian Neller.  Satchell has started all 22 games for UMBC this season and had shown flashes of greatness.  He recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, but also chipped in two steals and two blocks.  Neller has also shown signs of being a good player, but more often than not his time was limited for very frustrating decisions.  But against Maine he provided 12 points off the bench by hitting four three-pointers, shooting 50% in the game.

Clearly UMBC was desperate for a win, and caught a flat Maine team for their second win, and first conference win of the season.  They will have a week off before their next game, which will be Hall of Fame day as they will take on Vermont in the RAC.  They will then have their rematch against Maine for a second straight home game.

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UMBC Gets Thrashed By Binghamton, 80-63

Posted on 27 January 2010 by Corey Johns

In easily there worst performance of the year, the UMBC men’s basketball team came out in from of a home crowd completely flat against their 2009 Championship opponent Binghamton Bearcats as they lost, 80-63.

UMBC had a chance to get back into the game after a 34-27 halftime deficit when Chauncey Gilliam hit a short jumper to cut the Bearcat lead to four, but the Bearcats quickly pulled away with and left UMBC in the dust.

Until this point the Retrievers were not as bad as their 1-19 record, they were competitive, and showing a lot of effort in each game but were just coming up short.  But after the 17 points loss they seem worthy of their last place ranking in college basketball.

They were constantly beat back on defense, they made their first three-pointer with less than eight minutes in the game, they missed half of their free throws, they made terrible turnovers, and they let Binghamton free for several easy layups inside the entire game.

On offense, they never seemed to be running a real offense, they moved the ball around on the perimeter far more than necessary and when the clock got to one they took a very bad shot because they had to.  It seemed like a bunch of players just running around the floor trying to get open, but were unable to do so.

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UMBC Men’s Basketball Can’t Keep Up With High Powered Terriers

Posted on 24 January 2010 by Corey Johns

After going into halftime down 14 points the UMBC men’s basketball team looked to be completely out of the game, but a 17-7 run over the first nine minutes of the half cut the Terrier lead to just five point. However, a questionable foul on Robbie Jackson sent John Holland to the free throw line, and when both of his shots went in all of the Retrievers momentum went out the window and the Terriers went on a 17-1 run, which UMBC could not recover from.

The last time these two teams squared off Holland scored 25 points while Jake O’Brien and Corey Lowe each rattled of 20. This time, Holland did match his total from last game, but he did it with the help of five three-pointers while also grabbing 12 rebounds. O’Brien did not have one of his best days shooting the ball but still only came up two points shy of his previous total as he scored 18 points and added six rebounds, three blocks, and two assists. Lowe packed the stat sheet with 10 points, eight assists, five rebounds, a steal, and two three-pointers.

But this time the Boston three-party had a big lift from a fourth Terrier, Carlos Strong, who scored 13 points with four rebounds, three assists, and three three’s.

The Terriers shot 54.9% from the field and made 11 three pointers, eight of which came in the first half.

While UMBC made a valiant comeback, they just did not have enough offensive production to keep up with the hot shooting Terriers. Chris De La Rosa led UMBC with 18 points and six rebounds but Chauncey Gilliam was the only other Retriever to score in double figures. He scored 10 points with five rebounds and has four steals and three assists.

Adrian Satchell did not score in double figures but scored seven points and had 10 rebounds. Matt Spadafora and Shawn Grant each added nine points.

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