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Youth And Inexperience Taking Toll On UMBC Men’s Basketball

Posted on 15 January 2010 by Corey Johns

With only four returning players, and just two who saw significant time last season it is no surprise to see the UMBC men’s basketball team struggling, but the rebuilding project has taken longer than expected in Catonsville as the team is just 1-15 after dropping another game, this time to the previously 2-13 Hartford Hawks, 74-68.

The offense is definitely clicking. Sixty-eight points is certainly enough to win a basketball game. Four players scored in double figures, led by Adrian Satchell who had team highs in points with 16, rebounds with five, and field goal percentage as he shot 70% (7-10). Chris De La Rosa added 12 points and Matt Spadafora and Shawn Grant each added 10 points.

But it’s the simple things that UMBC is having a hard-time doing. They’re struggling with defense, boxing out, creating turnovers, and pressuring the ball. All of that comes with time. You’d hope some of the freshman, who are apart of arguably the best freshman class UMBC has had, would have figured it out by now, but it does not seem to be the case yet.

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The Talent Just Isn’t There For UMBC Men’s Basketball

Posted on 12 January 2010 by Corey Johns

While they seemed to play with heart and give it everything they had against Boston University the UMBC men’s basketball team lose their 14th game of the 15 game old season, 75-63.

The team came out on fire. They scored the first seven points of the game and were forcing Boston U into some bad possessions, but eventually they broke free and never looked back. All it took was three Terriers to outscore UMBC. John Holland, Corey Lowe, and Jake O’Brien totaled 65 points with Holland leading the team with 25 with Lowe and O’Brien scoring 20.

Thirty-three of the Terriers points came of three’s as they totaled 11 three-point field goals, 10 of which came from their big three.

The Retrievers’ Jake Wasco recorded his first career double-double in just his second ever start with 12 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs, while three other players also scored in double-figures. Chauncey Gilliam and Chris De La Rosa each scored 13 points, while Gilliam made all three of UMBC’s three-pointers. Freshman Adrian Satchell added 10 points.

But no matter who does well for UMBC, they never seem to be able to get the job done, and at this point it is looking like they are just simply lacking the talent to be successful this year. While they have what is regarded as their best recruiting class ever, none of the freshman have quite figured out the transition yet. Gilliam was expected to be a big factor in the conference this season after averaging 10.6 points per game as a freshman, but he has struggled making a transition from the third option to a go-to scorer. Robbie Jackson is showing why a 7’0″ center is at the America East, and the lone player available from the championship team has been a major disappointment the last two seasons as he’s never really made an impact in a game this season with the exception of a 17 points and nine rebound performance against Rider when the team was without Jackson and Gilliam.

However, the season is not over for UMBC. Last season the team was left for dead but eventually found their way and managed to make another run to the conference championship game. With Randy Monroe at the helm he will certainly have his guys fired up and ready to play, it just depends on how long it takes for the team to finally develop and bring things together.

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Defense Continues to Get The Best Of UMBC Men’s Basketball

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Defense Continues to Get The Best Of UMBC Men’s Basketball

Posted on 07 January 2010 by Corey Johns


Point guard Chris De La Rosa had a career game but even his efforts were not enough to overcome the poor defense by the Retrievers

The UMBC men’s basketball team’s 82-71loss to Pennsylvania can be summed up in four words: they can’t play defense.

Going into the game Pennsylvania was 0-10 in their fourth game under interim coach Jessie Allen, allowing over 83 points per game and only scoring 60 points per game. In their first home game of the new year, and just fifth of the season UMBC was expected to come out with a purpose and get their second win of the season, but instead their lack of defense was too much to over come.

When a team scores 71 points in college basketball they should win, but when the opposing team shoots 50% from the field and hits 13 three-pointers and score 82 points, obviously something is wrong.

While the game was close at half-time, in the second half Pennsylvania just had their way and in the final 10 minutes they missed just one shot and scored 32 points. Six of the seven Quakers to play in the game surpassed their season average in points and four scored in double digits, led by Zach Rosen who went 4-7 from the three point line in a 28 point effort and Darren Smith whose 15 points can off five three-pointers.

For UMBC, only four players found a way to score in the first half. Sophomore swingman Chauncey Gilliam looked to be off to a career game with 16 points while shooting perfect from the field (5-5) and three point range (3-3). But in the second half he was completely taken out of the game by Pennsylvania’s defense. Every time he touched the ball he was double teamed and had to pass the ball out. He only managed two points after the break, which came in the final two minutes.

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A half time defensive switch by Pennsylvania to double team Chauncey Gilliam when he had the ball worked as he only scored two points in the second half.

Two more players managed to get on the board but it was Chris De La Rosa put the team on his back in hopes of getting a win and had the best game of his career, but the lack of defense was too much for his effort. He scored a career high 28 points off a 66.6% shooting performance with five assists, three rebounds, one steal, and no turnovers.

Now UMBC is 1-13 with 15 more games to play, which are all America East Conference games. They will look to rebound against a banged up Boston U team that was a unanimous pick to win the conference in the pre-season polls. They have been without Scott Brittain all season due to a concussion. His absence made the Terriers lose their best defender and one true offensive threat in the post. But the team will also be without sharp-shooting Tyler Morris who recently broke his right hand. He is a senior but has a history of injuries and has not played UMBC since his freshman season because of them. He was averaging 11.2 points per game, 3.1 assists, and 2.6 rebounds this season.

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Foul Trouble Kills UMBC Men’s Basketball In 73-58 Conference Opening Loss At Vermont

Posted on 02 January 2010 by Corey Johns

Evan Fjeld was an absolute nightmare for UMBC’s offense as he was the lead catalyst for the Vermont Catamount’s defense in their 73-58 victory over the Retrievers in the America East Conference Opener.

UMBC kept the game close very early by fell behind by 11 points in the first half when Robbie Jackson, Adrian Satchell, and Shawn Grant were all seated with two fouls early in the game.  When that happened neither side of the floor could get things going to UMBC.  Chauncey Gilliam scored 13 points and shot 50% from the field for the Retrievers but was met with a constant double team because of the lack of offensive options UMBC had available.

Defensively, UMBC was forced to switch out of their 2-3 zone that was working very effectively because they did not have the inside presence needed to keep the ball on the outside.

The 2-3 zone of the Retrievers kept them in the game for the early part because Vermont was forced to take three-point shots where were not falling.  After both Jackson and Satchell were put on the bench the Catamounts worked the ball inside and took advantage of the lack of size on the court for UMBC.

UMBC trailed by 11 points at intermission but when those three players; Jackson, Satchall, and Grant, all made it back on the floor in the second half, UMBC managed to cut the Vermont lead to just five points with 10 minutes remaining in the game, but all three players picked up another early foul, and Jackson eventually fouled out, allowing Vermont to go on a 21-8 run over the next seven minutes, putting the game out of reach for UMBC.

Despite only playing 23 minutes, Jackson led UMBC with 15 points.  Satchell recorded an impressive six points and five rebounds for the 16 minutes he was in, and Grant scored nine points and shot 50% from the field in just 19 minutes.

While UMBC may have lost their conference opener by 15 points to the team with the best overall record in the conference, they showed they have the ability to be a little bit of a factor in the America East if they keep players out of foul trouble and have other good scoring options on the floor to open up Chauncey Gilliam.

The Retriever will have a slight break from conference play as they return home on January 6 to play their final non-conference game of the season against the winless Ivy League team Pennsylvania at 7:30.

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UMBC Drops Double Overtime Thriller To Central Connecticut State, 89-86

Posted on 30 December 2009 by Corey Johns

Robbie Jackson and Chris De La Rosa had career games against the former Northeast Conference foe, but UMBC missed three late shots to drop the hard fought battle, 89-86.

Jackson led the way with 24 points off eight field goals and eight free throws with 15 rebounds, all of which marked career highs for the Marshall transfer.

Fellow transfer De La Rosa scored a game high 25 points off 11 field goals while grabbing seven rebounds, all of which marked career highs.

Chauncey Gilliam and Shawn Grant each recorded 12 points in the contest.  For Grant it ended a two game scoring drought, and marked his first double-digit outing since he scored 12 points against Toledo earlier this month.

But while UMBC had four players come up big, the Blue Devils had five as Robby Ptacek, Vince Rosario, David Simmons, Shemik Thompson, and Joe Seymore all scored at least 12 points.  Ptacek led the team with 23 points as all but Thompson surpassed their season averages.

UMBC had a great shot to end the game at the end of the first overtime when De La Rosa went up for a game-winning shot with one second left, but he made an inexperienced move and opted to pass to a wide open man on the wing as time expired.

They had a few chances in the second overtime but missed three straight shots while they were forced to foul Central Connecticut State players in hopes of conserving the clock.

Despite the hard fought battle, UMBC has now fallen to 1-11 and will begin conference play on January 2 against the 9-5 Vermont Catamounts.  Vermont was picked to finish second in the pre-season coaches polls and is home to two-time Player and Defensive Player of the Year Marqus Blakely.  He has been assisted by former Michigan State guard Maurice Joseph, who is in his second season as a Catamount.

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UMBC Men’s Basketball Proves To Be No Match For ACC’s Virginia Tech

Posted on 23 December 2009 by Corey Johns

The UMBC men’s basketball team matched their second lowest scoring output in school history as they only managed to score 34 points against Virginia Tech.

UMBC did not have much chance of winning going into the game.  They were just a 1-9 America East team while Virginia Tech was a 9-1 ACC team.  The difference in talent was evident as UMBC failed to get anything going.

Virginia Tech’s press completely took UMBC out of their element as they shot just 22.4% from the field, and when they were given gifts and sent to the line, they shot just 66.7%.

It took UMBC nine minutes to record their first point.  Virginia Tech scored the first 14 points of the game before Chris De La Rosa finally got UMBC on the scoreboard with a short jumper.  But there was nothing near a comeback.  UMBC went into the half down 38-13, and only scored 21 points in the second half as they fell 71-34.

The only Retriever to score in double figures was the tallest guy on the court, Robbie Jackson, who scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds, and blocked three shots.

Brian Neller shot 3-6 (50%) from three point range and ended the game with nine points, while De La Rosa scored seven points.  Matt Spadafora, Bakari Smith, and Nick Groce all added two points while Chauncey Gilliam scored just one point.

For the Hokies, Baltimore native Malcolm Delaney scored 17 points, 16 of which came in the first half.

UMBC is now 1-10 and will be looking to rebound against Central Connecticut State on December 30 before starting conference play three days late against the Vermont Catamounts.

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UMBC Men’s Basketball Falls to 0-4 With 77-66 Loss to Local Rival Coppin State

Posted on 24 November 2009 by Corey Johns

After coming out very strong with a 7-0 lead in the early minutes of the game, the men’s basketball team struggled down the stretch as they were outscored 18-5 in the final 7:08 of the first half. Until Matt Spadafora broke a 5:29 scoring drought with just 13 seconds left, UMBC was trailing the golden eagles by 14 points, but went into the half down 11, 36-25.

Only four retrievers would score in the half, the transfer duo of center Robbie Jackson and point guard Chris De La Rosa each recorded eight points. Chauncey Gilliam shot 3-5 from the field totaling six points, while Spadafora’s only points were the three at the end of the half.

Despite out rebounding Coppin State, 18-14, the Retriever trailed in every other key statistical category, and gave up six more turnovers than their opponent.

Eight minutes into the second half the golden eagles climbed out to a 19 point lead, and while UMBC battled back to cut the lead to just four with under four minutes remaining, the deficit proved to be too much as Coppin State’s next seven points were from the free throw line and UMBC could not hit a shot to match.

While the team made a valiant effort to come back and ended with four players scoring in double figures they fell to the Golden Eagles 77-66 to drop to 0-4 with a four game road stretch including James Madison, Towson, Toledo, and Penn State next on the schedule.

Four Retrievers scored in double figures, as Gilliam led all scorers with 20 points, Shawn Grant scored 11 points, and Jackson (17 points and 11 rebounds) and De La Rosa (12 points and 11 assists) each recorded a double-double.

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Early Terps Hoops – Still Missing Center

Posted on 19 November 2009 by Tom Federline

The University of Maryland Mens Basketball team comes out of the gates in the first poll with a #25 ranking in the country. Yeah, right. They could be #10, #20, #35, #60….some people are getting paid good money to assign numbers to college basketball programs, not necessarily teams. It’s all about early pub, TV ratings, and of course the almighty dollar. Why not? It works. Heck, #1 Kansas almost went down and should have, against a Memphis team with a 32 year old coach. I heard that guy, Josh McDaniel and their moms carpool. Kansas looks tough though, out there in Dorothy Land.

Terps – three games in, I’ve listened, I’ve watched, I’ve witnessed and they are middle of the pack. I know it’s early. I know I am supposed to be M-A-R-Y-L-A-N-D, Maryland will win. And they will, just not enough…………Unless Jordan Williams transforms into Buck Williams, real fast.

Positives: Three (3) seniors, two of them running the show, Vasquez – voistrous leader, Hayes – steady Eddie and Milbourne – quiet leader. Sean Mosely reminds me of Byron Mouton (but smaller). All of them have put on some bulk. They have matured. Now that’s either credit to the off-season work outs or they’ve discovered how to mask the orange “juice”. And there’s always – Garys Passion.

Negatives: No big boy. No experienced large presence. No Center. Vasquez – is way to unpredictable. Jordan Williams needs to grow up quickly. He could surprise, just doesn’t look like it at the moment. He’s no Joe Smith, either. This Padgett guy has some hops and is aggressive, just not big enough. Bowie still thinks he’s in high school or on the playground. Dino Gregory – what the heck is with that? Bad enough to be suspended from the team with no explanation, but not bad enough to be reportedly back on the team in three weeks. And there’s always – Garys Passion.

It’s early. Let’s stay positive. Just Beat Duke! It’s Terp basketball, it’s Red & White, it’s Garys tantrums, it’s Aiiiiirball, Aiiiiirball, it’s Hayes breaking a Maryland record for free throw percentage, It’s M-A-R-Y-L-A-N-D, Maryland will win……..the majority of them.

Quick Ravens hit: Positives – How-shank-a gone, Lardarious Webb, Paul Krueger. Negatives – coaching (all of ‘em), Stover coming back as a Dolt, What Ravens team is going to show up? And man, Indy Horseshoes in town – always reminds me of one ugly moment – Mayflower trucks in a March snow. “Truckin” – (Grateful Dead).

WNSTV: Props to Nestor. Check out his video on inducting Art Modell into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, when he was out in Canton. Nice background setting. That Bronze Bust Gallery is a cool room.

D.I.Y.

Fedman

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UMBC Drops Thriller to Loyola, 69-66

Posted on 18 November 2009 by Corey Johns

Local college basketball fans could not have asked for a better game on a Wednesday night as UMBC and Loyola battled it out in the RAC in a televised game. With the game withing one with under a minute left it could have gone either way, but Loyola knocked down a key shot with just 11 second left to force the game tying three from the Retrievers.

After a time out with two seconds left Loyola fouled Retriever point guard Chris De La Rosa to only give UMBC a chance at two points, while needing three. He made both shots, the Retrievers made the immediate foul, but Loyola hit both, and on a long inbound pass in hopes of the game tying three, the ball was thrown out of bounds as Loyola took the victory, 69-66.

After a strong start in the first few minutes while Chauncey Gilliam recorded nine points in five minutes, he only scored on point the rest of the half as Loyola led at intermission by 10, 36-26.

To start the second half Matt Spadafora scored six of UMBC’s nine points to trim the lead. While the game was close the rest of the game, it was not until a Chauncey Gilliam jumper put UMBC ahead with 6:58 left.

With seven more lead changes it looked to be a game headed to over time, but a free throw by Brett Harvey with 1:40 was the last as Loyola hit six free throws and one field goal to close out the game.

While Gilliam only had one point in the final 15 minutes of the first half, he scored 12 in the second half for a career high 22 points. In the game he went 3-4 from three point range. As a team they went 7-13 (53.8%) from beyond the arc. Three more of those three point shots came from freshman Shawn Grant who scored 11 points.

The only other Retriever to score in double-digits was Spadafora, who had 10 in the game.

It was the combination of Jamal Barney who was the achillies heal for UMBC. He scored 21 points in the game, 14 of which came in the second half.

While the Retrievers were down in the second half, they switched to a five guard set and battled back, but once again Loyola came out on top.

The switch came because 7’0″ forward Robbie Jackson struggled to get things going in the game and the other big men, Jake Wasco and Adrian Satchell, each had four fouls.

Next for UMBC is their first road match of the season with a showdown against George Washington on Saturday.

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Men’s Basketball Drops Big Lead and Fall to Morgan 72-57 in Season Opener

Posted on 16 November 2009 by Corey Johns

With 17:15 to play in the first half UMBC looked to ready for a rout of Morgan State with an 18 points lead, but over the next five minutes Morgan State made a 19 point ru to get a one point lead.

While UMBC got the lead back with just over nine minutes left in the game, Morgan State outscored the Retrievers 25-8 after that to get the 72-57 win.

Though the team collapsed, they were not expected to win. Morgan State is expected to run away with the MEAC championship while UMBC is supposed to struggle in the America East.

But to come out that strong, assuming they won’t drop a lead like that very often, UMBC should be a decent team in the conference this year.

In the game it was the lone available senior Matt Spadafora who stepped up and led the team in scoring with 12 points.

The next highest man was Chauncey Gilliam, who was declared eligible less than 48 hours prior to the game. He scored 11 points in 23 minutes of action with four rebound while shooting 4-10 from the field.

Freshman Adrian Satchell showed a lot of promise as in his debut he came up just a point away from a double-double with nine, and ten rebounds.

Transfer Robbie Jackson recorded seven points and a block while fellow transfer Chris De La Rosa scored six points with five assists.

Off the bench freshman Shawn Grant scored six points off two threes, with five rebounds. Brian Neller scored a four points while Bakari Smith added two.

Next for UMBC is Loyola (MD) on Wednesday at 7:30 in the RAC. The game will be televised on MASN.

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