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UMBC punches ticket for America East title game with win over Binghamton

Posted on 01 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Stony Brook, N.Y.- UMBC senior face-off specialist Phil Poe (Harwood, Md./DeMatha) set an America East Tournament record by winning 24 (of 30) face-offs and attackmen Matt Gregoire (Crofton ,Md./South River) and Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) combined for 13 points as the third-seeded Retrievers defeated No. 2 Binghamton, 16-10, in the league semifinals.

UMBC (8-6) advances to its second consecutive title game and will face top-seeded Albany, a 17-16 overtime winner over Stony Brook in the nightcap. The game will be played at 10:00 a.m. at Stony Brook’s La Valle Stadium and air on ESPNU.

Gregoire, a senior, scored four goals and added three assists, while Maxwell, a freshman, recorded  season-highs with four goals and six total points.

UMBC never trailed, but Binghamton shaved an 8-4 halftime deficit to 10-9 on a Mitchell Rick goal just 2:58 into the fourth quarter. But Poe, who won eight of nine fourth quarter draws, kept getting the ball back for the Retrievers. Gregoire, who was held off the board in the second and third quarters, finished a Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) pass inside at the 4:17 mark to start a 4-0 Retriever run..

On UMBC’s next possession, Gregoire made a great catch inside of a Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) and beat BU netminder Max Schefler to push the lead to 12-9 with 9:55 remaining.

Sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch (Va.) School) scored a pair of goals in a 38-second span late in the quarter to help seal the victory.

“”It was a good tough win for us today and I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” said head coach Don Zimmerman. “Getting out to a big lead certainly helped us, but give Binghamton credit, they are tough, well-coached and scrappy. In the fourth quarter, we needed to show more poise, and I am proud of…how we responded.in a clutch situation.”

The Retrievers started brightly, opening up a 4-0 just 6:15 into the proceedings. Gregoire opened the scoring, taking advantage of a mismatch to dodge and score unassisted just 1:52 into the contest. Maxwell then scored his first of the game, converting an inside feed from Gregoire at the 3:01 mark. Binghamton was whistled for a foul after the play and Maxwell made the Bearcats pay, setting up Nate Lewnes on the doorstep to put UMBC ahead, 3-0, just 3:39 into the contest.

Senior midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) scored UMBC’s fourth goal at the 6:15 mark before Binghamton Michael Antinozzi scored on his side’s first shot of the game 61 seconds later.

Gregoire and Maxwell ended the first 15 minutes with goals to give the Retrievers a 6-1 lead.

But Binghamton would outscore UMBC, 3-2, in the second quarter to cut their deficit to 8-4 at halftime.

Poe won 12 of 14 first half draws and collected eight ground balls as UMBC dominated time of possession in the first 30 minutes.

But the Bearcats outscored UMBC, 4-2, in the third quarter to close the gap to 10-8 after 45 minutes.

Young also tallied three goals for UMBC and Lewnes added two goals and one assist.

Antinozzi led the Bearcats with four goals.

UMBC outshot BU, 50-20, amassing its most shots in a game this season. The Retrievers also dominated the ground ball statistics, 41-13, including 16 ground balls for Poe.

“The best defense is offense and when Phil Poe is wins 24 face-offs, that’s playing great defense for us,: Zimmerman said. “Matt Gregoire would not be denied today and stepped up and scored some huge goals for us.”

Schefler made 12 saves in the Bearcat cage, while UMBC red-shirt freshman Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Acad.) had a season low four stops for the victors.

Notes: Gregoire has 45 goals on the season, the second-most for any UMBC Division I men’s lacrosse player… Jason Smith holds the record with 47 scores in 1992… Poe now has 339 ground balls for his career and is now in second place in that category… He also has 209 face-off wins, nine shy of his own school record, set a year ago… Gordon has set a UMBC freshman record for saves with 163… UMBC is now 5-0 versus  Binghamton in America East Tournament games

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UMBC meets Binghamton in America East semifinals Thursday

Posted on 30 April 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC (7-6, 3-2 AE) has qualified for its 11th America East championship in 11 league campaigns and the third-seeded Retrievers will meet second-seeded Binghamton (7-7, 4-1 AE) in the 2014 America East Championships on Thursday, May 1. The tournament will take place at Stony Brook University’s La Valle Stadium and the Retrievers and Bearcats face-off in the opening game of the doubleheader at 5:00 p.m. Live video streaming is available on the America East Digital Network (www.americaeast.tv) and live stats will be available via America East Championship Central.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC outscored Vermont, 10-0, in the second quarter and three Retrievers etched themselves in the record books as UMBC defeated the Catamounts, 17-14, at Virtue Field in the regular season finale for both squads.
SR face-off specialist Phil Poe set a pair of school records in the contest. UMBC’s all-time lead in face-offs won, controlled a school-record 28 (of 34) draws, surpassing his own school mark by five. He also collected 20 ground balls, eclipsing Nick Brownlee’s record of 18, recorded on April 6, 1997.
SO A Nate Lewnes (7g, 1a) and SR A Matt Gregoire (5g, 3a) shared game-high scoring honors with eight points apiece.
The Retrievers have won three AE titles (2006, 2008, 2009) and got back to the title game for the first time since 2009 last season. As the No. 3 seed in 2013, UMBC defeated Hartford, 15-13, in the semifinals before falling to Albany, 19-10.
Gregoire leads the team with 41 goals and 47 points. Entering the week, he is second nationally with 3.15 goals per game (behind UA’s Miles Thompson) and the 41 goals is tied for the fifth-most scored in a single season in school history.
Gregoire and Poe are two of just seven seniors on the 2014 Retriever roster. UMBC started two freshmen and four sophomores throughout the campaign.
Four other Retrievers have 33 or more points. SO M Jack Gannon (18-22-40) and FR A Max Maxwell (11-22-33) share the team lead in assists, while SO M Pat Young (27-9-36) and SO A Nate Lewnes (28-8-34) round out an efficicent offensive unit.
Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 12.23 saves per game. He earned AE Rookie of the Week honors on March 31.
UMBC is ranked 11th in the nation with 12.0 goals scored per game. The Retrievers averaged 13.2 goals per game in America East play and 15.7 in their last three contests. UMBC is also 12th in the nation in shooting percentage at 32.1 percent.
BEARCAT UPDATE: Binghamton fell on the road at Albany (9-5, 5-0 AE) 21-7 from John Fallon Field on Saturday night. The Bearcats received three goals from senior Michael Antinozzi in a losing effort.
Antinozzi, who has 19 goals on the season, recorded a point in his 45th straight game. Fellow senior Matt Springer added a pair of goals for BU and broke the single season goals record at the school with 37. JR A Tucker Nelson, who did not play at Albany, leads BU with 42 points (14 g, team-high 28 assists).

ALL-TIME SERIES/2014 RESULT:  UMBC leads the all-time series, 12-3, but the Bearcats have taken two of the last three meetings.

The teams have met four times in the America East Tournament, but not since 2009. UMBC has won all four tournament contests (all semi-final contests), but all were decided by four goals or less and the last two (2008, 2009) were one-goal decisions.
UMBC held a 6-4 halftime lead, but the host Binghamton Bearcats outscored the Retrievers, 9-1, in the second half and earned a 13-7 America East Conference victory at the Bearcats Sports Complex on April 6. FR A Max Maxwell led UMBC with a goal and two assists, while SO M Pat Young and SR A Matt Gregoire each scored a pair of goals.
NOTES: Top-seeded and defending league champion Albany takes on host and fourth-seed Stony Brook in the second semi-final, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The title game will be played at La Valle Stadium at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3 and will be televised live by ESPNU.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 28 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Portland Timbers (Saturday 10pm from Portland live on Comcast SportsNet); MLL: Long Island Lizards @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium); Tennis: ATP Tour Mutua Madrid Open (Tuesday-Sunday from Madrid live on Tennis Channel)

10. Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Towsontown Spring Festival (Saturday & Sunday Downtown Towson); Ocean City Springfest (Thursday-Sunday Ocean City Inlet); Kevin Nealon (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); Kinetic Sculpture Race (Saturday American Visionary Art Museum); The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and “Walk of Shame” out in theaters (Friday); Legend of Hercules” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Kevin Nealon is such an underrated part of the greatness of the Chris Farley Chippendale’s sketch.

I could use some more Emma Stone in my life.

9. Against Me! (Friday 9pm Rams Head Live), All Time Low (Sunday 8pm Rams Head Live), Pop Evil (Sunday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Rob Zombie (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Sevendust (Friday 9:30pm Baltimore Soundstage); Ledisi (Sunday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); Kerfuffle feat. 311/SOJA/KONGOS/Cage The Elephant/J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Saturday 1:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ben Kweller (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Ozomatli (Monday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Iggy Azalea (Friday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Black Label Society (Monday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); CHVRCHES (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm 9:30 Club), Future Islands (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club), Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club), Nickel Creek (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Dave Grohl (Monday 8pm 9:30 Club); Three Dog Night (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere), Pat McGee Band (Saturday & Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); David Gray (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Saliva (Saturday 9pm Fish Head Cantina); Ray LaMontagne “Supernova”Old 97′s “Most Messed Up”Damon Albarn “Everyday Robots”Chris Robinson “Phosphorescent Harvest” and Johnnyswim “Diamonds” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Support our boys in All Time Low. They’re good boys.

Sometimes I forget how much I freaking love some Against Me tunes.

Would it be awkward for me to leave Kerfuffle hours early after J. Roddy???

Ozomatli is a damn fine way to celebrate Cinco.

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UMBC can’t hold halftime lead, falls at Binghamton

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Vestal, N.Y. – UMBC held a 6-4 halftime lead, but the host Binghamton Bearcats outscored the Retrievers, 9-1, in the second half and earned a 13-7 America East Conference victory at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

UMBC had its two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 5-5 overall and 1-1 in league play, while Binghamton improved to 4-6, 2-0.

Binghamton outshot UMBC, 38-27, and UMBC fell to 0-5 when being oushot in 2014.

Freshman attackman Max Maxwell (Hamburg, N.Y./Hamburg) led UMBC with a goal and two assists, while sophomore midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) and senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) each scored a pair of goals.

Binghamton jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Retrievers reeled off four consecutive goals and led, 4-2, on a score by Maxwell with 11:00 to play in the second quarter. The Bearcats tied the game on back-to-back scores, but Gregoire gave the visitors the lead back, converted a high feed from Maxwell inside with 3:29 remaining in the stanza.

With 1:45 to play in the half, Young found the net on a dodge and shot from 10 yards out to give UMBC a 6-4 advantage, which they took to the break.

But Binghamton came out in the second half and jumped on the Retrievers, racking up four straight goals in the first 10 minutes of the third. Sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) tried to breath life back into the visitors, finishing on a man-down fast break situation with 4:31 to play in the quarter.

UMBC won the ensuing draw, but turned the ball over and BU’s Michael Antonozzi closed the quarter with a goal at the 13:03 mark of the period to give the hosts a 9-7 lead after 45 minutes.

A key sequence early in the fourth quarter stung the Retrievers, as Binghamton netminder Max Schefler made back-to-back, one-on-one  saves on Gregoire in a five-second span.  After BU’s Tucker Nelson gave the Bearcats the first three-goal of the day at 10-7 with 10:58 remaining, the Bearcats took over the momentum and controlled the final stages  of the game.

Schefler, who made just two saves and allowed six first half goals, stopped 11 shots (13 saves) and permitted just one second half UMBC goal. UMBC red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) allowed more goals (13) than recorded saves (11) for only the second time in 2014.

UMBC won the battle of face-offs, 14-10, but committed more turnovers (15) than the Bearcats (12).

The Retrievers return to action on Saturday, April 12, when they host Hartford at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

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UMBC continues America East play Sunday at Binghamton

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

An early battle of America East unbeaten will take place in Vestal, N.Y. on Sunday, April 6, as the UMBC Retrievers (5-4, 1-0 America East) face the Binghamton Bearcats (3-6, 1-0 AE) at the Bearcats’ Sports Complex. The opening face-off is set for 2:00 p.m. Live video streaming is available on www.americaeast.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Sophomore midfielder Pat Young scored with 9.6 seconds remaining in the first overtime period as the Retrievers edged Stony Brook, 12-11, in the America East opening game for both squads on March 28. Young and SR A Matt Gregoire led a balanced attack in goal-scoring with three apiece. Gregoire, who leads the team with 29 goals and 32 points, has scored all of his season’s goals in the last eight games. Entering the week, he is fifth nationally with 3.22 goals per game and has already set a new single-season high for goals scored. Red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon is ranked sixth in the nation with 12.33 saves per game. The reigning AE Rookie of the Week owns a save percentage of 56.3 percent, which is 14th-best in the country. The win over Stony Brook moved UMBC’s overtime record in America East play to 4-1 in regular season competition.

BEARCAT UPDATE:  Binghamton gave No. 8 Syracuse all they could handle on Wednesday night, losing a tight 10-8 non-conference contest in front of 1,847 fans at the Carrier Dome. JR A Tucker Nelson led the way for Binghamton with a four-point effort against the Orange with a one-goal, three-assist night. BU edged Hartford, 11-10, in their America East opener from Al-Marzook Field on Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats fought back from a four-goal deficit in the first half and their defense withstood a late Hartford rally in the final minute. SR A Matt Springer registered his fourth hat trick of the season with a four-goal effort. Nelson leads BU in points with 10 goals and a team-best 19 assists, while SR A Matt Springer has tallied a team-best 25 goals. Seven of the Bearcats’ nine games have been decided by two goals or less and BU is 3-4 in those contests.

LAST YEAR’S RESULT/ALL-TIME SERIES:  Young scored his fourth goal with 1:18 remaining and the host Retrievers outlasted Binghamton, 10-9, to clinch a berth in the America East Tournament for the tenth consecutive year on April 27, 2013. Young, who led the Retrievers with four scores, scored his third game-winning goal of the season.
Binghamton won the first meeting in New York in 2004 and the most recent one in Vestal in 2012, but UMBC won the 11 contests in between and last year’s game to increase the series lead to 12-2.  Five of the 14 decisions in the series have been determined by a single goal and UMBC has won a pair of overtime decisions versus the Bearcats.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC returns home for back-to-back America East contests, starting with a Saturday, April 12 contest versus Hartford. The opening face-off is slated for 3:30 p.m.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 01 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Shell Houston Open (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Humble, TX), LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship (Thursday & Friday 6pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Rancho Mirage, CA live on Golf Channel); Auto Racing: NASCAR Duck Commander 500 (Sunday 3pm from Fort Worth, TX live on FOX)

10. Mike Birbiglia (Friday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Judah Friedlander (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (Tuesday-Friday Baltimore Arena); Captain America: The Winter Soldier” out in theaters (Friday); Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Judah Friedlander has GREAT hats.

Also, this was a wonderful part of Anchorman 2.

9. Crowded Streets: Dave Matthews Band Tribute (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Scott Stapp (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); The Lone Bellow (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage Thursday 8pm Capitol Theatre); Childish Gambino (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Grouplove/MS MR/Smallpools (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), The Hold Steady (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Los Lonely Boys (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton); Dream Theater (Tuesday 7pm Lincoln Theater); Rocket From The Crypt (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Nickel Creek “A Dotted Line” and Chevelle “La Gargola” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Drew Forrester and I will be at The Lone Bellow Thursday night in York. Zach Williams from TLB will be on “The Reality Check” Tuesday. These are exciting times.

You know what, here’s more of The Lone Bellow. They’re THAT good. They do a John Prine song in this one.

More Lone Bellow? MORE LONE BELLOW.

Oh and also Nickel Creek. Because…also…Nickel Creek.

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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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Top 10 Baseball Distactions

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Top 10 Baseball Distactions

Posted on 17 February 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Boxing-Angelo Santana vs. Hank Lundy (Friday 10:45pm from Cleveland live on Showtime); Golf: WGC Accenture Match Play Championship (Wednesday 12pm Thursday & Friday 2pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 12pm live on Golf Channel 2pm live on CBS), Honda LPGA Thailand (Thursday & Friday 9am Saturday 2pm Sunday 1:30pm from Chonburi, Thailand on Golf Channel); Tennis: ATP Tour Delray Beach Open (Tuesday-Thursday 12:30pm Friday 6:30pm Saturday 8:30pm from Delray Beach, FL live on Tennis Channel); Women’s College Basketball: Florida State @ Maryland (Thursday 8:30pm from Comcast Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Maryland @ Georgia Tech (Sunday 4pm from Atlanta live on ESPN2); MISL: Pennsylvania Roar @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:05pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Syracuse Silver Knights @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 6:05pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Baltimore Blast @ Rochester Lancers (Sunday 3pm from Rochester, NY live on YouTube)

10. Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Charm City); Christian Finnegan (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Sebastian Maniscalco (Friday-Sunday DC Improv); 3 Days to Kill” and “Pompeii” out in theaters (Friday)

Christian Finnegan is GREAT. You may remember him as Chad from “The Mad Real World” on Chappelle’s Show…

He’s skinny now. He’s still funny.

9. Kings of Leon/Gary Clark Jr. (Friday 8pm Verizon Center), Justin Timberlake (Monday 8pm Verizon Center); Lady Antebellum (Friday 7pm Patriot Center); The Bridge (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Joe Nichols (Friday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Young The Giant (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Black Joe Lewis (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club), G. Love & Special Sauce (Thursday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bob Weir & Ratdog (Tuesday 6:30pm Lincoln Theatre); Josh Turner (Friday 8pm Strathmore); Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (Saturday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center); Tim Reynolds and TR3 (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Lake Street Dive “Bad Self Portraits” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Every time you forget how freaking great KOL are they do something to quickly remind you.

You could never forget how freaking great GCJ is. NEVER.

I dare you to name five things better than Justin Timberlake’s Pusher Love Girl.

Cris Jacobs is a great Baltimorean.

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UMBC hits road Wednesday night for date at Binghamton

Posted on 28 January 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC Retrievers (6-14, 2-5) head back to the place where their last road victory occured almost exactly one year ago when they face the Binghamton Bearcats  (4-16, 1-6) at the BU Events Center on Wed., Jan. 29. Despite some near misses, UMBC is 0-11 on the road this season and have dropped 15 straight since the 61-58 victory in Vestal on Jan. 30, 2013. The action gets underway at 7:00 p.m. Paul Mittermeier has 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:  For the first time in 2013-14, UMBC led at halftime and prevailed after 40 minutes, as they snapped a three-game slide with a 60-58 victory over Hartford on Saturday. UH did rally from a 13-point deficit at the break to tie the game at 58, but freshman guard Bryan Harris (15 pts.) hit two free throws with 2:14 remaining for the last points of the contest. Classmate Rodney Elliott shared scoring honors with Harris and leads UMBC with 13.9 points per game.

BEARCAT UPDATE: Binghamton has dropped five straight, including a 72-39 setback at Vermont on Sunday. Binghamton trailed, 38-13, at the half, as they converted only 5-of-21 from the floor in the first 20 minutes. Four different Bearcat freshmen have earned America East Rookie-of-the-Week honors this season. The young squad is led by SO G Jordan Reed, who averages 14.1 ppg and 7.8 rpg.

Who’s Up Next: UMBC buses home after the game, spends Thursday in Baltimore, before flying to Bangor on Friday to face Maine on Saturday afternoon (2:00 p.m.).

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Cormier, Jones lead way as Loyola wins G.G. Smith’s debut

Posted on 08 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Cormier, Jones’ Career-Highs Give G.G. Smith First Win

VESTAL, N.Y. – Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) and Jarred Jones (John Carroll) scored 31 and 22 points, respectively, and Loyola University Maryland held off host Binghamton University, 79-74 for the first head coaching win of G.G. Smith’s career on Friday night.

A Cormier free throw with under two minutes to play gave Loyola (1-0 overall) the lead for good, and two late blocks by Jones on Bearcats layups helped seal the win.

Cormier scored 21 of his points in the second half, while Jones distributed his 22 evenly between stanzas.

Jones also had a game-high four blocked shots and team-best seven rebounds for the Greyhounds.

“Dylon and Jarred really carried us for stretches tonight, and Jarred’s two blocks were very big for us because they came at times that Binghamton had what seemed to be good looks,” said Smith, who was promoted on April 12 after six years as an assistant for the Greyhounds. “We have some things to work on, certainly, but it’s always good to get the first one.”

Binghamton led by as many as six in the second half when Yousef Yacob hit a three with 11:45 to play, but Cormier scored the next four points, and Jones tied the game less than two minutes later.

Three-pointers on back-to-back possessions by Binghamton’s Marlon Beck and Yacob gave the Bearcats a 70-65 advantage with 5:05 left, but after a Jones free throw, Cormier knocked down a baseline three at 4:19 to make it a one-point game.

Cormier made 1-of-2 from the free-throw line on Loyola’s next possession to tie the game at 70-70. Loyola would not trail after that point.

A Cormier layup would give the Greyhounds a 72-70 advantage with 3:07 on the clock, but Robert Mansell responded with a layup on the other end, tying the game for Binghamton.

Loyola could not convert offensively on its ensuing possession, and a long rebound led to a fast-break opportunity for the Bearcats. Jones, however, sprinted back and swatted a Yacob layup off the glass, denying Binghamton the lead.

The Bearcats did, however, get the offensive rebound, but Eric Laster came up with a steal for Loyola, leading to a Cormier breakaway. He was fouled hard, though, by Mansell and made 1-of-2 at the line, putting Loyola up by one, 73-72.

Again, Binghamton had a layup attempt on its next possession, this time by Beck, but Jones’ weak-side block preserved the lead again for Loyola.

This time, Denzel Brito came down with the rebound for Loyola, and after the Greyhounds worked 30 seconds off the game clock, Jones hit a running jumper to make it a 75-72 Loyola lead.

Nick Madray, who had 22 in his collegiate debut for Binghamton, made a pair of free throws to cut it back to one with 59.4 seconds left, but Cormier was fouled on his way to the basket with 31 ticks on the clock, and the senior guard capitalized with both from the stripe.

Binghamton called a timeout with 28 seconds left, but after a shot-fake, Mansell’s three went long, and Brito grabbed his sixth rebound of the game, was fouled and made two sealing free throws.

Cormier and Brio each came up with six rebounds, as the Greyhounds outrebounded Binghamton, 37-32. Fifteen of Loyola’s boards came on the offensive glass.

Binghamton took a quick lead, scoring the game’s first seven points, and the Bearcats stretched it to nine, 17-8, on two Jordan Reed free throws 6:26 into the first half.

Loyola, however, scored the next seven points to cut it to a pair on Nick Gorski’s first collegiate points, and while Binghamton pushed it back to five on a traditional 3-point play by Mandray, Loyola tied it at 24-24 with 6:55 on the clock.

A 7-0 run in the next 90 seconds, capped by a Cormier basket, pushed the Greyhounds up 31-26, a lead that would be trimmed to one, 37-36, at halftime.

Reed, a Preseason All-America East First Team player, led the Bearcats with 23 points and nine rebounds.

The Greyhounds continue their season-opening road trip on Sunday, November 10, in Ithaca, N.Y., where they will face Cornell University at 4 p.m.

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