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UMBC tabbed to finish sixth in preseason America East hoops poll

Posted on 16 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Vermont Tabbed America East Men’s Basketball Preseason Favorite by Coaches

 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Returning all five starters from a team that won 21 games a year ago, University of Vermont is America East’s preseason favorite in men’s basketball for the 2013-14 season as the league’s preseason poll was unveiled Wednesday afternoon. The poll results were determined via a vote by the conference’s nine head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own team.

Vermont garnered six of a possible eight first-place votes and 64 points to be tabbed the preseason favorite for the second-straight season. Stony Brook University, last year’s regular-season champion, followed in second place, receiving the other three first-place tallies and 58 points. Reigning league champion University at Albany was third with 49 points, followed closely by University of Hartford in fourth with 44 points. University of New Hampshire was fifth with 31 points, followed by UMBC in sixth with 28 points. Binghamton University (24 points), University of Maine (20 points) and UMass Lowell (8) rounded out the nine-team poll.

The 2013-14 season begins on November 8 with full-scale America East play starting on January 4. Conference positioning will prove key for the America East Championship, which the top two seeds have won in 29 of the last 31 years. The tournament, which is combined men and women for the fifth-straight year, will head to SEFCU Arena for quarterfinal and semifinal round action March 8-9 while the title game will be hosted by the highest remaining seed on March 15. The winner will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, in which America East teams have won seven games all-time.

Vermont (21-12 in 2012-13), one of five America East teams to appear in the postseason (CBI) last year, returns nine contributors and all five starters from a program that reached the America East title game for the eighth time in 11 seasons in 2012-13. The Catamounts were led by their defense a year ago, holding foes to just 59.2 points per game, which ranked 28th nationally. Senior forward Brian Voelkel was a major reason for that as the preseason all-conference selection earned first-team All-America East and All-Defensive honors after ranking second in rebounds (8.6 rpg) and assists (4.9 apg). Offensively, the Catamounts will rely on senior Clancy Rugg (11.7 ppg in 12-13), a second-team all-leaguer last year, and senior Luke Apfeld (10.7 ppg). UVM opens play vs. St. Joseph’s on Nov. 9.

Stony Brook (25-8) captured its third America East regular-season crown in four years last season and seeks its first-ever league title and NCAA berth this season. The Seawolves bring back eight letterwinners, including four starters, from a squad that beat UMass in the first round of the NIT last year. Leading the way are preseason all-conference selections Jameel Warney, the reigning America East Rookie of the Year, and senior Dave Coley, a third-team All-Conference choice last year. Stony Brook will look to continue its dominance on the defensive end of the floor this season after ranking sixth nationally in field goal percentage defense (.378) and 13th in scoring defense (57.5 papg) last year. The Seawolves begin play at home against Marist on Nov. 8

Albany (24-11) finished fifth in the America East standings last year but ran off three-straight wins in March to become the lowest-seeded team to ever win the league title, its third since 2006. The Great Danes return eight letterwinners and three starters from that team, including junior Sam Rowley, who averaged 9.0 points and 6.5 boards per game and upped those averages to 11.1 and 7.6, respectively, in conference play. Also back is sophomore Peter Hooley, an America East All-Rookie choice last year. The longest tenured head coach in the league, Will Brown, begins his 13th season at Albany, which opens its season at Siena onNov. 8.

Hartford (17-14) is coming off one of its best seasons in its history, finishing one win shy of its Division high-water mark. Junior Mark Nwakamma, a first-team All-America East selection and preseason all-leaguer this year, will lead a team that lost just one contributor from a year ago and returns all five starters. Along with Nwakamma (14.7 ppg), junior Yolonzo Moore (9.2 ppg, 2.6 apg), will be key for the Hawks, who open with Quinnipiac in the Connecticut 6 Classic on Nov. 9.

New Hampshire (9-20) is looking to improve on an eighth-place finish from 2012-13. Six newcomers will join nine returnees, led by senior Patrick Konan, who ranked in league’s top 15 in both scoring (12th – 11.8 ppg) and rebounding (15th – 5.4 rpg) last year. Senior Chris Pelcher (9.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg) teams with Konan to help form one of the better front courts in the conference. Bill Herrion’s squad starts its season at home against Suffolk on Nov. 9.

UMBC (8-23) begins its first full season under Aki Thomas, who served the majority of the 2012-13 season as the acting head coach. Senior Chase Plummer, the league’s active-leading scoring with 1,013 points, leads seven returning letterwinners and three starters after averaging 11.8 points and 6.4 rebounds a year ago, good for 11th and seventh in America East, respectively. The Retrievers kick off their 2013-14 season at Arizona State on Nov. 8.

Binghamton (3-27) is poised to improve this season under second-year head coach Tommy Dempsey. Preseason all-conference choice Jordan Reed will lead the Bearcats after pacing the league in rebounding (9.5 rpg) and ranking second in scoring (16.6 ppg) last year. Among the eight returning letterwinners is junior Robert Mansell, the team’s leading scorer from 2011-12, who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Binghamton opens with Loyola on Nov. 8

Maine (11-19) lost a pair of All-America East performers off last year’s team but returns five letterwinners to go with seven newcomers this season. Junior Xavier Pollard  (9.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.3 apg) is the top returnee for Ted Woodward’s Black Bears, who start their season at their new facility, the Cross Insurance Center, vs. Fisher on Nov. 10.

UMass Lowell (15-13 Division II) is entering its first season as a Division I program under first-year head coach and former Northeastern and Boston College assistant Pat Duquette. Nine letterwinners return for the River Hawks, who usher in a new era at Michigan on Nov. 8.

2013-14 Preseason Poll
Rank    Team (1st-place votes)        Points
1.          Vermont (6)                                      64
2.          Stony Brook (3)                                 58
3.          Albany                                              49
4.          Hartford                                           44
5.          New Hampshire                                  31
6.          UMBC                                               28
7.          Binghamton                                       24
8.          Maine                                               20
9.          UMass Lowell                                8

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UMBC welcomes Albany Wednesday for “RAC in Black” night

Posted on 06 February 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC plays two of the top three teams in America East this week, as they welcome Albany and then Vermont to the RAC Arena. The Retrievers meet the Great Danes on Wed., Feb. 6 with a tip time of 7:05 p.m. Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier handle broadcast duties, all UMBC home basketball games are streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

UMBC will be clad in its traditional black road uniforms for the 7th annual “RAC in Black” promotion.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (4-5, 6-16) is riding its first two-game winning streak since 2010-11 with back-to-back nail-biting victories over Binghamton and Maine last week. SR G Brian Neller was named America East Player of the Week after scoring a season-high 18 points vs. the Bearcats and hitting the game-winning trey with 0.5 seconds remaining vs. the Black Bears. JR F Chase Plummer leads UMBC with 13.2 ppg in league play, while SR G Ryan Cook is the overall leader at 15.2 points per outing.

GREAT DANE UPDATE:  Albany (6-4, 17-7) just completed a four-game homestand and snapped a three-game slide with a 79-46 thrashing of Binghamton on Feb. 2. SR wing Jayson Guerrier led a resurgent UA attack with 18 points. Albany had averaged just 46.0 points per game in setbacks to Vermont and Stony Brook. SR G Mike Black leads Albany with 15.2 points per game. Albany is 8-2 on the road in 2012-13.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  The Retrievers complete the three-game homestand by entertaining Vermont in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Sat., Feb. 9. Tip-off time is set for 3:30 p.m.

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UMBC opens homestand with visit from Albany Saturday

Posted on 01 February 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC opens a rare three-game America East Conference homestand when they welcome the Maine Black Bears to the RAC Arena on Sat., Feb. 2. The Retrievers are 3-3 in their last six contests, while Maine has dropped five of six since defeating UMBC, 81-66 on Jan. 5 in Orono. Steve Levy will be doing the broadcast, all UMBC home basketball games are streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (3-5, 5-16) completed the first swing around the league at 3-5 after defeating Binghamton, 61-58 in Vestal, N.Y. on Wednesday. JR F Chase Plummer scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and SR G Brian Neller made six three-pointers to lead the Retrievers to their first road victory of the season. Plummer, who added 10 rebonds vs. the Bearcats, has double-doubles in back-to-back games, while Neller leads the AEC with  3.5 treys per outing.

 

BLACK BEAR UPDATE:  Maine (3-5, 8-13) came up with a big 71-68 win over Vermont on Jan. 22, but have dropped games to Stony Brook (79-69) and UNH (57-54) since that victory. JR F Alasdair Fraser (13.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg) scored 20 points and added eight caroms to lead a Maine rally vs. UNH which fell just short. High-flying SO G Justin Edwards leads America East in scoring at 17.0 points per game.

 

WHO’S UP NEXT:  The Retrievers welcome Albany to the RAC Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 6. Tip-off time is set for 7:05 p.m.

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UMBC pays visit to Binghamton Wednesday night

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC completes the first half of America East play when they travel to Vestal, N.Y. to take on the Binghamton Bearcats. Tip-off time at the BU Events Center is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3, with Ed Cohen and Frank Sullivan describing the action.

 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Despite a torrid shooting display by visiting UMBC, the Boston University Terriers outscored the Retrievers, 81-75 at Case Gymnasium on Saturday. The Retrievers hit season highs in both field goal percentage (31-of-59, 52.5%) and 3-point field goals (12), but the Terriers converted on 19-of-31 shots from the floor in the second half to outlast UMBC (2-5, 4-16).  JR F Chase Plummer recorded a double-double, scoring 19 points and adding 11 caroms for UMBC.

 

BEARCAT UPDATE:  Binghamton snapped a 12-game losing streak and picked up a road win with a 57-56 victory at Maine on Jan. 19. The Bearcats could not make it back-to-back victories as they fell, 63-45 vs. UNH on Jan. 26. FR G Jordan Reed has earned America East Rookie of the Week honors on three occasions in 2012-12. He leads BU and is third in America East at 15.8 points per game.  SR G Jimmy Gray avearges 10.9 ppg and hits 2.3 treys per game.

 

WHO’S UP NEXT:  The Retrievers open a three-game homestand by welcoming Maine to the RAC Arena on Sat., Feb. 2. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.

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UMBC welcomes Hartford to RAC Arena Wednesday

Posted on 15 January 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC looks to continue to protect its home court in league play on Wed., Jan. 16 when they host the Hartford Hawks. The Retrievers have played three of its first four America East games on the road and won its lone home game over UNH one week ago. Tip-off time at the RAC Arena is set for 7:05 p.m. with Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier on the call. All UMBC home basketball games are streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (1-3, 3-14) could not sustain a mid-game rally and the Retrievers fell to America East defending champion, Vermont, 68-53, at Patrick Gym. JR F Chase Plummer led the visitors with 17 points.  SR G Ryan Cook (team-high 15.8 ppg) was held to four points and had his double-figures streak snapped at a career-high 11 straight. SR G Brian Neller is 9-of-21 from behind the arc in his last three outings.

HAWK UPDATE:  Hartford opened league play at 3-0 before falling, 73-59 at Stony Brook on Saturday. The Hawks fell behind, 37-18, at the half. FR G Evan Cooper led Hartford with 18 points vs. the Seawolves. SO F Mark Nwakamma leads the Hawks in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.2 rpg). Hartford has hit 141 3-point field goals on the season and only allowed 82.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  The Retrievers have a weekend bye before hosting first-place Stony Brook on Wed., Jan. 23 at 7:00 p.m.

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UMBC looks for first conference win Wednesday against UNH

Posted on 08 January 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s basketball team plays at home for the first time since Dec. 12 and opens the home portion of its America East Conference schedule on Wed., Jan. 9 when they host the New Hampshire Wildcats. The road time has won five of the last six meetings between UMBC and UNH. The opening tap is slated for 7:05 p.m. Streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Host Maine shot a blistering 58.5 percent from the floor and withstood a late Retriever rally to win their fourth straight, defeating visiting UMBC, 81-66, at Alfond Arena on Jan. 5. JR F Chase Plummer scored 14 points off the bench to lead UMBC (0-2, 2-13), which is in the midst of an eight-game slide. SR G Ryan Cook leads UMBC with 16.2 ppg and has scored in double figures in ten straight games.

WILDCAT UPDATE:  New Hampshire (0-2, 4-10) has lost five consecutive games since a 64-58 win over Yale on Dec. 8. Most recently, UNH fell, 65-49, to league favorite Stony Brook on Jan. 5. SR F Ferg Myrick  leads four Wildcats in double figures with 15.4 points per game and has scored 20 or more points in three of UNH’s last six outings. JR C Chris Pelcher (10.6 ppg, team-high 7.3 rpg) is one of the league’s top rebounders and is shooting 53 percent from the floor.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  The Retrievers head back out on the road to face a red-hot Vermont squad on Sat., Jan. 12.

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UMBC hosts American Thursday at RAC Arena

Posted on 06 December 2012 by WNST Staff

For the sixth consecutive season, the UMBC men’s basketball team will face American University. The Eagles have won three of the previous five meetings, including the last two. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. All home basketball games are streamed with full play-by-play audio in HD on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (2-6) cut a 19-point first half deficit to as few as six points in the second half, but host George Mason hung on for a 74-63 victory at the Patriot Center on Dec. 4. Brett Roseboro led a balanced attack with 14 points. Chase Plummer scored all 13 of his points in the second half and Ryan Cook also tallied all 12 of his points in the final 20 minutes. Cook leads the squad with 16.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg, while Roseboro has scored 46 points in his last three outings.

EAGLE UPDATE: American (3-5) took on cross-town rival Howard at Burr Gymnasium on Dec. 4, but lost a close decision, 55-50. SR F Stephen Lumpkins just neared a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds. AU has dropped three of its last four and are 1-4 on the road to date Lumpkins leads the squad in scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.3) and is shooting 55.3% from the floor. SO G John Schoof has hit 15-of-26 shots from behind the arc.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC travels to Norfolk State for a contest with the 2011-12 NCAA Championship second round participants on Sun., Dec. 9 at 4:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on   Q1370/www.q1370.com.

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UMBC, Towson meeting for 54th time in series history

Posted on 30 November 2012 by WNST Staff

In its 46-year varsity basketball history, the Towson Tigers are UMBC’s most frequently-contested opponent and the two squads will meet for the 54th time on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the RAC Arena. Tipoff time is set for 7:00 p.m. (EST)  and the game will be streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

 

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  Visiting Canisius scored the last nine points of the first half and opened the second half on a 9-1 run to break open a close game and proceed to defeat UMBC, 83-65 at the RAC Arena on Thursday. SR G Ryan Cook (16.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg) led UMBC with 16 points, while JR C Brett Roseboro posted a career-high 13 points in the setback. UMBC has dropped four straight and is -36 in rebounding in those losses.

 

TIGER UPDATE:  Towson competed in the 2012 Comfort Suites Invitational where they won three out of four games, including a victory over Radford (75-67).  JR F Jerrelle Benimon is the Tigers key threat on offense leading the team with an average of 14.7 points per game. Towson took on the Loyola Greyhounds on Nov. 26., and fell, 65-53. FR G Jerome Hairston led the Tigers with 13 points. Towson has yet to play a home game this season.
MORE IN-SEASON UPDATES

*The loss to Penn was UMBC’s fourth consecutive setback to start a season…The 48 first-half points scored by UMBC was the most in the first 20 minutes by the Retrieves since tallying 49 in a 91-54 win over Stevenson (Md.) on Nov. 15, 2008.

*UMBC snapped a three-game losing streak in home openers, when they defeate Eastern on Nov. 12.

*The Retrievers led the first two games at the half and have led  three of the first four games with 10:00 remaining in regulation.  They have led four of six  games at some point in the second half.

*Brian Neller hit his first four 3-point field goals at Penn, missed his next 13 attempts before hitting four of his final nine vs. Central Connecticut.

*UMBC starting post players of Chase Plummer and Brett Roseboro combined total of one free throw attempted through two games. Plummer attempted 180 (6.0 per game) in 2011-12, the third-highest single-season figure in school history.  He bounced back wtih an 8-of-11 effort at Loyola.

*Both Penn and Loyola hit 50.9 percent from the floor vs. the Retrievers.

*The Retrievers scored 70 points or more in each of the first four games of the season.  The last time they accomplished that feat was in the championship season of 2007-08.  The streak was snapped as UMBC tallied 46 points at Marquette.

*After enjoying healthy rebound margins vs. Penn and Eastern, UMBC was -17 at Loyola, although the Greyhounds were only +3 in second-chance points in the game. The Retrievers are -36 in total rebounds in the current four-game slide.

*UMBC hit ten 3-point field goals (10-of-22) vs. Central Conn. State, burying double figures from behind the arc for the first time since converting in double figures since Jan. 20, 2011 at Hartford. They made 12 in that game and the 10 vs. the Blue Devils halts a streak of 44 straight with single-digit treys.

Ryan Cook and Chase Plummer both recorded double-doubles vs. CCSU, marking the first time a pair of UMBC players stuffed the stat sheet in that manner since Justin Fry and Laurence Joliceour did so vs. VMI on Nov. 14, 2010.

* Central Connecticut had the outright lead over UMBC in approximately five minutes over the final 25 minutes of play.

* UMBC did manage to hold Marquette to a season-low 28 first-half points on Nov. 26 in Milwaukee.

*  UMBC is just 6-of-41 (14.6%) from behind the arc in the last two games.

* UMBC is in the midst of a stretch where they are playing five times in an eight-day span.

* UMBC’s reserves are shooting a combined 53.8 percent (49-of-91) from the floor through six games.
WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC continues its five-game in eight-day stretch on Tues., Dec. 4 when they travel to Fairfax, Va. to take on George Mason. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m. and the game will be televised by MASN-TV.

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UMBC welcomes Canisius to RAC Arena Thursday

Posted on 28 November 2012 by WNST Staff

The Canisius Golden Griffins will visit the RAC Arena for the first time ever when they take on the UMBC Retrievers on Thurs., Nov. 29. The two teams met for the first-time ever in Buffalo last season, when the hosts edged UMBC, 73-66, in the Sears Bracket Buster game. Tipoff time is set for 7:00 p.m. (EST)  and will be streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE:  Chase Plummer scored a team-high 12 points and the visiting Retrievers hung with the Big East’s Marquette Golden Eagles for quite a while before falling, 79-46, at the Bradley Center on Nov. 26.  UMBC held Marquette to its lowest first-half point total of the season and took a brief 31-30 second half lead, but MU scored 51 second-half points en route to victory. UMBC has dropped three in a row.

GRIFFINS UPDATE:  Canisius, under the direction of first-year, but veteran head coach Jim Baron got off to a 3-0 start, before falling, 82-75 at America East’s Stony Brook on Nov. 24. They opened the season with home wins over Boston U. (83-75), St. Bonaventure (72-69) and Buffalo (71-64). SR G Harold Washington and JR G Billy Baron, son of the bench boss, average 17.8 and 17.5 points per game respectively.

 WHO’S UP NEXT:  It’s a quick turnaround for the Retrievers, who must face local foe Towson at the RAC Arena on Sat., Dec. 1. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.

IN-SEASON UPDATES

*The loss to Penn was UMBC’s fourth consecutive setback to start a season…The 48 first-half points scored by UMBC was the most in the first 20 minutes by the Retrieves since tallying 49 in a 91-54 win over Stevenson (Md.) on Nov. 15, 2008.

*UMBC snapped a three-game losing streak in home openers, when they defeate Eastern on Nov. 12.

*The Retrievers led the first two games at the half and have led  three of the first four games with 10:00 remaining in regulation.  They have led four of five games at some point in the second half.

*Brian Neller hit his first four 3-point field goals at Penn, missed his next 13 attempts before hitting four of his final nine vs. Central Connecticut.

*UMBC starting post players of Chase Plummer and Brett Roseboro combined total of one free throw attempted through two games. Plummer attempted 180 (6.0 per game) in 2011-12, the third-highest single-season figure in school history.  He bounced back wtih an 8-of-11 effort at Loyola.

*Both Penn and Loyola hit 50.9 percent from the floor vs. the Retrievers.

*The Retrievers scored 70 points or more in each of the first four games of the season.  The last time they accomplished that feat was in the championship season of 2007-08.  The streak was snapped as UMBC tallied 46 points at Marquette.

*After enjoying healthy rebound margins vs. Penn and Eastern, UMBC was -17 at Loyola, although the Greyhounds were only +3 in second-chance points in the game. UMBC bounced back and was +12 vs. Central Connecticut.

*UMBC hit ten 3-point field goals (10-of-22) vs. Central Conn. State, burying double figures from behnid the arc for the first time since converting in double figures since Jan. 20, 2011 at Hartford. They made 12 in that game and the 10 vs. the Blue Devils halts a streak of 44 straight with single-digit treys.

Ryan Cook and Chase Plummer both recorded double-doubles vs. CCSU, marking the first time a pair of UMBC players stuffed the stat sheet in that manner since Justin Fry and Laurence Joliceour did so vs. VMI on Nov. 14, 2010.

* Central Connecticut had the outright lead over UMBC in appoximately five minutes over the final 25 minutes of play.

* UMBC did manage to hold Marquette to a season-low 28 first-half points on Nov. 26 in Milwaukee.

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UMBC welcomes former conference foe CCSU to RAC Tuesday

Posted on 20 November 2012 by WNST Staff

UMBC (1-2) meets a familiar foe on Tuesday, Nov. 20, when the Retrievers welcome the the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (2-2). Both programs debuted at the NCAA Division I level in 1986-87 and Tuesday’s contest will be the 34th between the Devils and Dawgs. Tipoff time is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will be streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: In UMBC’s last outing, JR F Chase Plummer broke out for 28 points at Loyola (Md.) on Nov. 14, but the hot-shooting Greyhounds held off UMBC, 86-70. SR G Ryan Cook has been in double figures in all three games and leads the squad at 18.0 ppg.

BLUE DEVIL UPDATE: After opening the season with a one-point loss to Fairfield (64-63, ot) and a three-point setback at St. Peter’s, (64-61), CCSU roared back with impressive victories over Brown (86-71) and at LaSalle (81-74) on Nov. 15 and 18. SO G Kyle Vinales (23.3 ppg), the 2012 NEC Rookie of the Year, was named the NEC Player of the Week. Vinales posted three straight 20-plus point outings in Central’s 2-1 week. SO F Adonis Burbage scored a career-high 21 points and hit 7-of-8 from the field, 5-of-6 from three in the win over LaSalle.

Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers travel to Marquette for a contest in Milwaukee on Monday, Nov. 26. The game will be streamed on ESPN3.

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