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UMBC travels to Annapolis to face Navy Saturday night

Posted on 22 November 2013 by WNST Staff

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

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

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

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

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UMBC looks for 2-1 start Thursday at American

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Non-conference rivals UMBC and American will meet for the seventh consecutive year as the Retrievers and Eagles get together at Bender Arena on Thursday, Nov. 14 for a 7:30 p.m. tip. The game will be televised regionally  by Comcast SportsNet.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Malik Garner shattered his career-highwith 32 points and freshman guard Rodney Elliott hit a late 25-footer to send the game to overtime and the Retrieversprevailed, 84-79, in overtime over Eastern (Pa.) at the RACArena on Monday evening. The victory evened UMBC’s earlyseason slate at 1-1 after a setback at Arizona State (96-61)on Nov. 8.

EAGLE UPDATE: American is coming off an impressive showing in its season-opener at George Mason, holding a lead in Fairfax, Va., into the final fi ve minutes before a late Patriotcomeback edged AU, 63-60 on Nov. 8. The Eagles were led by sophomore guard Jesse Reed who scored a team high 15 points. The season-opener also marked the first game for juniortransfer from Stephen F. Austin State, Darius Gardner.The point guard scored 14 points and dished out a game-high six assists without recording a turnover.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC returns to the RAC Arena on Sunday, Nov. 17 when they welcome in-state rival Mount St. Mary’s. Tip-off time is slated for 2:00 p.m.

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UMBC plays home opener Monday against Eastern (PA)

Posted on 10 November 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s basketball team opens the 2013-14 schedule as they host Eastern (Pa.) University on Monday, Nov. 11 at the RAC Arena. It is the second consecutive year that good friends Aki Thomas and former Retriever assistant Nate Stewart will be on opposite sidelines to open UMBC’s home schedule. UMBC defeated the Eagles, 70-52, on Nov. 12, 2012, as senior post Brett Roseboro and sophomore wing Malik Garner each contributed 10 points .The game is the nightcap of a hoops doubleheader versus Eastern and will tip at 7:30 p.m.

In the season opener on Nov. 8, the Retrievers battled Pac-12 Arizona State competitively for 30 minutes, but could not overcome late game shooting woes and fell, 96-61, at Wells Fargo Arena. Freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) got the start for an injured Quentin Jones at the point guard slot and co-led a balanced UMBC offense with 12 points. Sophomore Malik Garner also scored a career-high 12. Roseboro led UMBC with nine rebounds.

This will be the first contest of the season for Eastern. The Eagles were 6-19 a season ago (not counting the loss to UMBC). Guard Anthony Parenti averaged a team-best 10.5 points per game for Eastern a year ago. Eastern averaged 61.5 points per game and permitted 69.8 a season ago.

UMBC meets American in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Nov. 14 and returns home to welcome Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday, Nov. 17.

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Jones, Garner named UMBC hoops captains

Posted on 07 October 2013 by WNST Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  (Oct. 7, 2013)

UMBC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Aki Thomas has tabbed senior Quentin Jones (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and sophomore Malik Garner (Philadelphia, Pa./Chestnut Hill Academy) as Retriever co-captains for the 2013-14 season.

Jones will be earning his third letter after transferring to UMBC from Wallace (Ala.) State. The 6’0”, 185-lb. guard walked onto the program in the fall of 2011 and competed in 24 games, earning 11 starts, in his first season. In 2012-13, Jones suffered an ankle injury while competing versus Eastern (Pa.) University on Nov. 12 and did not dress for the next eight contests.

Jones earned his first start of the season on Jan. 9 and started the final 16 games of the campaign. The point guard committed zero turnovers or just one miscue in seven of the final 11 games of the regular season. He ranked tenth in America East Conference games in assists per outing (2.7).

Through 43 career contests for the Retrievers, Jones averages 3.4 points and 1.9 assists per outing. He earned a scholarship for his senior season at UMBC.

“Q is very mature beyond his years and is consistent on and off of the court,” said Thomas. “ He is a true leader by example and a good teammate.  As a coach, it is a luxury to have a player with these qualities at the point guard position.”

Garner competed in all 31 contests and was honored as the team’s Unsung Hero after his freshman campaign in 2012-13. He averaged 2.9 points and 2.8 rebounds in 18.3 minutes played per contest. The versatile 6’6”, 220-lb. competed at both the wing and post positions during his initial season.

Garner excelled in the America East Tournament, amassing 52 minutes of playing time and hauling down a team-best seven rebounds in the 69-62 quarterfinal upset of Hartford.

“Malik’s attention to detail, commitment, and character are his best attributes.  He works extremely hard in the classroom and on the court, making him a perfect fit for this role on our team,” said Thomas.

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