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.
Men’s Basketball Opens Three-Game Homestand Versus UNH on Wednesday
UNH at UMBC, 2-5-14
The UMBC Retrievers (7-15, 3-6 America East) open their second three-game America East home-stand when they welcome New Hampshire (5-16, 3-5) to the RAC Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier have the call, streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC’s furious rally from a 24-point deficit came up just short on Saturday, as the Retrievers dropped an 83-80 decision at Maine. The setback snapped a modest two-game winning streak for the Retrievers. Three of UMBC’s six AE losses have occured by a total nine points. FR G Rodney Elliott (14.3 ppg) earned his fourth America East Rookie of the Week honor, after averaging 17.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg last week. SR F Chase Plummer, who scored 23 points versus Maine, is now ninth on UMBC’s all-time lists in both scoring (1,266 pts.) and rebounding (643).
WILDCAT UPDATE: New Hampshire suffered a 68-60 home loss to conference opponent Maine on Wednesday, Jan. 29th, ending their two-game winning streak. They are led by red-shirt SR C Chris Pelcher, who was named America East Co-Player of the Week January 27th. Pelcher, who missed 11 games earlier this season due to injury, has averaged a double-double in New Hampshire’s previous three contests with 12.3 points and 10.0 caroms per game. Freshman forward Frank Okeke is coming off a clinical shooting performance, nailing 4-of-5 treys in New Hampshire’s last game.
Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers continue the homestand when they welcome UMass Lowell to the RAC Arena on Saturday afternoon (2:00 p.m.).
SET THE SCENE: The UMBC Retrievers (5-14, 1-5) try to salvage the final game of a three-game homestand when they face the Hartford Hawks (10-11, 4-2) on Hall of Fame Day at the RAC Arena. The Saturday, Jan. 25 nightcap of a hoops doubleheader gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Gary Stein and Troy Green have 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: UMBC played the two undefeated teams in America East, Vermont and Stony Brook, in a span of three days, and dropped both decisions. The Retrievers are mired in a shooting slump – the squad has not surpassed 40 percent shooting from the floor in the last five games. FR G Rodney Elliott (13.8 ppg) has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 games, while SR F Chase Plummer coming off a 21-point effort versus Stony Brook.
HAWK UPDATE: Taylor Dyson’s short baseline jumper as he fell to the floor with 2.3 seconds left boosted Hartford to a 56-54 victory over Binghamton on Thursday night. Wes Cole led the Hawks (10-11, 4-2 America East) with 24 points, and the junior guard has buried 18 treys in his last two outings. JR F Mark Nwakamma leads UH in scoring (15.2) and rebounding (6.0). Hartford has won three straight, two of which have been on the road and the Hawks are 5-6 in road games in 2013-14.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC hits the road next week for contests at Binghamton (Jan. 29) and at Maine (Feb .1).
BALTIMORE - On Monday, Stony Brook will try to accomplish something it’s never done – win its first five America East games. The Seawolves are 4-0 for the third straight season and now they’ll go for five Monday afternoon against UMBC at RAC Arena. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 with Eric Frede and Frank Sullivan.
The Seawolves have won 10 straight games in conference.
Stony Brook Seawolves (12-6, 4-0 America East) Head Coach: Steve Pikiell, ninth season Overall Record: 137-150 Record at SBU: 132-132
UMBC Retrievers (5-13, 1-4 America East) Head Coach: Aki Thomas, second season Overall Record: 13-36 Record at UMBC: same
About the Game
Stony Brook returns to the court less than 48 hours after its last game as its plays at UMBC.
This is the 24th all-time meeting, and the Seawolves lead the all-time series 15-8. They are 6-4 at the RAC and have won their last four appearances here. Stony Brook has won 10 straight meetings.
This is a matchup of the top two offensive rebounding teams in the conference (UMBC – 12.7/game, SB – 11.8/game).
Stony Brook is in a tie with Vermont for first place (4-0) through the first quarter of the conference schedule.
Redshirt freshman Ahmad Walker is coming off his best performance of the year, scoring 18 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing three assists vs. UMass Lowell.
Picked to finish sixth in America East, the Retrievers are currently tied for eighth with Maine at 1-4 and were a basket away from a second victory.
UMBC’s offense has been strong all season, but has dipped in the last two games, scoring just 42 at New Hampshire and 47 at home vs. Vermont. Prior to those two games, UMBC was averaging 69.8 points a game.
UMBC has played five overtime games this season, including four straight games back in November. The team is 2-3 when going to OT this season.
Freshman Rodney Elliott has carried UMBC by averaging 13.8 points and 3.3 assists while shooting 45.7% from the field.
Former All-America East forward Chase Plummer is averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds off the bench.
If Stony Brook Wins…
Stony Brook will improve to 5-0 in America East for the first time ever.
The Seawolves will extend their conference winning streak to 11 straight games, dating back to Feb. 2013.
Stony Brook will extend their winning streak over UMBC to 11 games.
In-state rivals UMBC and UMES meet for the first time since 2005 in the Retrievers’ final home game prior to four straight on the road. The game also features teacher versus student as former UMBC assistant and Howard head coach Frankie Allen returns to the RAC Arena to match up against his former player/assistant Aki Thomas. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: After playing an NCAA-record tying four consecutive overtime games, UMBC (2-5) has shot under 30 percent from the floor combined in losses at Navy and Towson. Senior wing Chase Plummer scored in double figures for the fifth consecutive game at Towson on Nov. 26 and led the visitors with 17 points. He needs two points to become the 15th Retriever to score 1,100 in a career. Freshman guard Rodney Elliott continues to lead the Retrievers in scoring, now at 13.4 points per game.
HAWK UPDATE: UMES (2-3) is 2-0 at home and 0-3 on the road this season. In their last outing, the Hawks dropped a 67-59 decision at Navy on Nov. 26. Guards KyRee Jones (18.3 ppg) and Hakeem Baxter (15.0 ppg) form a dynamic backcourt. Jones, who led UMES with 16 points at Navy, has buried 14 treys in four outings to date. UMES defeated Mount St. Mary’s, 78-71 on Nov. 20.
A LOOK BACK: The last time these teams met, current assistant coach and then-senior forward John Zito posted scored 23 points and added 14 rebounds as host UMBC opened the 2005-06 season with a 75-65 win over Maryland Eastern Shore. Zito had secured his third career double-double by halftime with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
UMES took its final lead at 42-41 on an Antonio McMillion three-pointer with 13:41 to play. But then UMBC went on a decisive 14-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 55-42 lead with 9:34 to play. Current assistant coach and then freshman guard Jay Greene made his UMBC debut Greene by tallying 16 points, including 10-of-10 from the charity stripe, all in the second half.
UMES head coach Frankie Allen spent three years on the bench at UMBC, culminating in the Retrievers’ NCAA appearance in the 2007-08 season. Allen and Aki Thomas shared the sidelines that season as Thomas made his debut on the coaching staff during that historic run for the Retrievers.
UP NEXT: UMBC has a busy week, travelling to Pittsburgh for a Dec. 4 match-up at Duquesne, before heading back to Pennsylvania for a Dec. 7 contest at Lehigh.