This is a bizarre combination of events for sure. Me personally, I’d watch Denzel Washington act his way out of a cardboard box, so I’m excited for Safe House. Of course, there’s no way humanly possible it’s as good as Training Day (language NSFW)…
I don’t know if Eli Manning would be willing to donate his new car to the event at the Convention Center this weekend, but I’d certainly appreciate the opportunity to drool over the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Centennial Edition…
UMBC plays its lone Saturday home date of the conference season when the Retrievers host the Maine Black Bears at the RAC Arena on Feb. 4. The game is the nightcap of a Retriever-Black Bear doubleheader as UMBC celebrates its Hall of Fame Day. Tip-off time is set for 3:30 p.m. All UMBC home basketball games are streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: After an eight-day layoff frrom games, UMBC (2-7, 3-18) got the offense going at Albany, but could not get enough stops vs. the high-powered Great Danes and fell, 87-76. Junior guard Ryan Cook scored a team season-best 28 points. UMBC played without leading scorer Chase Plummer (14.0 ppg), who suffered a concussion earlier in the week and did not make the trip.
BEAR UPDATE: The Black Bears (4-5, 10-10) dropped five straight games after defeatnig UMBC on Jan. 7, but have come back to post victories in their last two outings. Freshman guard Justin Edwards scored 18 points as Maine held off Binghamton, 67-59, in Orono on Jan. 28. Senior guard Gerald McLemore, who scored 29 points in the win over UMBC, leads the team at 17.9 ponits per game. Maine has played UMBC after a bye in both meetings this year.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC starts a busy week by hosting Hartford on Tuesday, then travels to Stony Brook for a Thursday contest before returning home to entertain UNH on Sunday.
UMBC will try to shake off a forgettable performance six days ago against Stony Brook and pull off their fourth consecutive win vs. Hartford at Chase Family Arena when they battle the resurgent Hawks on Tues., Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (1-3, 2-14) had no answers for Stony Brook at the RAC Arena on Jan. 11, as the Seawolves shot nearly 59 percent from the floor in a 89-49 victory. It was the third consecutive loss for UMBC and the third straight game in which they allowed 89 points. Junior guards Ryan Cook (14 pts.) and Brian Neller combined for 27 of UMBC’s 49 points as the hosts did not reach the 33 percent shooting mark.
HAWK UPDATE: Hartford (2-2, 2-14) started the season at 0-13, but has won two of its last three contests in league play. UH used a second-half surge to defeat winless Binghamton, 69-57, on Sunday at the BU Events Center. Senior guard Andres Torres has led the charge, leading UH in all four America East games, averaging 16.5 points in that span. He had a season-high 27 in the 56-49 win over UNH. Hartford attempts 24.8 3-point field goals per game.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC has a quick turnaround, as they return to the RAC Arena to face Binghamton on Thursday, Jan. 19.
Stony Brook has swept the last three season series vs. UMBC and the red-hot Seawolves invade the RAC Arena on Wed., Jan. 11 to battle the Retrievers. Tip-off time is set for 7:05 p.m. All home games are streamed at www.umbcretrievers.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: For the third consecutive game, UMBC (1-2, 2-13) will run into a team on a hot streak as the Retrievers suffered back-to-back losses to Albany and Maine in a three-day stretch last week. UMBC allowed 89 points in each setback. The Retrievers are averaging 72.7 points per game through three league games, paced by Chase Plummer, who averaged 21.7 points per game through the first three AEC contests.
SEAWOLF UPDATE: Stony Brook (3-0, 8-6) has won five consecutive games and are a perfect 7-0 at Pritchard Gymnasium in 2011-12. They snapped a five-game road losing streak with a 60-54 win at BInghamton on Jan. 5, then defeated Albany, 81-68 at Pritchard on Jan. 8. Senior guard Bryan Dougher scored 19 points in that intra-state victory and leads a balanced Seawolves’ attack with 13.6 points per game. Eight different Seawolves have earned or shared game-high scoring honors this season.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC has its first bye of the season this week and will travel to Hartford for a Tuesday evening match-up with the Hawks.
George Lopez is only sorta funny sometimes and while Contraband might be okay I can’t tell you I’m really looking forward to it.
So let’s talk about Restaurant Week. As you know, Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium is one of my personal favorite spots in Baltimore County. What you might not know is that the breakout star of “Monday Night Live” for the 2011 season was the Santa Fe Fries…
I would have taken a picture of a full plate, but there was never a full plate. Never.
UMBC faces an explosive Albany squad as both teams grind through a hectic first week of America East Conference play. Both squads took their league openers on Monday, with the Retrievers winning an 82-76 decision at UNH and Albany defending home turf vs. Hartford, 88-63. Tip-off time is set for 7:05 p.m. at the RAC Arena. All UMBC home games are streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC scored a season-high 82 points, hitting 8-of-12 shots from behind the arc, in Monday’s victory in Durham, N.H. Five Retrievers were in double figures, including sophomore forward Chase Plummer (13.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg) who scored a career-high 23 points against the Wildcats. UMBC continues to rebound well, as they have outboarded 10 of 13 opponents to date.
DANE UPDATE: Albany (9-6, 1-0) has won four of five, including an 88-63 rout of Hartford in their league opener at home on Jan. 2. This is Albany’s third game in Maryland since Dec. 28 with a 83-72 loss at Maryland on that date and a 65-64 win at Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 31. Newcomer junior guard Gerardo Suero is fourth in the nation in scoring, averaging 22.1 points per game. Junior guard Logan Aronhalt (15.1 ppg) averaged 23.5 ppg in two wins over UMBC last season, hitting 9-of-15 shots from behind the arc.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC boards a plane at 11:00 a.m. on Friday and returns north to face a tough Maine squad. Tip time from Alfond Arena is 2:30 p.m on Saturday, Jan. 7.
SET THE SCENE: UMBC will try to follow up its win over local rival Towson on Saturday as they entertain Baltimore neighbor Morgan State at the RAC Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The Retrievers were coming off a nine-day layoff when they took on the Tigers and the Bears have been off since a Dec. 3 contest at Ohio University. Tip-off time is set for 7:05 p.m. All UMBC home basketball games are streamed with multiple cameras and play-by-play on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC used proficient free throw shooting and blue-collar defense down the stretch to post a 62-58 victory at Towson on Dec. 10. The Retrievers (1-7) hit 10 of 12 free throws and got five consecutive stops in the final 2:10 to rally for its first victory of the campaign. Junior guard Ryan Cook, who has posted double figures in his first three games as a Retrievers, led all scorers with 17 points and sophomore forward Chase Plummer recorded a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double.
BEAR UPDATE: Morgan State (0-7) has lost its last four games by a total of 17 points, including a 65-62 loss at USC and, most recently, a 61-53 setback at 5-1 Ohio University. Junior wing DeWayne Jackson (10.7 ppg) led Morgan State at Ohio with 15 points and senior post Kevin Thompson had 13 points and 12 caroms. Thompson leads the squad in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 per game).
Who’s Up Next: UMBC welcomes Rider to the RAC Arena on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 p.m.