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.
*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.