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UMBC’s Elliott to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

Posted on 04 December 2014 by WNST Staff

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BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, it was announced today by head coach Aki Thomas.

In addition, freshman forward Lamell Washington (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) will also miss the 2014-15 season after undergoing surgery last month on his knee.

Both players will apply for medical hardship waivers to retain three and four years of athletic eligibility respectively.

Elliott, the 2013-14 America East Rookie of the Year, suffered the shoulder injury in the opening contest of the season at Akron and has not appeared in any games since Nov. 14. The Baltimore native averaged 15.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a freshman and also led the team in assists (108). His total of 451 points in 2013-14 set a new school record.

“Losing a player like Rodney clearly impacts what we do on both ends of the floor,” said head coach Aki Thomas. “But I am very confident in the guys we have and their abilities to step up for this team.”

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UMBC G Elliott named finalist for National Freshman of the Year award

Posted on 01 April 2014 by WNST Staff

BOSTON, MA – UMBC guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) has been named a finalist for the 2014 Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year award, as announced by CollegeInsider.com on March 31.

The finalists include Deandre Bembry (St. Joseph’s), Myles Davis (Xavier), James Daniel (Howard), Rodney Elliott (UMBC), Joel Embiid (Kansas), Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Shannon Evans (Buffalo), Kahlil Felder (Oakland), Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Khallid Hart  (Marist), Vincent Hunter (UTEP), Rysheed Jordan (St. John’s), Tim Kempton (Lehigh), E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island), Jordan Mickey (LSU), Jabari Parker (Duke), London Perrantes (Virginia), Cameron Payne (Murray State), Bobby Portis (Arkansas), Julius Randle (Kentucky), Jonathan Starks (Tulane), Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina), Noah Vonleh (Indiana), Paul Watson (Fresno), Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) and Marquis Wright (Siena).

Elliott became UMBC’s first men’s basketball player to earn Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 11 league seasons. The son of former Maryland Terrapin standout Rodney Elliott, Sr. earned Rookie-of-Week honors a UMBC-record five times during the 2013-14 campaign. He finished the year as the leading scorer amongst all league freshmen with 15.0 points per game, which was the fifth-best overall figure in the conference. In addition, Elliott was fourth in America East in assists (3.6), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0), and eighth in steals (1.3).

The 6’0” point guard became UMBC’s second NCAA Division I player and America East’s lone competitor this season to record 400 points (451), 100 rebounds (118) and 100 assists (108) in a season. The first-year player’s 451 points scored in the most by a freshman in UMBC’s 27 years of NCAA Division I competition.

Elliott was just selected as the America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, UMBC’s first in the eight-year history of the award and the first Retriever freshman in any sport to earn the selection.

The Kyle Macy award is presented annually to the top freshman in Division I college basketball. The 1975 Indiana “Mr. Basketball” played his freshman season at Purdue University. Macy averaged 13.8 points a game as a freshman, while leading the Boilermakers in free throws, shooting .859 percent from the line on the season. He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record.

After playing his freshman year at Purdue, Macy transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976. He started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player, Macy was a member of Kentucky’s 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.

The winner of the 2014 Macy award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

CollegeInsider.com has been covering online sports almost as long as online sports coverage has existed.  CI migrated from a print format to the web in 1996 and the following year the first Coaches Columns appeared on the site.  These columns gave fans the opportunity to hear from a host of Division I coaches in a more relaxed, free form environment and were an immediate hit. Over the years, CI has consistently provided some of the most compelling print material on the Web, helping to bring fans of college hoops closer to the game they love.  The site has continued to evolve, providing even greater access to the game across a host of platforms.

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UMBC G Elliott named America East Rookie of the Year

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Albany, N.Y.- UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) was named America East Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie-of-the-Year, in a unanimous vote by the league’s head coaches.

Elliott, UMBC’s first men’s basketball player to earn Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 11 league seasons, was also selected to the America East Third Team and to the All-Rookie squad.

The Baltimore native earned Rookie-of-Week honors a UMBC-record five times during the 2013-14 campaign. He is the leading scorer amongst all league freshmen with 14.9 points per game, the fourth-best overall figure in the conference, and is second in scoring average in league games at 15.4 points per contest.

In addition, Elliott is fourth in America East in assists (3.5), sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0), eighth in steals (1.3) and tenth in field goal percentage (45.3%).

The Baltimore native is the program’s first Rookie-of-the-Year in any league since Kennedy Okafor earned Big South Conference honors in his freshman season of 1997-98.

He became UMBC’s second NCAA Division I player (and first freshman) to record 400 points (433), 100 rebounds (115) and 100 assists (102) in a season.  His current total of 433 points is third amongst all freshmen in school history, just one point behind Rich Giddens’ 434 (1997-98) and 17 behind Peter Mulligan, who amassed 450 points in the 2000-01 campaign.

Elliott has already set a UMBC freshman record for free throws made in a season (120), and has the fourth-most assists of any Retriever first-year player.

Eliott was just selected as the America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, UMBC’s first in the eight-year history of the award and the first Retriever freshman in any sport to earn the selection.

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UMBC opens America East Tournament Saturday against Albany

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The fifth-seeded UMBC men’s basketball team opens competition in its 11th America East Men’s Basketball Championship when the Retrievers face No. 4 seed and host Albany on Saturday, March 8 at UA’s SEFCU Arena. The contest is the second quarterfinal game of four on the day, as top-seeded Vermont kicks off the afternoon by taking on No. 8 New Hampshire at noon. The No. 5 seed is UMBC’s highest since the 2007-08 team earned the No. 1 seed and went on to take the title. The two squads split a pair of thrilling contests this season, with Albany winning, 73-72, in double overtime at SEFCU on Jan. 8 and the Retrievers getting a last-second tip-in from Quentin Jones and triumphing, 71-69 at the RAC Arena on Feb. 12. Paul Mittermeier and Dan Levin have all the play-by-play action and video streaming is available via ESPN3.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC achieved its most victories (9) since the 2008-09 season, but its last victory came versus Albany on Feb. 12 and the Retrievers enter the tournament tying a season-high with four consecutive setbacks. Three of those losses occurred on the road, including a 67-56 loss at Hartford on March 2. FR G Rodney Elliott (14.9 ppg), selected as the AE Fans’ Choice Player of the Year, scored 21 points versus the Hawks, posting 20 or more for the seventh time in his initial campaign. The Retrievers have enjoyed great tournament success at SEFCU Arena, posting a 3-1 record in the 2009 and 2013 championships.

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Albany could have clinched the No. 3 seed in the tournament with a win at Stony Brook on March 2, but dropped a hard-fought 73-68 decision. The setback snapped a three-game win streak for the Danes, which started after their loss at UMBC. SO G Peter Hooley, who scored 21 second-half points in the Danes’ setback to the Retrievers, leads the squad with 14.8 points per game and is the league’s most-proficient free throw shooter (132/150, 88.0 percent). Three other Danes average in double figures, including JR F Sam Rowley (11.3), who leads the team with 6.8 caroms per game. UA is 9-3 on its home floor and 7-1 versus America East foes in 2013-14.

WHO’S UP NEXT: Should the Retrievers advance, they would face the winner of the No. 1 Vermont vs. No. 8 UNH contests in the first semifinal on Sunday, March 9 at 5:02 p.m.

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UMBC G Elliott named America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year

Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The 2013-14 America East Fans’ Choice Players of the Year were unveiled on Tuesday after over 3,000 fans placed their vote on the conference’s Facebook page.

UMBC’s Rodney Elliott and Hartford’s Alyssa Englert earned Fans’ Choice Player of the Year awards, with Elliott taking the men’s award and Englert earning the women’s trophy

One of the top freshmen in the America East this season, Elliott earned 478 of the 1,535 (31%) of the total votes that were cast by fans “Liking” or “Sharing” the rookies photo on the conference Facebook page. He edged out Vermont’s Brian Voelkel, who had 332 total votes. Elliott leads all freshmen and ranks fourth in the conference, averaging 14.9 points per game. He is a five-time Rookie of the Week selection and averages a team-best 3.5 assists per game.

Englert, a senior guard, received 542 of the 2,047 total votes to edge out UMBC’s Sara Tarbert by just over 100 votes. The senior has started in 24 games for the Hawks and ranks eighth in the conference during league play with 3.4 assists per game. She has also been a star off the court and was the first America East student-athlete named to the WBCA Allstate Good Works team, a distinction awarded to only five Division I basketball players in the country.

Nine nominees (one from each school) were named to each ballot on Feb. 26. Over 3,500 fans voted for the awards on the league’s Facebook page through 3 p.m. on March 4. 

All-Time Fans’ Choice Player of the Year Winners
Men

2013-14 – Rodney Elliott, UMBC
2012-13 – Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook
2011-12 – Brian Dougher, Stony Brook
2010-11 – Evan Fjeld, Vermont
2009-10 – Marqus Blakely, Vermont
2008-09 – D.J. Rivera, Binghamton
2007-08 – Brian Lillis, Albany
2006-07 – Mike Trimboli, Vermont

Women
2013-14 – Alyssa Englert, Hartford
2012-13 – Amber Bepko, Hartford
2011-12 – Dani Klupenger, Stony Brook
2010-11 – Kerry Cashman, Boston U.
2009-10 – May Kotsopoulos, Vermont
2008-09 – Christine Kinneary, Boston U.
2007-08 – Danielle Hood, Hartford
2006-07 – Katie Meinhardt, Boston U.

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UMBC concludes regular season Sunday at Hartford

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

UMBC (9-19, 5-10 America East) plays its final game of the 2013-14 regular season when the Retrievers travel to West Hartford, Conn. to take on Hartford (15-15, 9-6) at the Chase Family Arena on Sunday, March 2.

A win would guarantee the Retrievers the fifth seed in next weekend’s America East Tournament, its highest seed since the championship season of 2007-08. UMBC could finish fifth, sixth or seventh with a setback. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m. Gary Stein has all the play-by-play action on Q1370 AM (www.q1370.com) and video streaming is available via the America East digital network.   

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC played its seventh league game which was decided by six points or less versus Binghamton on Feb. 22 and dropped a 72-70 decision to the Bearcats. The Retrievers, now 3-4 in those close contests, rallied from an 18-point second half deficit and took a brief late lead, but two missed free throws and a pair of offline last-second attempts sent the squad to its third straight loss. FR G Rodney Elliott (14.7 ppg) became the third UMBC DI freshman to surpass the 400-point plateau as he led UMBC with 19 points.

HAWK UPDATE: Hartford (15-15, 9-6 AE) has won five of its last six games and is tied with Albany for third place in the conference. The Hawks had a great battle with Binghamton at Chase Family Arena on Thursday and ended up prevailing, 89-83, in overtime. Five Hawks scored in double figures, led by JR F Mark Nwakamma’s double-double of 19 points and 12 caroms. Nwakamma leads UH in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg) and is shooting 52.9 percent from the floor. Classmate G Wes Cole leads America East with 75 treys and is shooting 44.4 percent from behind the arc.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC will compete in its 11th America East Tournament at SEFCU Arena on the campus of the University at Albany, beginning with a quarterfinal game on Saturday, March 8.

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UMBC G Elliott nominated for America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – UMBC women’s basketball freshman forward Sara Tarbert (Delta, Pa./Kennard-Dale) and men’s basketball freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) were nominated for the 2013-14 America East Basketball Fans’ Choice Players of the Year, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

A winner will be named for both men’s and women’s basketball. Voting for the 2014 America East Basketball Fans’ Choice Players of the Year will go until Tuesday, March 4 at 3 p.m. and can be done on the America East Facebook Page. The winner will be announced that afternoon via release at AmericaEast.com.

Tarbert has paced the Retrievers’ offense on the season, averaging a team-best 13.7 points per game, while also adding 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists. The rookie has led UMBC in scoring in 16 of its 27 games, including 21 double-digit scoring games. Tarbert leads all AEC freshmen in scoring and rebounding, ranking in the top-six in the league in both categories, while also tying for third in the conference in double-doubles on the season with five.

Tarbert, who is the fifth-highest UMBC scoring freshman in program history (369), has pulled in a program-record and league-best five America East Rookie of the Week honors. The freshman is currently in the midst of an 11-game double-digit scoring streak.

Rodney Elliott’s five America East Rookie-of-the-Week honors to date have surpassed former record-holder Chauncey Gilliam, who earned the weekly award four times in the 2008-09 campaign. The Baltimore native is now sixth in the conference in scoring at 14.7 points per game and is now averaging 15.1 points per game (third) in America East contests. The point guard is fourth in the league in assists per game (3.6), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0), and tenth in field goal percentage (44.7%) and steals per game (1.2).

Elliott just became UMBC’s second Division I player ever to record 400 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in a season. He has scored 412 points, which is third all-time amongst all UMBC freshmen in single-season scoring with at least a pair of games left on the schedule.

He will likely by the first freshman to lead UMBC in scoring since Rich Giddens, who averaged 15.5 points per game (434 total points) in 1997-98.

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UMBC looks to snap losing streak to Stony Brook Wednesday

Posted on 18 February 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: UMBC (9-17, 5-8 America East) heads back to the road to face Stony Brook (18-8, 10-2) at Pritchard Gymnasium on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The Retrievers are looking to snap an eleven-game slide versus the Seawolves. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m, video streaming is available via the America East digital network.   

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC, which fell, 76-52, at Vermont on Saturday, has bounced back from its last three setbacks with victories and is 4-3 in its last seven outings.   FR G Rodney Elliott continues to put up staggering first-season numbers and is four points shy of recording the third-most points for Retriever Division I freshmen. Classmate post David Kadiri had a solid week, averaging 9.5 ppg and 7.5 rebounds per contest.

SEAWOLF UPDATE: Stony Brook shook off a rare home conference loss to UNH last Wednesday (73-69) and edged UMass Lowell, 78-68, on the road on Saturday. SO post Jameel Warney is the dominant post player in America East, averaging 15.1 points and 8.3 caroms per game. He is amongst the nation’s leaders, shooting 63.9% from the floor. Three guards (Anthony Jackson, Carson Puriefoy and Dave Coley) all average in double figures for the Seawolves.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC plays its final home game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 22, when they host Binghamton. The Retrievers will honor seniors Quentin Jones, Chase Plummer, Brett Roseboro and Jamar Wertz, who was unable to compete this season.  Tip-off time will be adjusted to approximately 7:10 p.m.

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UMBC faces test at first place Vermont Saturday

Posted on 14 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Men’s Basketball Face First-Place Vermont in Burlington on Saturday Afternoon

SET THE SCENE: Coming off an emotional victory over Albany on Feb. 12, UMBC (9-16, 5-7 AE) enters the teeth of the home stretch of the regular season, as they face the top two teams in the conference on the road. For starters, the Retrievers face first-place Vermont (16-9, 10-1) at Patrick Gym on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m.  Gary Stein has all the play-by-play action and video streaming is available via Catamount TV at http://nsnsports.net/colleges/university-of-vermont/.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC snapped a nine-game losing streak to Albany with a last-second 71-69 over the Great Danes. SR G Quentin Jones’ improbable tip-in with 2.4 seconds remaining broke the seventh tie of the game and gave the Retrievers their most victories since the 2008-09 campaign. Jones and FR G Rodney Elliottshared team honors with 16 points apiece. Elliott has vaulted up to second place in the conference in scoring at 15.0 points per game.
CATAMOUNT UPDATE: Vermont has won five straight and 12 of its last 13 contests. They routed UMass Lowell, 83-58, on Wednesday evening behind 18 points from SO F Ethan O’Day (8/10 fg). SR G Sandro Carissimo leads a very balanced Catamount attack at 12.7 points per game and shoots over 45 percent from behind the arc. SR F Brian Voelkel leads America East in rebounds (8.2) and assists (5.9) per contest.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC plays three of its last four games on the road. They will venture up to Stony Brook for a Feb. 19 date with the Seawolves.

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UMBC opens tough stretch of hoops Wednesday against Albany

Posted on 11 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s basketball team (8-16, 4-7 AE) begins a stretch where they play the top three teams in the conference over the next eight days. The Retrievers complete this three-game homestand when they welcome defending league champion Albany on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN3, with Eric Frede and Frank Sullivan on the call.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC is coming off a disappointing 71-61 home setback to UMass Lowell on Feb. 8. The Retrievers forced 25 UML turnovers, but the River Hawks hit 9-of-14 treys to key the road victory. FR G Rodney Elliott tied his season high with 26 points, but the Retrievers staggered with just 32.8 percent shooting from the floor. Elliott earned a school-record fifth America East Rookie of the Week honor, averaging 23.5 points per game and converting 15-of-17 free throw attempts in the two-game split. UMBC has only one home game remaining (three road) after the game vs. Albany.

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Albany will be looking to get back on track after a loss to conference opponent Hartford, 67-54, in Connecticut on Feb. 8. JR F Sam Rowley led the way with his fifth double-double of the season, posting 14 points and 11 rebounds. After shooting 34% from the field in that game, the Great Danes will look to SO G Peter Hooley who is averaging 14.9 points per game in conference play. They travel to UMBC for a second consecutive road game, where they are 5-9 on the season.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC takes to the road this weekend, facing league leader Vermont in Burlington on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2:00 p.m.

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