Posted on 10 February 2014 by WNST Staff
Cambridge, Mass. – For the a school record-setting fifth time, UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) has been named America East Conference Rookie of the Week, the league office announced today.
Elliott surpassed Chauncey Gilliam, who earned four league first-year accolades in 2009-10.
The first-year Retriever tied his season high with 26 points vs. UMass Lowell on Saturday. He also led the Retrievers with 21 points in the 68-57 victory over UNH three days earlier. Elliott is averaging 22.7 points per game and has scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games. He converted 15-of-17 free throw attempts in the two contests this week.
The 6’0, 180-lb. point guard has vaulted up to third in the conference in scoring at 15.0 points per game and is now averaging 15.7 points per game (2nd) and 4.5 rebounds per game (17th) in America East contests. He is fourth in AE in assists per game (3.6), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0) eighth in field goal percentage (45.1%) and ninth in steals per game (1.3).
The Baltimore native is composing one of the top freshman seasons in school history. He needs just three rebounds to become the fourth UMBC Division I player to amass at least 300 points and 100 rebounds in his freshman campaign. He is 14 assists and three rebounds shy of becoming the first Retriever to record 300 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in his initial season.
Elliott’s 359 points is ninth amongst all UMBC freshmen in single-season scoring with at least six games left on the schedule.
UMBC completes a three-game homestand by facing defending league champion Albany on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Posted on 07 February 2014 by WNST Staff
The UMBC men’s basketball team (8-15, 4-6 AE) will try to avenge another early-season road setback and extend their home winning streak to three when they welcome America East newcomer UMass Lowell (7-15, 5-5) to the RAC Arena on Saturday, Feb. 8. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m. Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier have all the play-by-play action, live streaming is available on the America East digital network (www.umbcretrievers.tv). Streaming is available via most mobile devices.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC matched its win total from a year ago and erased the memory of an ugly loss in Durham last month with a 68-57 victory over UNH on Wednesday evening at the RAC Arena. For the sixth time in 2013-14, the Retrievers come back from a halftime deficit to rally for a win, as they outscored UNH, 44-28, in the final 20 minutes. FR G Rodney Elliott again led the way, scoring 21 points, while SR G Quentin Jones stayed hot from the floor, adding 16 points. Elliott is up to fifth in America East with a team-best 14.5 points per outing.
RIVER HAWK UPDATE: A red-hot shooting Albany team snapped UML’s two-game winning streak with a 73-56 triumph at SEFCU Arena on Wednesday. Albany hit 17-of-23 first half shots and led by 24 points at the half. Red-shirt senior forward Antonio Bivins led UML with 17 points and reached the 1,000-point plateau in his career. Bivins, who debuted this season with 14 points versus UMBC on Jan. 5, leads the River Hawks with 14.8 points per game and 5.7 caroms per outing. Senior guard Akeem Williams adds 14.3 points per contest.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC completes the homestand by facing Albany on “RAC in Black” Night on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The game will be broadcast by ESPN3.
Posted on 04 February 2014 by WNST Staff
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.).
Posted on 03 February 2014 by WNST Staff
Cambridge ,Mass. – For the fourth time this season, UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) has been named America East Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie-of-the-Week.
Elliott nearly recorded UMBC’s first triple-double in 19 years, with a 14-point, 11-rebound, 8-assist effort in the 73-61 victory over Binghamton on Jan. 29. The 11 rebounds and eight helpers were both team season highs for the Retrievers. He then converted a team season-best 12 free throws as part of a 21-point effort in the narrow 83-80 setback at Maine on Feb. 1. Elliott amassed seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals versus the Black Bears.
The first-year guard has scored in double figures in 18 of 22 games this season and his 21-point effort versus Maine was his fourth of 20 or more points. He is sixth in America East in scoring (14.2 ppg), fourth in assists (3.6), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.0), eighth in steals (1.2) and tenth in field goal percentage (44.7%).
Elliott has already passed the 300-point plateau in his freshman campaign. His four weekly honors ties a UMBC mark set by Chauncey Gilliam, who captured four during the 2009-10 season.
UMBC opens a three-game homestand when they host New Hampshire in an America East Conference match-up onWednesday, Feb. 5.
Posted on 01 February 2014 by WNST Staff
The UMBC Retrievers (7-14, 3-5) will try to extend their winning streak to three when they travel to meet the Maine Black Bears (4-16, 2-6) at Cross Insurance Center on Saturday, Feb. 1 for a 2:00 tip-off. Both teams are coming off road victories on Wednesday. UMBC won a tight battle, 79-76, in the first meeting on Jan. 11. Live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC snapped a 14-game road losing streak with a 73-61 victory at Binghamton on Wednesday. The Retrievers shot 50 percent (22-of-44) from the floor and got huge performances from guards Rodney Elliott (14 pts.-11 reb.-8 ast.) and Quentin Jones (career high 16 points) and post Brett Roseboro (14 pts./12 rebounds). Elliott leads the squad with 13.9 points per outing.
BLACK BEAR UPDATE: Maine snapped a six-game losing streak with a 68-60 victory at rival UNH on Wednesday. The Black Bears outscored their hosts, 33-25, in the second half to prevail. SR G Xavier Pollard led UM with 20 points in the game and he added five steals. Pollard leads Maine and is second in America East with 15.5 points per game. Maine is second in America East in scoring (73.2 ppg), but last in scoring defense (83.8 ppg).
Who’s Up Next: The Retrievers start their second three-game America East homestand of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 5 when they welcome UNH to the RAC Arena.
Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff
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).
Posted on 19 January 2014 by WNST Staff
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.
Posted on 17 January 2014 by WNST Staff
UMBC (5-12, 1-3 America East) will try to shake off a dreadful performance at UNH on Wednesday, as the Retrievers shot only 27.5 percent from the floor and committed 19 turnovers in a 56-42 loss to the Wildcats. They face a red-hot Vermont (9-8, 3-0 AE) squad that has won five straight, including an 83-46 rout at Maine on Thursday. Streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv. The America East digital network is now available on most mobile devices.
The Retrievers have been a completely different team at home and on the road this season. At home, UMBC is 5-1, have averaged 77.2 points per game and are outrebounding their foes by 7.2 caroms per game. On the road (0-11), the Retrievers average 63.3 points per game and are at -5.2 on the glass. FR G Rodney Elliott is still on a record-scoring pace for first-year Retrievers, averaging 14.1 points per game.
Vermont, the pre-season America East favorite, routed Maine, 83-46 in Bangor on Thursday evening. The Catamounts hit nearly 58 percent from the floor and outscored Maine in the paint, 38-14. SR F Clancy Rugg leads UVM with 14.4 points per game, while SR G Sandro Carissimo follows at 13.5 ppg. Rugg is hitting 56.5% from the floor, and Carissimo is at 46 percent from behind the arc.
The Retrievers have a quick turnaround, as they face 2013 regular season champion Stony Brook on Monday, Jan. 20 at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by ESPNU.
Posted on 14 January 2014 by WNST Staff
UMBC has won five of its six home games in 2013-14, but has yet to win on the road and will make another push when the Retrievers (5-11, 1-2 America East) travel to Durham, N.H. to take on the New Hampshire Wildcats (2-13, 0-2) on Wed., Jan. 15 (7:00 p.m. tip). 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’s first three America East contests have all been decided by five points or less and have all come down to the game’s final possession. The Retrievers continued home mastery, as they recorded nine dunks and turned the ball over just four times in a 79-76 victory over Maine on Saturday at the RAC Arena. SR F Chase Plummer and FR G Bryan Harris led UMBC with 16 points each. FR G Rodney Elliott leads UMBC with 14.3 points per contest.
WILDCAT UPDATE: A young UNH squad has suffered 13 consecutive setbacks after opening the season with two wins, including a victory (84-81) at Duquesne. Leading scorer, and rebounder, postman Chris Pelcher (11.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg) returned after missing eight game due to injury and played 11 minutes in a 67-38 loss at Binghamton on Jan. 9. SR F Patrick Konan averages 11.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Wildcats.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC returns home and will play league heavyweights Vermont (Jan. 18) and Stony Brook (jan. 20) at the RAC Arena in a three-day span. UMBC’s first six league games occur in a span of 16 days.
Posted on 10 January 2014 by WNST Staff
The home court has been sweet for the Retrievers as UMBC (4-11, 0-2 America East) are 4-1 at the RAC Arena in 2013-14. Aki Thomas’ squad hosts an exposive Maine (3-11, 1-1) squad that leads America East in scoring on Saturday, Jan. 11. Tip-off time is set for 3:30 p.m. and is the nightcap of a league doubleheader at the RAC. 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 is coming off two road America East setbacks (in a four-day span) by a total of six points. Most recently, defending champion Albany outlasted the Retrievers, 73-72, in double OT on Wednesday. FR G Rodney Elliott continued his brilliant play, leading the visitors with 22 points. Elliott, a three-time league Rookie of the Week, is now seventh in the conference with 14.8 points per game. JR F Devarick Houston (19 pts.) and FR G Bryan Harris (18 pts.) also had seaosn-highs versus the Great Danes.
BLACK BEAR UPDATE: Maine is 2-2 in its last four outings, including a 82-66 victory over Binghamton in its league opener on Jan. 5. JR F Kilian Cato scored 17 points to lead Maine in that victory. The Bears traveled to Baltimore after an 80-65 loss at Hartford on Jan. 9. UM led the Hawks, 31-30, at the half. SO G Dimitry Akanda-Coronel leads UM with 14.6 points per game, while Zarko Valjarevic leads America East with 39 treys.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC continues its rigorous stretch with a Jan. 15 contest at UNH. UMBC’s first six league games occur in a span of 16 days.