Posted on 06 January 2014 by WNST Staff
Cambridge, Mass.- For the third 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, who is seventh in the league in scoring with 14.3 points per game, averaged 17.5 points per game in a 1-1 week for the Retrievers. He amassed 21 points, hitting 8-of-12 shots from the floor and a season-high 4 (of 5) treys, in the 63-48 victory over Navy on Dec. 30.
Elliott led UMBC with 14 points and tied his season high with six assists at UMass Lowell on Jan. 5.
For the week, Elliott hit 60 percent (12-of-20) from the field and 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from behind the arc. He is eighth in America East in field goal percentage at 47.1 percent.
Elliott’s three rookie honors to date are just one shy of former Retriever Chauncey Gilliam, who earned the weekly award four times in the 2008-09 campaign. He became the second UMBC freshman to amass 200 points in his first 14 games – Peter Mulligan totaled 201 in the 2000-01 season, while Elliott sits right at 200 points prior to the halfway point of the season.
Posted on 04 January 2014 by WNST Staff
UMBC (4-9) opens its 11th season of America East play on the road as the Retrievers take on league newcomer UMass Lowell at the Costello Athletic Center on Sunday, Jan. 5. Tip-off time is set for 1:00 p.m. The Riverhawks (1-11, 0-1) made their league debut on Dec. 18 when they fell to visiting Vermont, 62-48. There is no local radio for this game, but live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC snapped a four-game slide andimproved to 4-1 at home on the campaign with a 63-48 victory over Navy on Dec. 30. The Retrievers hit 6-of-11 shots behind the arc in the second half and outscored the Mids, 43-27, over the final 20 minutes to secure the victory. Freshman guards Rodney Elliott (21 pts.) and Bryan Harris (14 pts.) scored 27 of the team’s second half points. The 48 points allowed was a fewest by a UMBC team since giving up 40 points at Boston University in February of 2008.
RIVERHAWK UPDATE: UMass Lowell has been away from competition since a 95-77 loss at home to Duquesne on Dec.21. The Dukes shot 62.3 percent from the field and buried 13 treys in that contest. Five UML players hit double figures, led by SO G D.J. Mlachnik, who score 14 points. SR G Akeem Williams, a Northeast-10 First Team selection last season, leads the squad with 13.9 points per game, followed by JR G Chad Holley (12.4 ppg) and Mlachnik (10.2 ppg).
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC heads right back out on the road on Tuesday, headed to Albany for a Wednesday evening match-up with the Great Danes.
Posted on 29 December 2013 by WNST Staff
UMBC (3-9) returns to the court and will play its first home game in four weeks when they host the Navy Midshipmen (5-5) on Monday, Dec. 30. Navy defeated UMBC, 73-58, in Annapolis on Nov. 23. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. Live streaming is available at www.umbcretrievers.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC has dropped four straight, all on the road, since opening December with a victory over UMES at the RAC Arena. The Retrievers are 3-1 at home this season. In its last outing, UMBC dropped a 74-61 decision at nationally-ranked GW on Dec. 21. SR F Brett Roseboro led the way with 13 points and FR G Rodney Elliott scored in doubles for the fifth consecutive game with 10 points. But 21 turnovers derailed UMBC’s chance to spring the upset.
MIDSHIPMEN UPDATE: JR G Brandon Venturini scored a season-high 20 points but the Navy men’s basketball team let a double-digit lead slip away in falling to Northern Kentucky (4-7), 72-65, at The Bank of Kentucky Center on Dec. 21. Venturini’s 20 points came on 7-of-11 shooting and JR F Worth Smith added 15 points. SO G Tilman Dunbar leads USNA with 11.9 ppg and 5.0 assists per game, while Smith is at 11.6 points per outing. After a 4-1 stretch, the Mids have dropped two straight and are 1-5 on the road this season.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC opens its 11th season of America East Conference play on Sunday, Jan. 5 when the Retrievers travel to new league member UMass Lowell for an afternoon affair.
Posted on 20 December 2013 by WNST Staff
UMBC (3-8) returns to the court after completing the final examination period on Sat., Dec. 21 when they take the short trip down I-295 to face a red-hot George Washington (9-1) squad. Tip-off time is set for 2:30 p.m. Links are available for live stats and live streaming of the contest.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC will complete its four-game road swing (over 2.5 weeks) still searching for its first victory away from home. After five halves of outstanding shooting, the Retrievers cooled off dramatically in a 91-71 setback at Coppin State on Dec. 11. Freshman guard Rodney Elliott led UMBC with 16 points and earned his second America East Rookie of the Week honor on Dec. 16. Elliott leads UMBC with 14.1 points per game. SR G Quentin Jones is averaging 10.0 ppg and shooting 66.7% from the floor in his last four outings.
COLONIAL UPDATE: In its latest outing on Dec. 11, the Colonials rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Boston University, 70-60, at the Charles E. Smith Center.GW, winner of five straight, is now 9-1 – its best start since 2005-06 and tied for the eighth-best start in its 100 seasons of intercollegiate basketball. The victory moved the Colonials to 5-0 at home this season and was the sixth straight win at Smith Center. Graduate student Maurice Creek leads a potent offense with 15.7 points per game and is 26-of-56 (46.4%) from behind the arc.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC returns from holiday break to host Navy in the back end of a home-and-home series vs. the Midshipmen. The game is set for Mon., Dec. 30 with a 7:00 p.m. tip at the RAC Arena.
Posted on 16 December 2013 by WNST Staff
Cambridge, Mass. – For the second time in his young career, UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) has been named America East Conference Men’s Basketball Rookie-of-the-Week. The most recent honor is for games ending Dec. 15, 2013.
UMBC competed just once last week, but Elliott scored in double figures for the fourth consecutive game in the Retrievers’ 91-71 setback at Coppin State on Dec. 11. He scored 16 points in 21 minutes of action and tied his season-high with six assists. The freshman point guard hit 6-of-7 free throws and 2-of-4 shots from behind the arc.
Elliott leads the Retrievers in five categories, including scoring average (14.1 ppg) and assists (3.6) per game. He is currently ninth in America East in scoring, third in assists, and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1).
Elliott has scored more points (155) through 11 games than any freshman in the UMBC’s Division I (1986-87) era. He earned his first award of the season for contests ending Nov. 17 after averaging 17.7 points per game in a three-game span.
Elliott and his teammates are in the exam period this week and do not return to action until Sat., Dec. 21when they visit George Washington.
Posted on 10 December 2013 by WNST Staff
UMBC (3-7) will be its seventh attempt to garner its first road win of the season when the Retrievers travel to Coppin State (3-4) on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Tip-off time is set for 7:30 p.m.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC played three games in six days last week and all three were decided by six points or less. The Retrievers edged UMES, 64-59, at home on Dec. 2, but fell at Duquesne (94-88) two days later and at Lehigh (70-68) on Dec. 7. SR F Chase Plummer has scored 48 points in his last two outings, while FR G Rodney Elliott has scored in double figures in the last three games. Both players are averaging 13.9 points per outing.
EAGLE UPDATE: Coppin State opened MEAC play with a convincing 73-54 victory at Delaware State on Dec. 7. Senior forwarrd Michael Murray was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball player of the week Monday morning. He scored a career-high 28 points, hitting 11-of-15 shots from the floor. Murray was selected to the MEAC preseason All-Conference First Team after leading the MEAC in rebounds per game last season (8.9) while averaging 12.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Sterling Smith leads the squad at 14.6 points per game and has converted 17-of-36 shots (47.2%) from behind the arc.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC begins the exam period tomorrow and will not be in action again until Sat., Dec. 21, when they make the short trip to Washington, D.C., to face a red-hot George Washington (8-1) squad.
Posted on 06 December 2013 by WNST Staff
UMBC continues its four-game road swing at Lehigh on Saturday, Dec. 6. It will be the first meeting between the Retrievers and Mountain Hawks since the 1997-98 campaign. The Retrievers will not return home until Dec. 30 when they complete a home-and-home series with Navy. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: Today’s game will cap a busy week for UMBC, as the Retrievers defeated visiting UMES, 64-59, on Monday, then traveled to Pittsburgh on Tuesday and fell at Duquesne, 94-88, on Wednesday evening. After one day in Baltimore, UMBC completes the week by heading back to Pennsylvania to face Lehigh. The offense has been a bright spot for UMBC (3-6) this week, as they have hit 46-of-82 shots (56.1%) from the floor over the last three halves of basketball. SR F Chase Plummer exploded for 27 points at Duquesne, while FR G Rodney Elliott scored in double figures in both games and leads UMBC at 13.6 points per game.
HAWK UPDATE: Lehigh took an early lead and made the plays in the end to pull out a 57-50 win at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday evening. It marked Lehigh’s first road win of the season as the Mountain Hawks won their second straight game and third in their last four. FR F Tim Kempton led the way with 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for his first-career double-double. SR G Mackey McKnight leads LU with 15.3 points per game.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC plays one more game before final exams as they make the short trip to take on Coppin State on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff
UMBC opens a four-game road swing at Duquesne on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The Retrievers will not return home until Dec. 30 when they complete a home-and-home series with Navy. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC snapped a three-game slide with a 64-59 victory over UMES on Monday at the RAC Arena. Four Retrievers scored in double figures and the squad hit 16-of-23 shots from the floor in the second half to rally from a four-point halftime deficit. All three of UMBC’s wins have occured when the team trailed at intermission. Freshman post David Kadiri led UMBC witih 21 points in just 24 minutes vs. the Hawks. Classmate Rodney Elliott, a combo-guard, added 10 and leads the Retrievers at 13.0 points per game.
DUKE UPDATE: The Dukes come into the game with a 2-3 overall record, and a 2-1 record at home. They also have a 1-1 record against America East opponents,with a setbck versus UNH (84-81) and a victory over Albany (70-59). Senior forward Ovie Soko leads the Dukes in points per game with 18.0 and rebounds per game with 10.2 on the season. Soko contributed 23 points and 13 rebounds in the win versusAlbany. Junior guard Tra’Vaughn White comes into the game averaging 14.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Derrick Colter comes in leading the Dukes in assists with 14 and 3-point field goals made with 10. He contributed 23 points in the team’s opener against Abilene Christian.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC finishes its busy week, travelling to back to Pennsylvania for a Dec. 7 contest at Lehigh.
Posted on 01 December 2013 by WNST Staff
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.
Posted on 26 November 2013 by WNST Staff
In its 47-year varsity basketball history, the Towson Tigers are UMBC’s most frequently-contested opponent and the two squads will meet for the 55th time on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at SECU Arena. The game is the fifth in a row for UMBC versus Baltimore-Washington area rivals. Tip-off time is set for 7:30 p.m.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: After playing an NCAA-record tying four consecutive overtime games, UMBC (2-4) shot a season-low 31 percent from the field in a 73-58 loss at Navy on Saturday. Senior wing Chase Plummer scored in double figures for the third consecutive game and led the visitors with 11 points. He also snared a team-high seven rebounds and moved into tenth place on UMBC’s all-time caroms list (562). Freshman guard Rodney Elliott continues to lead the Retrievers in scoring, now at 14.3 points per game.
TIGER UPDATE: Towson (3-2) won its first three outings, all at home, easily handling Navy (72-45) and Morgan State (95-75) before outlasting Temple, 75-69. They have since played national powers Villanova (L, 78-44) and Kansas (L, 88-58) on the road, dropping those two contests. SR power forward Jerrelle Benimon paces the Tigers in scoring (18.2) and rebounding (11.4).
ALL-TIME SERIES: The Tigers lead the all-time series, 34-20, but UMBC has captured the last two meetings. Ryan Cook scored 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half and Brett Roseboro posted a career high 19 points and added 10 rebounds as the host Retrievers never trailed in a 66-62 victory over Towson on Dec 1, 2012. Roseboro hit 9-of-11 shots from the floor before fouling out with 28 seconds remaining. Chase Plummer also posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC will have its first extended break of the season through the Thanksgiving holiday, returning to action on Monday, Dec. 2, when they welcome UMES to the RAC Arena.