In its 46-year varsity basketball history, the Towson Tigers are UMBC’s most frequently-contested opponent and the two squads will meet for the 54th time on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the RAC Arena. Tipoff time is set for 7:00 p.m. (EST) and the game will be streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: Visiting Canisius scored the last nine points of the first half and opened the second half on a 9-1 run to break open a close game and proceed to defeat UMBC, 83-65 at the RAC Arena on Thursday. SR G Ryan Cook (16.6 ppg, 8.0 rpg) led UMBC with 16 points, while JR C Brett Roseboro posted a career-high 13 points in the setback. UMBC has dropped four straight and is -36 in rebounding in those losses.
TIGER UPDATE: Towson competed in the 2012 Comfort Suites Invitational where they won three out of four games, including a victory over Radford (75-67). JR F Jerrelle Benimon is the Tigers key threat on offense leading the team with an average of 14.7 points per game. Towson took on the Loyola Greyhounds on Nov. 26., and fell, 65-53. FR G Jerome Hairston led the Tigers with 13 points. Towson has yet to play a home game this season.
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*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 six 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. The Retrievers are -36 in total rebounds in the current four-game slide.
*UMBC hit ten 3-point field goals (10-of-22) vs. Central Conn. State, burying double figures from behind 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 approximately 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.
* UMBC is just 6-of-41 (14.6%) from behind the arc in the last two games.
* UMBC is in the midst of a stretch where they are playing five times in an eight-day span.
* UMBC’s reserves are shooting a combined 53.8 percent (49-of-91) from the floor through six games.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC continues its five-game in eight-day stretch on Tues., Dec. 4 when they travel to Fairfax, Va. to take on George Mason. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m. and the game will be televised by MASN-TV.