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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 looks for upset Saturday against Johns Hopkins

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

For just the third time in twelve match-ups, the UMBC men’s lacrosse team will host Johns Hopkins University at UMBC Stadium when the two squads face off on Saturday, March 8 at 1:05 p.m. The Retrievers (2-1) have won two straight games in their current four-game homestand, while Hopkins has moved up to No. 3 in the USILA rankings with a 4-0 start. Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill have all the play-by-play action beginning at 12:55 p.m., video streaming is available via the America East digital network.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: SR A Matt Gregoire led a balanced attack with a career-high five goals and the Retriever defense held Richmond to a season-low five scores in a 14-5 victory in chilly conditions at UMBC Stadium on March 1. Gregoire has now scored nine goals in his last two games. UMBC held Richmond to five goals, the fewest allowed since the 2010 squad defeated Rutgers, 6-5, on Feb. 27, 2010. Red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon came up with double-digit saves for the second consecutive game, posting a 11 stops.  He allowed four of the five UR goals and now has a 62.3 percent save mark, which is tenth-best in the nation. UMBC is eighth in the nation this week in face-off winning percentage (62.5%) and SR face-off specialist Phil Poe is 11th at 62.7%.

BLUE JAY UPDATE: Johns Hopkins (4-0) has moved up to No. 3 in the latest USILA poll, after last Saturday’s convincing 15-9 victory at Princeton. The Jays outscored PU, 8-2, in the second and fourth quarters. SO A Ryan Brown led Hopkins with five goals and three assists versus the Tigers. Hopkins also has victories over Ohio State (10-9, 3ot), Towson (15-8) and Michigan (14-5) in 2014. Brown leads the squad with 12 goals and has 19 total points. JR A Wells Stanwick is the team leader with 21 points (6 goals, 15 assists). He is ranked second in the nation in assists per game, behind Albany’s Lyle Thompson. SR G Eric Schneider has a 7.16 goals against average and a 64.6 save percentage in four starting assignments.

LAST YEAR’S MEETING/SERIES UPDATE: Wes DiRito made nine saves in his first career start, but No. 6 Johns Hopkins ran out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and held off UMBC, 13-7, at Homewood Field on March 8, 2013. Scott Jones and Pat Young each scored two goals to lead the Retrievers. UMBC outshot Hopkins 35-33 and won the ground ball battle, 34-28.

UMBC is winless vs. Johns Hopkins in 11 previous meetings- the Blue Jays are one of just two programs that the Retrievers have faced and do not own a win against. Robert Morris (0-2) is the other program on that short list. Only two of the previous 11 meetings have taken place at UMBC.  The last meeting at UMBC Stadium was in 2009, when the Blue Jays prevailed, 14-11.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC will play its first mid-week game and complete the four-game homestand on Tuesday, March 11, when they meet Mercer for the first-time on the lacrosse field. Face-off time is 7:35 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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#WNSTSweet16 list highlights Baltimore’s best ever college hoopsters

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#WNSTSweet16 list highlights Baltimore’s best ever college hoopsters

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Drew Forrester

In taking a sneak peek at the rest of the lists I owe for 2014, none of them — none, I tell you — will be harder to compile than the one you’re about to read.

And this one, supposedly, was given to me on purpose because of my love for local college basketball.

Well, I thoroughly enjoyed putting it together, but it was a real exercise in juggling and re-arranging and sorting through so many outstanding names and accomplishments.

One thing for sure — Baltimore has enjoyed the presence of more outstanding college basketball players than any of us knew.

In compiling this list, I did my best to check in with people around town who have followed the local basketball scene as much if not more than I have over the last 15-20 years.

I’ll admit I don’t go back much more than the 70′s, although there’s a notable name or two in there who were so good and so well known locally they couldn’t be by-passed.

It’s difficult to rank these sixteen, honestly, because most of the “evidence” available is statistical in nature.  You won’t be seeing a whole lot of YouTube clips in here, but trust me when I tell you these sixteen guys did Baltimore proud.

All the fun starts on the next page –

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 04 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-ACC Tournament: Maryland vs. Georgia Tech/Virginia/Boston College (Friday 8pm from Greensboro, NC live on Comcast SportsNet); Boxing: Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfredo Angulo (Saturday 9pm from Las Vegas live on Showtime PPV); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jimi Manuwa (Saturday 3pm from London live on UFC Fight Pass); Tennis: ATP Tour WTA Tour BNP Paribas Open (Thursday-Monday 2pm from Indian Wells, CA live on Tennis Channel)

10. Jim Breuer (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Amy Schumer (Thursday 8pm Stephens Hall Towson University); Tony Woods (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge (Saturday Sandy Point State Park); 300: Rise of an Empire“, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” out in theaters (Friday); 12 Years a Slave” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Matthew McConaughey won an Academy Award. Which means we can’t be far from Jim Breuer getting his.

Also Amy Schumer returns to her alma mater. She’s a really polite gal-you should introduce her to your mom.

9. Juicy J (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Stir Fried feat. John Popper/Cara Kelly & The Tall Tale (Saturday 8pm 8×10 Club); Stephen Kellogg (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Schoolboy Q (Friday 8pm & 11pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Vertical Horizon/Tonic/Dishwalla (Wednesday 7:30pm Howard Theatre); Bob Mould (Wednesday 7:30pm 9:30 Club); Bear Hands (Tuesday 8:30pm DC9); J. Roddy Walston & The Business (Tuesday 6:30pm U Street Music Hall); Lorde (Friday 8pm Echostage), David Guetta (Saturday & Sunday 9pm Echostage); Moody Blues (Monday 8pm Strathmore); Pharrell Williams “G I R L”, Drive-By Truckers “English Oceans” and Rick Ross “Mastermind” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Have you thought about the fact that John Popper has been in your life for two decades now?

Yes, I still smile when I hear a Vertical Horizon tune. So sue me.

I’ve been playing the Bear Hands tune a lot as a rejoiner on the show recently. You know it from the times you’ve emailed to say “what’s the name of that song?”

J. Roddy is amazing. You should probably already know that.

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Ahead of Madness, #WNSTSweet16 tackles Baltimore’s greatest college hoopsters

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Ahead of Madness, #WNSTSweet16 tackles Baltimore’s greatest college hoopsters

Posted on 02 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you haven’t heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. What’s that? You haven’t?

We’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already six lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any.

Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

We’re into Week 9 and Drew Forrester is once again responsible for this week’s Sweet 16 list, which is a bit more defined than some of the lists we’ve tried in recent weeks. We’re on the cusp of March Madness here in Charm City. Two local college hoops teams (Towson and Morgan State) have legitimate chances to make the NCAA Tournament-one Tournament bid will be determined here in Baltimore in eight days when the CAA Tournament Championship is decided at Baltimore Arena.

We’ve discussed the Terps once already here in the Sweet 16, and considering their effort against Clemson Sunday it’s probably not worth discussing them again in the future. Instead, let’s focus in on the five most direct area teams.

This week’s topic is “The Sweet 16 Greatest Baltimore College Basketball Players”. There is an important distinction to be made here. The list is NOT for the greatest college hoops players to have been born in Baltimore, but instead for the greatest players to have played in Baltimore-at either Towson, UMBC, Morgan State, Coppin State or Loyola. (I’ll allow Drew’s discretion if he thinks players from lower level schools like Johns Hopkins or Stevenson should be considered as well.)

If the player also just so happens to have been from Baltimore originally (like former Morgan State star Reggie Holmes or former Towson standout Kurk Lee), so be it. Both are going to be in the argument to be near the top of this list. As is former UMBC standout Jay Greene, who lead the school to their only ever NCAA Tournament appearance. “The Human Eraser” Marvin Webster is probably the most accomplished NBA player to have played at a Baltimore school-he has to be considered near the top of the list. Tracy Bergan helped the Loyola Greyhounds make their first ever trip to “The Big Dance”, he would have to be considered. Perhaps even likely two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon will be near the top as he tries to lead Towson back to the postseason in the waning stages of his college career.

The fun part about this list for me is that I legitimately don’t know who will end up being number one-which hasn’t always been the case early on this year. I can make an argument for a few of those guys. It will also be interesting to see how Drew measures the stats a player compiled versus the accomplishments or winning games/conference titles/reaching the NCAA Tournament.

Who do you think deserves to be on the list? Who should be at the top?

We want your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email Drew via drew@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Drew will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Luke Jones on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. Drew will then re-visit the list with me at 4pm Tuesday on “The Reality Check Driven by Jerry’s Toyota Scion”.

Who was the greatest player you ever saw at a Baltimore-area college? I’ll save you the trouble in trying to do shtick and let you know I don’t think Tamir Goodman is going to end up making the list.

But who else?

-G

 

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Gregoire scores five goals to lead UMBC past Richmond

Posted on 01 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE – UMBC senior attackman Matt Gregoire (Crofton, Md./South River) led a balanced attack with a career-high five goals and the Retriever defense held Richmond to a season-low five scores in a 14-5 victory in chilly conditions at UMBC Stadium.

The Retrievers improved to 2-1 on the campaign, while the first-year Spiders slipped to 0-4.

Gregoire added an assist in a six-point effort, while sophomore attackman Nate Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) scored three goals and added a pair of helpers. Retriever sophomore midfielders Pat Young (Ewing, N.J./Christchurch School) and Jack Gannon (Lake Ronkokoma, N.Y./Sachem North) each scored twice.

Defensively, UMBC was stubborn against the Spiders, a squad that opened the campaign with a 13-12 loss to No. 7 Virginia. Red-shirt freshman netminder Connor Gordon (Bourne, Mass./Tabor Academy) made 11 saves and allowed four of UR’s five goals in 53:47.

Junior tri-captain Kevin McDonough (Oakdale, N.Y./Binghamton) caused three of UMBC’s 14 forced turnovers and added his first Retriever goal. Senior face-off specialist Phil Poe(Harwood, Md./DeMatha) captured 11 of 17 draws, recorded eight ground balls and added his first goal of the season to aid the UMBC cause.

After the team’s exchanged goals in the first 11 minutes of play, Gregoire started a 5-0 surge which put the Retrievers in control. He finished a feed from junior middie Ty Kashur(Manassas, Va./CCBC-Essex) with 1:19 remaining in the first quarter to give the Retrievers the lead for good.

Leading 2-1 after 15 minutes, UMBC scored three times in the first 4:26 of the second quarter on goals by Young, McDonough and Gregoire. Lewnes would get his first of the season with 2:30 remaining in the half to provide the hosts with a 6-1 lead.

Richmond snapped the streak with a goal by Brendan Hynes ten seconds later and cut the deficit to 7-3 at the half as Madison Day scored with 1.6 seconds remaining on the clock.

But Gregoire scored a pair of third-quarter goals and added a third just 2:29 into the fourth quarter as part of a 7-1 run which extended the lead to 14-4 midway through the fourth.

UMBC outshot UR, 45-28 and won 14 of 21 face-offs. Richmond freshman netminder Conor Shannon made four of his eight saves in the first quarter.

UMBC remains at home next Saturday and will host No. 5 Johns Hopkins on Saturday, March 8.

Notes:  Gregoire has now scored nine goals in his last two games… Gordon has double-digits saves in each of his first three collegiate contests… Lewnes scored his first three goals of the season and the Tewaaraton Watch List nominee posted his first career hat-trick.

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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 plays host to winless Richmond Saturday

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC (1-1) men’s lacrosse team continues its early season four-game homestand on Saturday, March 1 when the Retrievers host the Richmond Spiders (0-3) at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 1:05 p.m. Gary Stein has all the play-by-play action, video streaming is available via the America East digital network.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC evened its record at 1-1 with a 10-8 victory over Monmouth on Saturday, Feb .22 at UMBC Stadium. Retriever attackmen accounted for seven of the ten goals, including four by senior Matt Gregoire and three by freshman Max Maxwell. Maxwell earned America East Rookie of the Week honors, as he tallied all three goals in the final 30 minutes of play. SR face-off specialist Phil Poe won 17 of 22 draws and red-shirt FR G Connor Gordon was solid between the pipes, making 12 saves and allowing seven of eight Hawk scores.

SO A Nate Lewnes has been named to the 2014 Tewaaraton Watch List. The Tewaaraton Award annually honors the top college male and female lacrosse player in the United States. Lewnes, an America East All-Rookie Team member in 2013, recorded a pair of assists in last week’s victory over Monmouth.
SPIDER UPDATE: Richmond, a first-year varsity program, has been very competitive through its first three games. The Spiders hosted No. 7 Virginia in their home opener  before 4,249 fans at Robins Stadium and dropped a heartbreaking 13-12 decision on Feb .8. UR has since lost to Hartford (19-11) and at Mercer (11-7). FR A Mitchell Goldberg leads the Spiders with eight goals and 11 points through three games, while SO A Brad Burnam has three goals and a team-best six assists.
WHO’S UP NEXT: For just the third time in 12 meetings, UMBC will welcome Johns Hopkins to UMBC Stadium on Saturday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m.

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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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