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UMBC opens homestand Wednesday against New Hampshire

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.).

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UMBC tries again for first road win Wednesday at New Hampshire

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.

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Towson returns home for first time in three weeks Monday against New Hampshire

Posted on 29 December 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s basketball team will return home on Monday to take on New Hampshire at 7:30 p.m. inside SECU Arena.

The Tigers, who have not played at home since December 10, will be seeking their 12th straight home win.

Audio and video of the game will be available via the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti on the call.

Towson (7-6) has dropped four of its last five games after starting the year 6-2. The Tigers are coming off a 90-82 loss at North Dakota State on December 21.

Senior Jerrelle Benimon posted a game-high 29 points to go along with 12 rebounds in Towson’s loss to the Bison. Benimon has posted a double-double in each of his last four games and his seven total double-doubles ranks fourth in the nation.

The Tigers currently rank eighth in the nation in rebounding and 12th in blocks.

New Hampshire (2-9) won its first two games of the year, including an 84-81 win at Duquesne, before dropping nine straight. The Wildcats are coming off a 62-45 setback at Rhode Island on December 22.

Senior center Chris Pelcher leads UNH in scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (11.8 rpg). The Wildcats lead the America East in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 66.4 points per game.

Towson has won nine of the 14 meetings between the programs, including posting a 5-1 mark at home. New Hampshire snapped a four-game losing streak to the Tigers when the squads met last in 2012.

Since Towson has won 11 straight home games, fans can get 11 percent off their ticket purchases by entering the promo code ’11wins’. Click here to access the offer online. The discount is also available over the phone by calling 1-855-TU-TIGER (1-855-888-4437).

The SECU UStore will also be open during the game against New Hampshire. With the university being closed during the holidays, this is the only place for fans to get their official apparel and spirit items!

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Towson eyes 6-0 start Saturday against New Hampshire

Posted on 04 October 2013 by WNST Staff

UNBEATEN TIGERS HOST No. 19 NEW HAMPSHIRE ON SATURDAY

No. 3 Tigers Seeking 10th Consecutive Win

TOWSON, Md. –  Riding a nine-game winning streak, the undefeated Towson University football team (5-0, 1-0) returns to Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5 when the Tigers host No. 19 New Hampshire (1-2, 0-0) in a Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game at 12:00 noon.

The game will be televised on Comcast SportsNet-Plus. Scott Graham and Andy Gresh will call the action.

A home game will be a welcome respite for the Tigers from the grind that found Towson playing four of its first five games on the road. After opening the season with a 33-18 win at Connecticut, the Tigers beat Holy Cross on the road, 49-7. On Sept. 14, the Tigers played their home opener and beat Delaware State, 49-7. However, it was back on the road the following week where Towson beat North Carolina Central, 35-17. Last week, the Tigers pulled out a 35-21 victory at Stony Brook.

In the opening weeks of the season, Towson traveled 2,548 miles to pick up four road victories. Dating back to last season, the Tigers have played seven of their last nine games on the road – and they have won all of them. Towson’s seven-game road winning streak is the longest in school history.

“We are road-weary,” admits Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “I feel like we are that Cleveland Indians team in the movie, ‘Major League.’ That team was always on a bus and that’s how we feel.

“However, it will be great to take the field on Saturday afternoon with a large crowd of our fans cheering us on,” he adds. “I know that will energize us.”

New Hampshire comes to Unitas Stadium with a deceptive 1-2 record. The Wildcats, who have qualified for the NCAA FCS playoffs eight years in a row, opened their season with a 24-21 loss at Central Michigan. After beating Colgate in their home opener, the Wildcats dropped a 34-27 decision at undefeated Lehigh last week.

Saturday’s game will be the 10th meeting between the two teams. UNH owns a 7-2 series lead, but the Tigers have won the last two matchups. Two years ago, Towson edged UNH, 56-42. Last season, the Tigers traveled to New Hampshire for the regular season finale and shocked the No. 7 Wildcats, 64-35. That win earned the Tigers a share of the CAA championship.

When Towson hosts New Hampshire, it will be the first time the teams have played where the Tigers had a higher national ranking. It will also match the top offensive team in the CAA against the top defensive team. New Hampshire comes into the game averaging 459.0 total yards per game as well as 236.7 rushing yards per contest. The Tigers allow 271.6 total yards per contest and only 70.8 rushing yards per game.

Towson ranks fourth in the NCAA FCS in rushing defense and sixth in total defense.

Offensively, the Tigers will be counting on junior Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.). The leading rusher in the CAA with 648 yards on 126 carries, he has scored 12 touchdowns this season, a mark that leads NCAA FCS. West has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in four of five games. The only time he didn’t reach the 100-yard plateau was a 49-7 win over Delaware State when he left the game early in the third quarter. He did score five touchdowns against the Hornets.

The third-leading rusher in school history, West needs only 12 rushing yards to become the third player in program history to rush for 3,000 yards. He has scored 56 career touchdowns in 26 games.

In two games against New Hampshire, West has run for 497 yards on 42 carries and six touchdowns.

Junior defensive end Ryan Delaire (Windsor H.S./Windsor, Conn.) leads the Tiger defense with 6.5 sacks. He ranks fourth in the nation in sacks. Led by Delaire, the Tiger defense ranks second in the nation with 21 sacks in five games.

Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) leads the Tigers with 44 tackles in five games. He made a career high 14 tackles and had one sack at Stony Brook. Junior cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) is second on the team with 28 tackles.

The Tigers’ game against New Hampshire will be the first of back-to-back home games against the top teams in the CAA. After hosting No. 19 UNH, the Tigers host No. 20 Villanova on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:00 p.m.

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UMBC plays final road game Thursday at Hartford

Posted on 27 February 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC enters the final week of the regular season trying to hold off UNH for the sixth seed in the upcoming America East Tournament. The Retrievers open play this week by taking on the Hartford Hawks at the Chase Family Arena on Thurs., Feb. 28. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.

 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (4-10, 6-21) has droppped five straight, including last Saturday’s 68-59 setback vs. Boston University. The Retrievers fell behind by 12 early in the second half before a rally cut the deficit to two points midway through the stanza, but the comeback fell short. Reserve SO G Joey Getz is averaging 12.0 ppg in the month of February. SR G Ryan Cook leads the squad with 14.6 points per game.

 

HAWK UPDATE:  Hartford (8-6, 15-12) is tied with Albany for the No. 3 seed in the tournament. The Hawks has been tough at home in 2012-13, postiing a mark of 9-4. UH is coming off a 49-44 victory over UNH on Feb. 20 and had the weekend bye. SO F Mark Nwakamma leads America East in scoring in league play at 17.6 points per game.

 

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC completes the regular season vs. Binghamton at home on Sun., March 3 at 2:00 p.m.  The Retrievers will honor seniors Ryan Cook, Brian Neller and Adrian Satchell in ceremonies before the start of the game.

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UMBC hopes to bounce back Wednesday at New Hampshire

Posted on 12 February 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC starts a two-game America East road swing on Wed., Feb. 9 when they visit New Hampshire at Lundholm Gymnasium. Tip-off time between the Retrievers and Wildcats is 7:00 p.m. 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (4-7, 6-18) could not recover from another poor start and fell to Vermont, 67-55, at the RAC Arena on Sat., Feb. 9. In the three-game homestand, UMBC trailed by 9, 15 and 9 points at the midpoint of the fi rst half. They rallied to defeat Maine, 68-67, in the opener, but lost to Albany and Vermont. SR G Brian Neller has hit 22 treys in his last five games, while SO G Joey Getz scored in double figures in two of the three games at the RAC Arena. SR G Ryan Cook (14.7 ppg) leads UMBC in scoring, but is now at a season-low in scoring average.

WILDCAT UPDATE: New Hampshire (2-8, 6-16) had the bye this weekend, after falling, 63-48 at Vermont on Feb. 6. The Wildcats are 0-5 at home in league play in 2013. SR F Ferg Myrick, who leads the Wildcats with 13.8 ppg, scored just two points at Vermont a week ago. Myrick leads UNH with 34 three-point field goals.

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC has the weekend off before traveling to Long Island to take on Stony Brook at Pritchard Gym on Tues., Feb. 19.


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UMBC looks for first conference win Wednesday against UNH

Posted on 08 January 2013 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s basketball team plays at home for the first time since Dec. 12 and opens the home portion of its America East Conference schedule on Wed., Jan. 9 when they host the New Hampshire Wildcats. The road time has won five of the last six meetings between UMBC and UNH. The opening tap is slated for 7:05 p.m. Streaming is available on www.umbcretrievers.tv.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Host Maine shot a blistering 58.5 percent from the floor and withstood a late Retriever rally to win their fourth straight, defeating visiting UMBC, 81-66, at Alfond Arena on Jan. 5. JR F Chase Plummer scored 14 points off the bench to lead UMBC (0-2, 2-13), which is in the midst of an eight-game slide. SR G Ryan Cook leads UMBC with 16.2 ppg and has scored in double figures in ten straight games.

WILDCAT UPDATE:  New Hampshire (0-2, 4-10) has lost five consecutive games since a 64-58 win over Yale on Dec. 8. Most recently, UNH fell, 65-49, to league favorite Stony Brook on Jan. 5. SR F Ferg Myrick  leads four Wildcats in double figures with 15.4 points per game and has scored 20 or more points in three of UNH’s last six outings. JR C Chris Pelcher (10.6 ppg, team-high 7.3 rpg) is one of the league’s top rebounders and is shooting 53 percent from the floor.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  The Retrievers head back out on the road to face a red-hot Vermont squad on Sat., Jan. 12.

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Title hopes at stake as Towson visits New Hampshire Saturday

Posted on 16 November 2012 by WNST Staff

DURHAM, N.H. - Riding a three-game winning streak, the Tigers will be seeking to stake their claim to a share of the Colonial Athletic Association championship when they visit Cowell Stadium to face CAA co-leader New Hampshire …A Tiger win over UNH would throw the entire CAA into a mad scramble because it would create the possibility of a six-way tie for first place in the CAA … Wins by Towson over UNH, James Madison over Old Dominion, Richmond over William & Mary and Villanova over Delaware would leave Towson, UNH, JMU, Richmond and Villanova all tied for first place at 6-2 and would force the utilization of a tie-breaker scenario.

For Towson to have its best shot at its second straight CAA championship, the Tigers would like a three-way tie with New Hampshire and Villanova because Towson would hold the tie-breaker over both teams.

The Tigers, who are the defending CAA champions, have won 12 of their last 15 CAA games … Towson was 7-1 in 2011 and has a 5-2 record this year … From 2007 to 2010, the Tigers were 3-29 in CAA games.

Towson is also seeking its second straight appearance in the NCAA FCS playoffs … Last year, the Tigers earned the CAA’s automatic bid as conference champion … Towson earned a first-round bye and dropped a 40-38 heartbreaker to Lehigh in the second round of the playoffs before a sellout crowd at Unitas Stadium.

TIGERS vs. NEW HAMPSHIRE:
Towson and New Hampshire are meeting for the ninth time in a series that began in 1980 … UNH has a 7-1 series lead and didn’t lose a game to the Tigers until last year.

The two teams first met in 1980 when Towson was a Division II program … UNH won that contest, 10-6 despite a 51-yard field goal by future NFL All-Pro punter Sean Landeta … In 1981, Towson and New Hampshire met in Durham and the Wildcats pulled out a 31-29 victory … The teams did not meet again until 2004 when they were conference rivals … In seven games as conference rivals, UNH has averaged 43.3 points per game … In conference games, their average margin of victory has been 29.3 points … UNH has a 4-0 record at home against Towson.

On its way to its first CAA championship last season, the Tigers finally beat UNH for the first time ever, handing the Wildcats a 56-42 loss at Unitas Stadium … The two teams combined for 98 points and 1,128 total yards.

ROAD WARRIORS:
The Tigers, who are seeking their first-ever win at Cowell Stadium, have been a very good road team the last two seasons … In fact, Towson has won six of its last seven CAA road games … In 2011, Towson earned CAA road wins at No. 17 Old Dominion (39-35), No. 14 William & Mary (38-27), No. 7 Maine (40-30) and Rhode Island (28-17) … Towson has a 2-1 CAA road record this year … On Oct. 6, the Tigers lost at No. 5 James Madison (13-10) … But, Towson bounced back with a 49-35 win at No. 19 Villanova and a 34-27 overtime victory at No. 23 Delaware one week later.

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