The Talent Just Isn’t There For UMBC Men’s Basketball

January 12, 2010 |

While they seemed to play with heart and give it everything they had against Boston University the UMBC men’s basketball team lose their 14th game of the 15 game old season, 75-63.

The team came out on fire. They scored the first seven points of the game and were forcing Boston U into some bad possessions, but eventually they broke free and never looked back. All it took was three Terriers to outscore UMBC. John Holland, Corey Lowe, and Jake O’Brien totaled 65 points with Holland leading the team with 25 with Lowe and O’Brien scoring 20.

Thirty-three of the Terriers points came of three’s as they totaled 11 three-point field goals, 10 of which came from their big three.

The Retrievers’ Jake Wasco recorded his first career double-double in just his second ever start with 12 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs, while three other players also scored in double-figures. Chauncey Gilliam and Chris De La Rosa each scored 13 points, while Gilliam made all three of UMBC’s three-pointers. Freshman Adrian Satchell added 10 points.

But no matter who does well for UMBC, they never seem to be able to get the job done, and at this point it is looking like they are just simply lacking the talent to be successful this year. While they have what is regarded as their best recruiting class ever, none of the freshman have quite figured out the transition yet. Gilliam was expected to be a big factor in the conference this season after averaging 10.6 points per game as a freshman, but he has struggled making a transition from the third option to a go-to scorer. Robbie Jackson is showing why a 7’0″ center is at the America East, and the lone player available from the championship team has been a major disappointment the last two seasons as he’s never really made an impact in a game this season with the exception of a 17 points and nine rebound performance against Rider when the team was without Jackson and Gilliam.

However, the season is not over for UMBC. Last season the team was left for dead but eventually found their way and managed to make another run to the conference championship game. With Randy Monroe at the helm he will certainly have his guys fired up and ready to play, it just depends on how long it takes for the team to finally develop and bring things together.