For the sixth consecutive season, the UMBC men’s basketball team will face American University. The Eagles have won three of the previous five meetings, including the last two. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. All home basketball games are streamed with full play-by-play audio in HD on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (2-6) cut a 19-point first half deficit to as few as six points in the second half, but host George Mason hung on for a 74-63 victory at the Patriot Center on Dec. 4. Brett Roseboro led a balanced attack with 14 points. Chase Plummer scored all 13 of his points in the second half and Ryan Cook also tallied all 12 of his points in the final 20 minutes. Cook leads the squad with 16.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg, while Roseboro has scored 46 points in his last three outings.
EAGLE UPDATE: American (3-5) took on cross-town rival Howard at Burr Gymnasium on Dec. 4, but lost a close decision, 55-50. SR F Stephen Lumpkins just neared a double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds. AU has dropped three of its last four and are 1-4 on the road to date Lumpkins leads the squad in scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.3) and is shooting 55.3% from the floor. SO G John Schoof has hit 15-of-26 shots from behind the arc.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC travels to Norfolk State for a contest with the 2011-12 NCAA Championship second round participants on Sun., Dec. 9 at 4:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Q1370/www.q1370.com.