UMBC faces an explosive Albany squad as both teams grind through a hectic first week of America East Conference play. Both squads took their league openers on Monday, with the Retrievers winning an 82-76 decision at UNH and Albany defending home turf vs. Hartford, 88-63. Tip-off time is set for 7:05 p.m. at the RAC Arena. All UMBC home games are streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC scored a season-high 82 points, hitting 8-of-12 shots from behind the arc, in Monday’s victory in Durham, N.H. Five Retrievers were in double figures, including sophomore forward Chase Plummer (13.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg) who scored a career-high 23 points against the Wildcats. UMBC continues to rebound well, as they have outboarded 10 of 13 opponents to date.
DANE UPDATE: Albany (9-6, 1-0) has won four of five, including an 88-63 rout of Hartford in their league opener at home on Jan. 2. This is Albany’s third game in Maryland since Dec. 28 with a 83-72 loss at Maryland on that date and a 65-64 win at Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 31. Newcomer junior guard Gerardo Suero is fourth in the nation in scoring, averaging 22.1 points per game. Junior guard Logan Aronhalt (15.1 ppg) averaged 23.5 ppg in two wins over UMBC last season, hitting 9-of-15 shots from behind the arc.
Who’s Up Next: UMBC boards a plane at 11:00 a.m. on Friday and returns north to face a tough Maine squad. Tip time from Alfond Arena is 2:30 p.m on Saturday, Jan. 7.