UMBC will compete in its tenth America East Conference Tournament and opens play on Sat., March 9 as the sixth-seeded Retrievers take on the third-seeded Hartford Hawks at SEFCU Arena. Tip-off time will be 30 minutes after the noon tilt between No. 2 Vermont and No. 7 UNH. The game can be seen on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app on smartphones and tablets.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (5-11, 7-22) concluded the regular season with a 59-49 victory over Binghamton, securing the No. 6 seed in the tournament. The win snapped a six-game slide for the Retrievers. A pair of seniors led the way on “Senior Day” as guards Ryan Cook (team-high 15.0 ppg) and Brian Neller (AEC leader in 3-point fg) combined for 41 of UMBC’s 59 points.
HAWK UPDATE: Hartford (10-6, 17-12) closed the season with three consecutive victories and secured the No. 3 seed by virtue of a 61-58 victory at Vermont on the final day of the regular season. SO F Nate SIkma hit the game-winning trey in the final seconds in the victory. Hartford swept Boston U. and had victories over Vermont and Stony Brook in 2013. SO F Mark Nwakamma leads the Hawks at 14.7 points per game.
WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC would meet the winner of the game between No. 2 Vermont v. No. 7 New Hampshire in the first (5:00 p.m.) semifinal contest on Sunday, March 10.