Youth And Inexperience Taking Toll On UMBC Men’s Basketball

January 15, 2010 |

With only four returning players, and just two who saw significant time last season it is no surprise to see the UMBC men’s basketball team struggling, but the rebuilding project has taken longer than expected in Catonsville as the team is just 1-15 after dropping another game, this time to the previously 2-13 Hartford Hawks, 74-68.

The offense is definitely clicking. Sixty-eight points is certainly enough to win a basketball game. Four players scored in double figures, led by Adrian Satchell who had team highs in points with 16, rebounds with five, and field goal percentage as he shot 70% (7-10). Chris De La Rosa added 12 points and Matt Spadafora and Shawn Grant each added 10 points.

But it’s the simple things that UMBC is having a hard-time doing. They’re struggling with defense, boxing out, creating turnovers, and pressuring the ball. All of that comes with time. You’d hope some of the freshman, who are apart of arguably the best freshman class UMBC has had, would have figured it out by now, but it does not seem to be the case yet.