The ‘new’ math

December 23, 2007 | WNST Interns

So, let me see if I’ve got this straight …

UMBC beats American in men’s basketball.

American beats Maryland.

Therefore, by the commutative theory of relativity — or some such nonsense, learned in third grade and long since banished to the far reaches of my cluttered brain — UMBC can not only hang with its bigger brother from College Park, but thoroughly thump its shell.

Still not convinced? Look at this afternoon’s UMBC thrashing of Hampton, a team that hung around with Maryland for most of a game (well, before things in the la-ti-da non-conference side of the GaryLand schedule went south). Hampton was barely beated by the Terps and then routed by the Retrievers.

Well, as much of a rout as it can be when you’re down to nine healthy players, two of whom rarely play, except in the waning seconds of blowouts. Coach Randy Monroe deserves kudos for his team’s gut-check victory over the Pirates.