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Mike DeCourcy weighs in on the upcoming 2015 College Basketball season

Posted on 05 October 2015 by WNST Staff

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Did Suggs ball just a little too hard?

Posted on 03 May 2012 by Nestor Aparicio

The story broke fast and furiously this morning after Glenn Clark sent out the first tweet regarding a potential season-altering Achilles injury for Terrell Suggs. Within 20 minutes, the entire purple universe was made aware of our worst fears as Ravens fans – T Sizzle apparently balled too hard and appears to be lost for at least most of the 2012 season or worse.

So many questions and so little real information beyond Suggs telling Baltimore Ravens fans he’d be back on the field by November. Sure…we’ll see!

No. 55 isn’t a doctor but he’ll play one on the internet…

As a fan, I’m angry at Suggs’ brazen attempt to play basketball after the Ravens have essentially forbid him from doing so. WNST.net’s Drew Forrester says the team had a $250,000 “fine” placed into his contract for doing just that.

Of course, by mid-afternoon, more rumors surfaced that Suggs tore his Achilles running around cones in a gym as part of his training.

You can choose to believe whatever you like but either way this is a monumental blow to the Ravens’ chances of competing in the AFC and showing up with confetti under the dome in New Orleans next February.

Do we have the right to be angry as fans? Well, my Facebook community was more alarmed by the freak injury and far more agitated with “WTF’s?” than feel good, “Dear Sizzle, Get Well Soon” kinda messages.

But such is life in the era of social media and instant information and feedback. Much like the awful and tragic death of Junior Seau about 24 hours earlier, everyone with a Facebook status was opining about everything from suicide to concussions to amateur depression experts.

At some point, the truth will surface about both Suggs’ injury and the length and duration of his recovery. That will happen.

What can’t be faked or hidden for a week is how the Ravens’ defense and team will react and attempt to do the impossible – replace Terrell Suggs on the field for 40 to 60 snaps a week in September, October and perhaps beyond?

Enter a band of mighty men including Paul Kruger, Courtney Upshaw, Pernell McPhee, Sergio Kindle and a variety of other players who will need to step up their game and their pass rush in 2012.

It was certainly far from the minds of Ravens’ fans – or anyone in the front office – to believe that Suggs would be M.I.A. for the 2012 season earlier today.

But, alas, reality has set in for everyone involved.

And now the Ravens will be forced to pick up the pieces and John Harbaugh and new defensive coordinator Dean Pees will be calling “next man up.”

But we all know enough to state the obvious: the next man up won’t be as good as Terrell Suggs and the Ravens have taken a significant step backward in their pursuit of Super Bowl glory next February.

And Ray Lewis isn’t getting younger…

And neither is Ed Reed…

Is this the beginning of what can only be a let-down after four consecutive playoff and failed Super Bowl runs?

A shame all the way around…and certainly not the conversation the Baltimore Ravens or the fan base want to be having in early May.


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Loyola Hoops Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

Posted on 16 September 2011 by WNST Staff

Men’s Basketball Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

BALTIMORE – Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball will open its 2011-2012 season at Wake Forest and then play at 2011 Final Four participant Kentucky later in the season, Head Coach Jimmy Patsos announced today.

The Greyhounds will take on the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Demon Deacons in Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Friday, November 11, in their first game of the season. The schedule is subject to change, and game time and Loyola television information will be released on LoyolaGreyhounds.com in the next several days.

Just before Christmas, Loyola will play college basketball’s all-time wins leader, Kentucky, in Rupp Arena, on Thursday, December 22. The games against Wake Forest and Kentucky are two of the 10 non-conference games the Greyhounds will play before delving into the heart of their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference slate.

“We have put together a very competitive schedule,” Patsos said. “This is a tough schedule with games that will test us early in our non-conference schedule. We know that playing teams in marquee conferences helps us in recruiting, and it also prepares us for the league.”

Loyola’s first intercollegiate contest will be Thursday, November 3, when it hosts Indiana (Pa.) in an exhibition game at Reitz Arena. Following the Wake Forest tilt, Loyola returns home for its regular-season home opener on Monday, November 14, against Coppin State.

A two-game road trip awaits the Greyhounds from that point. They travel across Baltimore to face UMBC on Thursday, November 17. Loyola will then take a pre-Thanksgiving trip to New England where it will face New Hampshire on Sunday, November 20.

Florida Gulf Coast comes to Reitz Arena on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 27, for Loyola’s final game of the season’s first month.

MAAC action opens a few days later as Loyola hosts Marist on Thursday, December 1. The Greyhounds head to Central New York on Saturday, December 3, to face Siena.

A game in the Nation’s Capital against George Washington on Wednesday, December 7, brings the Greyhounds back into non-conference play. After that contest, they will play at Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, December 10, before taking an 11-day break for final exams.

The Kentucky game will be the penultimate of 2011, as Loyola closes the year on the road at Bucknell on Wednesday, December 28.

League play dominates the next eight weeks, starting with a three-game homestand against a trio of MAAC opponents. Niagara is first up on that agenda on Monday, January 2, followed by a Thursday, January 5 game versus Manhattan. The Greyhounds close the homestand with a Saturday, January 7 match-up against Canisius.

The Greyhounds’ first roadtrip of 2012 may prove to be one of its most difficult, as they leave Baltimore to face teams that finished first and tied for second in last year’s MAAC standings. Fairfield will host Coach Patsos and his side on Friday, January 13, and Iona greets Loyola on Sunday, January 15.

Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for a pair of games, Thursday, January 19 against Siena, and Sunday, January 22 versus defending MAAC Champion Saint Peter’s, before heading back on the road for two more.

The Greyhounds will make their annual two-game swing to Western New York for games on Friday, January 27 at Niagara and Sunday, January 29 at Canisius.

Loyola returns to Reitz Arena on Friday, February 3, to host Rider before going to Jersey City to play at Saint Peter’s on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5.

The Greyhounds then welcome Iona and Fairfield on Friday, February 10, and Sunday, February 12, respectively, and head to Marist on Wednesday, February 15.

The final home game of the season will take place on either Friday or Saturday, February 17 or 18, when Loyola hosts a BracketBuster game at Reitz Arena. In the past, the Greyhounds have faced the likes of Towson,Drexel, New Hampshire, UC-Davis and Tennessee State in those contests.

Loyola closes the regular-season with three consecutive road games. It visits Marist on Wednesday, February 15, followed by a trip to Rider on Friday, February 24, and Manhattan on Friday, February 26.

The league will host the 2012 MAAC Championships in a new location this year, playing the tournament at the Basketball Hall of Fame and the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Maac-achusetts begins on Thursday, March 1, and the conference champion will be crowned on Monday, March 5.


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Six Retrievers Score In Double Figures In Shocking 79-50 Victory Over New Hampshire

Posted on 25 February 2010 by WNST Interns

The Retrievers showed they still have fight left in them. With their position in the America East Conference Tournament locked (they were in the 8 vs. 9 play-in-game against Albany no matter what the result was) the team had two goals in their season finale: Don’t finish in last place and go into the tournament with some momentum.

With the victory the Retrievers are just an Albany loss away from the eighth seed in the America East Conference tournament, meaning they were not the worst in their conference. They lost to Albany two times this season, but those were the Great Danes only conference victories.

But after not even being competitive against Binghamton, getting the win and playing well means so much more going into the conference tournament next weekend.

Against New Hampshire the Retrievers had both their best offensive and defensive night of the season, scoring a season high 79 points and holding New Hampshire to a season low (in terms of points allowed) 50 points.

Sophomore guard Chris De La Rosa scored a game high 23 points and had seven assists as he led five other player in double figures to a victory. Brian Neller made three threes for 11 points while Chauncey Gilliam had his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Robbie Jackson, Matt Spadafora, and Shawn Grant all scored 10 points.

UMBC just could not be stopped in the first half. They shot 66.7% from the floor and 75% from behind the line. Meanwhile, New Hampshire shot just 30.8%, and that dropped to 29.6% in the second half.

After two early four shots by Russell Graham in the first minute, UMBC got the lead and never looked back. They led by 22 points at the half and built it up to 33 with just 10 minutes to go in the game.

The Retrievers simply just out hustled the Wildcats. They out-rebounded New Hampshire 43-33, had 32 points in the pain, and 14 second chance points.

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Gilliam’s 21 Points Isn’t Enough In UMBC’s 81-61 Loss

Posted on 21 February 2010 by WNST Interns

Sophomore guard Chauncey Gilliam came back from a concussion and scored 21 points and made a career high seven steals but the team could not get enough going on either end of the court as the men’s basketball team fell to Binghamton, 81-61.

Binghamton freshman Dylan Talley scored a career high 22 points against UMBC in their last outing, this time he set a new mark, scoring 25 in just 27 minutes of action.

Junior Mahamoud Jabbi also set a career high so 20 points while also grabbing 11 rebounds.

After missing their first few shots, UMBC fell behind 8-0, and the game was essentially over already. The closest they got after that was withing three, but it only took Binghamton three minutes to get a double-digit lead that would last the rest of the game.

The closest UMBC would get in the second half was 15.

They will finish their regular season at New Hampshire on Wednesday, February 24.

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Diminished UMBC Men’s Basketball Team Just Doesn’t Have Enough To Hold Lead Against Stony Brook

Posted on 16 February 2010 by WNST Interns

As if the Retrievers weren’t going to have enough trouble against conference leading Stony Brook, they had to take the floor without two starters, leading scorer Chauncey Gilliam, and sophomore forward Jake Wasco.

But despite being without those two players UMBC came out fired up, hoping to send the lone senior, Matt Spadafora, out with a win in his final home game at UMBC. They led for the majority of the first half and held Stony Brook’s offense in check as just two players, Muhammad El-Amin (15 first half points) and Chris Martin (13 first half points) could get anything going.

With just over three minutes remaining in the first half Stony Brook took their first lead and went into the half with a four point lead.

But the lack of available players took it’s toll on UMBC as the players came out tired and let Stony Brook go on a 26-11 run to start the second half.

If it wasn’t for their continuous defensive struggles, UMBC could have come out on top as they scored 72 points in the game.

Four players scored in double-figures, led by Chris De La Rosa with 20. The others were freshman Shawn Grant, who scored 17 in place of Gilliam in the starting lineup, Robbie Jackson with 12 points, and the senior Spadafora went out with 10 points and six rebounds.

But Stony Brook’s offense could only be contained so long. They shots 58.3% in the second half and 60.0% in in the second half from three-point range. El-Amin led the team with 26 points while Martin ended with 17. Bryan Dougher scored 14 and Columbia native and River Hill graduate Tommy Brenton scored 10 points and had 11 rebounds.

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UMBC Men’s Basketball Gets Shutdown By Albany in 75-62 Defeat

Posted on 13 February 2010 by WNST Interns

It only took Albany seven minutes to jump out to a ten point lead over the UMBC men’s basketball team, and from there on it was not even close and led by as many as 18 in the first half. UMBC was able to pull within just six points in the second half but could not match the offensive explosion from the Great Danes.

Albany shot an astounding 52.9% from the floor and made six three-pointers in the game while UMBC shot just 35.7% from the floor and just 15.0% from three-point range.

Albany senior forward Scotty McRae scored a career high 21 points while coming off the bench while fellow reserve Tim Ambrose came just four assists away from a triple double as she scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds. Freshman point-guard Mike Black added 15 points and four assists.

UMBC guard Chauncey Gilliam scored in double-digits in his 10th straight game with a 15 points performance, all of which came in the second half, while fellow sophomore Chris De La Rosa led UMBC with 19 points and three assists. Forwards Robbie Jackson (nine points, six rebounds) and Adrian Satchell (eight points, eight rebounds) also contributed solid offensive efforts. But UMBC just three other players score in the game, combining for 11 points.

UMBC just could not stop the Albany offense and were beat back on defense all night. They were out-rebounded 44-32 and gave up 15 fast break points, four of which were from two crowd silencing dunks from Ambrose with 6:10 and 2:45 left in the game.

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Gilliam Scored A Career High 26 In 78-70 Win Over Hartford

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Gilliam Scored A Career High 26 In 78-70 Win Over Hartford

Posted on 11 February 2010 by WNST Interns

Sophomore Chauncey Gilliam scored over 20 points for his fifth time this season as he set a new career high with 26 points.

After what may have been their worst performance of the season against Maine, the UMBC men’s basketball team bounced back to get their third win of the season as they beat their 2007 championship opponent Hartford Harks on the road, 78-70.

Sophomore guard Chauncey Gilliam broke out of a shooting slump in which he shot just 6-of-25 (24%) in his last three games with a 6-of-11 (54.5%) performance from the field as he netted a career high 26 points. Half of his field goals came from three-point range as he went 3-of-5 (60%) and he helped the team out with an 11-of-15 (78.5%) performance from the free throw line in 27 minutes of action. He also came up just one rebound away from a double-double as he grabbed nine.

Fellow guard Chris De La Rosa scored 16 of his 22 points in the half while also adding five assists, four rebounds, and two steals in the game.

In the first half UMBC broke out to an 8-2 advantage and went into half-time with a 33-25 lead. It took Hartford nearly four minutes to get their first score of the second half while UMBC went on a 8-0 run to put the Retrievers ahead by 16 points.

Hartford was able to cut the lead to just five points with a minute left, largely due to seven three’s and 29 points by Joe Zeglinski and 15 points by Morgan Sabia, but UMBC hit their last seven free throws to close out the win.

While the UMBC defense game up 70 points, they stepped up to play one of their best games of the season. Hartford could not get much going from the field as they shot just 38.2% in the game and 34.3% from three-point range. But they did not help their cause as they only made it to the free throw line 17 times, making just six attempts as they shot 35.3%.

UMBC however thrived from the free throw line. De La Rosa went 14-of-15 (93.3%) while the team made it a total of 53 times, making 39 of their attempts (73.6%).

While the Retrievers still trailed in the rebounding totals, they only came up with four less than Hartford and won the rebounding contest on Hartford shots, 31-18.

With the win UMBC picked up their third win of the season but more importantly their second against conference opponents.

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UMBC Men’s Basketball Barely Shows Up In 84-63 Loss To Maine

Posted on 09 February 2010 by WNST Interns

When you’re giving it all you have game in and game out and are only 2-21 and 1-9 in your conference how do you stay motivated?

Until this game UMBC was playing competitive ball, and even if they were losing by a big margin they were still hustling and giving it their all, but against Maine the team came out of the locker room completely flat and never seemed to get anything going on either side of the court.

Just eight days ago UMBC pulled of an improbable and beat the first place Maine team on their home court, 56-55. But UMBC would have no such luck this time out and Maine got their revenge as they outplayed the Retrievers for 40 minutes, having UMBC their 22nd loss of the season, 84-63.

By the looks of the first minute one would have thought UMBC may have been on the road to another upset victory over Maine as they made both of their shots and drew a charge on Maine to jump out to a 4-0 lead. But there were stil 39 minutes of basketball left.

Maine made a quick turn around and went on a 12-0 run in just four minutes, and the game quickly got out of hand from there.

With 9:37 left Maine jumped out to a double-digit lead, and five minutes later they kept a double-digit lead for good. They went into the half leading by 13 points and with 5:58 remaining in the game they built up to a 38 point advantage.

After that moment Maine coach Ted Woodward called his rotation players to the bench and gave five rarely used players some time. UMBC managed to outscore that unit by 17 points but it was too little too late as the Retrievers lost by 21 points.

While the UMBC offense struggled to get much going in the game, the defense had no answers for the Maine offense which shot 53.3% from the field.

Sophomore guard Gerald McLemore tied a career high making seven three-pointers in a game high 25 point outing. Sean McNally (14 points), Murphy Burnatowski (11), and Junior Bernal (11) also proved to be too much for the UMBC defense.

This season UMBC’s other problem aside from defense has been rebounding and this game was no exception. UMBC was out-rebounded 47-20 and they only managed five offensive boards in the game.

The offense managed to pick up a fair amount of points in dead time when the Maine reserves were in which made the 63 point effort look fair, but before that moment UMBC only managed 38 points.

The team’s lone senior, Matt Spadafora, led the team with 14 points while sophomores guard Chris De La Rosa and Chauncey Gilliam each had 10. De La Rosa also came up just one assist shy of a double-double.

While Gilliam scored in double-digits in his eight straight game, he has been in a terrible shooting slump which hit a low in the game as he was just 1-of-7 from the field. His lone field goal came with under one minute remaining on a fast break steal he created.

In the last three games he is just 6-of-25 from the field but has made the most of his free throw opportunities, going 25-of-28 in that span.

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Robbie Jackson's Shot With One Second Left Scored UMBC The Upset Victory Over First Place Maine

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Robbie Jackson’s Shot With One Second Left Scored UMBC The Upset Victory Over First Place Maine

Posted on 30 January 2010 by WNST Interns

Robbie Jackson scored the game winning basket with 1.4 seconds left to give UMBC a 56-55 upset victory over conference leading Maine.

With 1:12 remaining the the game the UMBC men’s basketball team’s dreams of an upset of first place Maine looked to be gone as Black Bear point guard Junior Bernal stole the ball from Chris De La Rosa, took it up the court for a fast break lay-up, and was fouled on the play.  Until this point UMBC did not trail after the first two minutes, but were on the wrong end of a big momentum swing.

But Bernal’s free throw did not go down, giving UMBC a breath of life.  With 31 seconds Maine’s Andrew Rogers had the ball off an inbound pass following a timeout, and was immediately fouled.  With the shot clock off he had a chance to force UMBC to make a three-pointer for a win, but missed both attempts.  UMBC’s 7’0″ center Robbie Jackson battled for the rebound, and gave UMBC one more shot at a win.

He passed the ball to De La Rosa, who this time made sure no Maine player was around for a steal.  He dribbled the clock down and with four seconds left he was met with a triple team.  But when a team puts more than one defender on a player that leaves another guy open.  De La Rosa somehow found that man wide open on the baseline, who was the guy who started the play, Jackson.  He took three steps forward and with 1.4 seconds remaining he put UMBC ahead by one point after a layup and with not enough time for Maine to get the ball back down for a shot, he sealed UMBC their second victory of the season, and first victory against an America East opponent, breaking an 11 game skid.

When a first place team lets a last place team hang around, it usually does not end well for them, and that was the case in this game.  Maine can out flat and let UMBC hang around the entire game.  While they tied the game at the half, they let UMBC regain the lead, letting them be in the drivers seat.  The Black Bears came out very flat in the game and combined with the UMBC defense stepping up they only shot 32.1% from the field, and 28% from three-point range.

UMBC however was very energized, playing as if they were on an 11 game winning streak rather than losing streak.  But the two players who stepped up the most were both freshman, Adrian Satchell and Brian Neller.  Satchell has started all 22 games for UMBC this season and had shown flashes of greatness.  He recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, but also chipped in two steals and two blocks.  Neller has also shown signs of being a good player, but more often than not his time was limited for very frustrating decisions.  But against Maine he provided 12 points off the bench by hitting four three-pointers, shooting 50% in the game.

Clearly UMBC was desperate for a win, and caught a flat Maine team for their second win, and first conference win of the season.  They will have a week off before their next game, which will be Hall of Fame day as they will take on Vermont in the RAC.  They will then have their rematch against Maine for a second straight home game.

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