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UMBC looks to snap losing streak to Stony Brook Wednesday

Posted on 18 February 2014 by WNST Staff

SET THE SCENE: UMBC (9-17, 5-8 America East) heads back to the road to face Stony Brook (18-8, 10-2) at Pritchard Gymnasium on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The Retrievers are looking to snap an eleven-game slide versus the Seawolves. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m, video streaming is available via the America East digital network.   

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC, which fell, 76-52, at Vermont on Saturday, has bounced back from its last three setbacks with victories and is 4-3 in its last seven outings.   FR G Rodney Elliott continues to put up staggering first-season numbers and is four points shy of recording the third-most points for Retriever Division I freshmen. Classmate post David Kadiri had a solid week, averaging 9.5 ppg and 7.5 rebounds per contest.

SEAWOLF UPDATE: Stony Brook shook off a rare home conference loss to UNH last Wednesday (73-69) and edged UMass Lowell, 78-68, on the road on Saturday. SO post Jameel Warney is the dominant post player in America East, averaging 15.1 points and 8.3 caroms per game. He is amongst the nation’s leaders, shooting 63.9% from the floor. Three guards (Anthony Jackson, Carson Puriefoy and Dave Coley) all average in double figures for the Seawolves.

WHO’S UP NEXT:  UMBC plays its final home game of the season on Saturday, Feb. 22, when they host Binghamton. The Retrievers will honor seniors Quentin Jones, Chase Plummer, Brett Roseboro and Jamar Wertz, who was unable to compete this season.  Tip-off time will be adjusted to approximately 7:10 p.m.

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UMBC hits road to face Duquesne Wednesday night

Posted on 03 December 2013 by WNST Staff

UMBC opens a four-game road swing at Duquesne on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The Retrievers will not return home until Dec. 30 when they complete a home-and-home series with Navy. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.


RETRIEVER UPDATE:  UMBC snapped a three-game slide with a 64-59 victory over UMES on Monday at the RAC Arena. Four Retrievers scored in double figures and the squad hit 16-of-23 shots from the floor in the second half to rally from a four-point halftime deficit. All three of UMBC’s wins have occured when the team trailed at intermission. Freshman post David Kadiri led UMBC witih 21 points in just 24 minutes vs. the Hawks. Classmate Rodney Elliott, a combo-guard, added 10 and leads the Retrievers at 13.0 points per game.


DUKE UPDATE:  The Dukes come into the game with a 2-3 overall record, and a 2-1 record at home. They also have a 1-1 record against America East opponents,with a setbck versus UNH (84-81) and a victory over Albany (70-59). Senior forward Ovie Soko leads the Dukes in points per game with 18.0 and rebounds per game with 10.2 on the season. Soko contributed 23 points and 13 rebounds in the win versusAlbany. Junior guard Tra’Vaughn White comes into the game averaging 14.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Derrick Colter comes in leading the Dukes in assists with 14 and 3-point field goals made with 10. He contributed 23 points in the team’s opener against Abilene Christian.


Who’s Up Next:  UMBC finishes its busy week, travelling to back to Pennsylvania for a Dec. 7 contest at Lehigh.

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Four more headed to UMBC including Elliott’s son

Posted on 26 April 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE- UMBC head men’s basketball coach Aki Thomas is pleased to announce that four additional prospective student-athletes have signed National Letters-of-Intent with the Retrievers’ program for the fall of 2013.

Coach Thomas and his staff have added guards Rodney Elliott, Jr. and Bryan Harris and posts Devarick Houston and David Kadiri to the roster. They will join fall 2012 signees Will Darley and Charles Taylor, Jr. and walk-on Ben Grace to give the Retrievers seven new faces for the 2013-14 season.

“It is a very large group,” Thomas said. “We tried to fill every position and were successful in doing that. I think they should mesh well with the guys we have returning.”

Rodney Elliott, Jr. is a 6’2”, 175-lb. point guard who competed on the varsity squad for four years at John Carroll High School and resides in Bel Air, Md. He led the No. 7 Patriots with 16.6 points per game and  also averaged 4.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.3 steals in his senior season.

Ellliott, Jr. closed out his high school career with 1,116 points, 287 assists and 171 steals and earned First Team All-Metro honors from The Baltimore Sun.  His father, Rodney Elliott, Sr., earned four letters at the University of Maryland and competed for Gary Williams’ Terrapins from 1994-98.

Harris, who stands at 6’2” and weighs in at 180 lbs., starred for Southern (Anne Arundel) High School  and graduated in 2011. The Oxon Hill, Md. native earned First Team All-MIAA honors in his junior and senior campaigns. He was a two-time team captain and Most Valuable Player and averaged a career-best 20 points per game and six assists per game in his senior campaign.

Harris attended and competed at Massanutten Military Academy in 2011-12 and averaged 24.0 points per game. He earned a scholarship at Wofford University in the fall of 2012, but left after the fall semester due to health concerns and to be closer to home.

Junior college transfer Devarick Houston comes to UMBC after two campaigns at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Ga. A native of Jonesboro, Ga., the 6’7”, 190-lb. power forward averaged 12.8 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per contest this past season. He also blocked 2.9 shots per outing and was ranked ninth in the nation in that category.  His squad ended the 2012-13 campaign at No. 14 in the nation with a record of 26-4.

Houston prepped at Mays High School and averaged 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals a game as a senior. Houston was a key player for a top-notch Mays program and helped the Raiders reach the Class AAAA championship game in 2010.

Kadiri attended Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. in his senior prep campaign. The 6’8”, 190-lb. Beltsville, Md. native’s squad finished 25-6 and won both the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association and D.C. State Athletic Association titles in 2013.

Kadiri averaged 13.7 points per game this winter and garnered 19 or more rebounds in three occasions. He earned DCIAA First Team honors and was tabbed to the Third Team All-Metro squad by The Washington Post.

Kadiri will become the first future Retriever to compete in the prestigious Capital Classic All-Star game. The 40th annual game is set for this Sunday, April 28 at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va.

Darley competed a post-graduate season at Fishburne (Va.) Military Academy, while Taylor did the same at Mount Zion in Baltimore.

The sharp-shooting Grace is also a Baltimore native and the 5’10” guard competed at The Gilman School.

“I feel it is very important to have players from this area attend UMBC,” Thomas said. “Local recruiting is something that I wanted to hone in on as soon as I took over.  There are a lot of really good basketball players in the area.”

We recruited some guys that go non-stop, love the game of basketball and are students of the game of basketball. We are happy with the outcome- we got all of our first choices. I am looking forward to working with them and getting them acclimated and moving forward.”


Name                            Pos.     Ht.      Wt.   Yr.   Hometown/HS/Previous School

Will Darley                    G         6-8      200    Fr.   Timonium,Md./Dulaney/Fishburne Acad.

Rodney Elliott, Jr.         G          6-2      175     Fr.    Bel Air, Md./John Carroll

Ben Grace*                   G         5-10    175     Fr.    Baltimore, Md./The Gilman School

Bryan Harris                  G         6-2     180     Fr.    Oxon Hill, Md./Southern/Massanutten Acad.

Devarick Houston          F          6-7      190     Jr.      Jonesboro, Ga./Mays/Chatttahoochee Tech

David Kadiri                  F/C       6-8      190     Fr.     Beltsville, Md./Coolidge

Charles Taylor, Jr.         G          6-4      185     Fr.     Haymarket, Va./Springbrook/Mount Zion

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