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MEN'S BASKETBALL JETS WEST TO TAKE ON SAN FRANCISO, SANTA CLARA
The UMBC men's basketball team, having just completed final exams, heads to the west coast for a pair of games on Saturday and Monday. On Saturday, UMBC will face San Francisco (6-4), and then on Monday, the Retrievers will face nemesis Santa Clara (currently 6-3).
It will be the first meeting ever between the Retrievers and the Dons, a team which is riding a three-game winning streak after a thrashing of Sonoma State on Tuesday. The two squads have a common foe, Delaware, a squad which USF defeated, 74-72, in Newark on November 30, while the Retrievers fell to the Blue Hens, 74-62 on December 6.
UMBC will face a familiar rival in Santa Clara. The Broncos and Retrievers have met for the past two seasons, and SCU has come up with a pair of last second one-point victories. In the 2001 Cable Car Classic, Kyle Bailey's shot with a second to play lifted the hosts to a 59-58 win over UMBC, and last season, Retriever guard Kareem Washington's potential game-winning layup was blocked at the buzzer and Santa Clara prevailed, 55-54.
The Retrievers just snapped a three-game losing streak with a 64-56 win at Towson on Saturday. Sophomore forward John Zito scored a career high 20 points as UMBC defeated the Tigers for the eighth straight time and the second time in three weeks.