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Ryan Cook Named to America East Second Team
ALBANY- UMBC senior guard Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) has been named to the America East Conference Second Team, it was announced on the eve of the league tournament.
Cook is currently fourth in America East in scoring at 15.0 points per game. He is also second in free-throw percentage (84.0%) and has also climbed to ninth in field goal percentage (44.7%) by hitting 19 of his last 37 shots (51.3%) over the past three games.
The 6’2” guard has now scored in double figures in 73 of 109 collegiate contests and has amassed 1.431 career points.
“Ryan earned this award through the hard work he has put into the game of basketball,” head coach Aki Thomas said. “He is a great teammate and a true basketball player. I am very proud of Ryan and all that he has been able to accomplish while wearing a Retriever uniform.”
Cook becomes the 13th Retriever to earn a postseason America East All-Conference honor in ten years of league competition. He becomes UMBC’s third consecutive second team honoree, following Chris De La Rosa in 2010-11 and Chase Plummer in 2011-12.
Cook concluded the season with a 24-point effort vs. Binghamton, UMBC’s top point production in a league game in 2012-13. He became just the seventh different Retriever in the past decade to score 400 or more points in a season (434).
He is also currently second in school history in free throw percentage (.847) and has the fifth-and seventh-best single seasons in UMBC school history (.857, 2011-12, .840, 2012-13).
The sixth-seeded Retrievers face No. 3 Hartford in the America East quarterfinals on Saturday at 2;00 p.m.