Men's Basketball Hosts Regional Rival American on Tuesday
The Retrievers face the preseason Patriot League favorites, the American University Eagles, for the fourth time in four seasons in a regionally-televised game (MASN) at the RAC Arena on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The road team has won in each of the past three meetings, including UMBC's 59-57 win at American in the wake of a East Coast blizzard last season. Fans can catch all the action on Fox 1370 Sports Radio (www.fox1370.com) and umbcretrievers.tv with Paul Mittermeier on the call, beginning with the pregame show at 7:25 p.m.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC rebounded from a poor offensive performances at Rider and shot a season-high 50 percent from the floor vs. Towson on Saturday, but the Retrievers dropped an 86-77 decision to the Tigers. Towson scored 53 second-half points and the Retrievers have failed to hold the first nine opponents under the 70-point plateau this season.
EAGLE UPDATE: American won its first five games, but has dropped three in a row entering play tonight. AU has been off (final exams) since a Dec. 5 67-48 loss vs. Florida. Senior forward Vlad Moldoneanu averages 20.3 ppg for the Eagles, while Univ. of Georgia transfer Troy Brewer is at 12.4 points per game and 8.8 rebounds per contest.
Who's Up Next: UMBC officially begins the exam period on Dec. 15 and the Retrievers will next compete on Saturday, Dec. 18 at Morgan State. The game time has been moved to 4:00 p.m. at Hill Field House.
Inside the Series
The last three meetings have all resulted in road victories for the visitors.
Last season, Chris De La Rosa's left elbow jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining broke a 57-all tie and gave the Retrievers a 59-57 victory at American on Dec. 20.
De La Rosa scored 11 points, dished out five assists and committed no turnovers in 34 minutes of action.
The game was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, but 20 inches of snow in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area forced a one-day postponement.
UMBC hit 14 of 29 shots from the floor in the second half and finished at 42.4 percent for the game. The Retrievers committed only three second half turnovers (eight for the game) and forced 10 second-half Eagle miscues. American shot only 35.2 percent from the floor for the contest.