UMBC freshman forward Chase Plummer (Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick) has been named America East Conference Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week for games ending Nov. 21, 2010. Plummer and the Retrievers will face Coppin State in the Eagles' home opener on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the new Physical Education Complex.
Fans can catch all the action on Fox 1370 Sports Radio (www.fox1370.com) with Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier on the call.
Plummer became UMBC's first freshman in 25 years of Division I basketball to score in double figures in his first three contests with a season-high 14-point effort vs. Central Connecticut on Nov. 20. He scored 12 of UMBC's first 22 points in the game and added season high eight caroms.
Earlier in the week, Plummer scored 11 points and added four rebounds and two steals at Loyola. Coming off the bench, the 6-6 forward is averaging 12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game and is shooting 51.7 percent (15 of 29) from the floor.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: Through 30 minutes of its first three games, UMBC has trailed by six points or less to VMI, Loyola, and Central Connecticut, but could get over the hump and suffered double-digit losses to the Keydets (94-77) and Greyhounds (83-72) and an eight-point setback at the hands of the Blue Devils. Retriever opponents have hit 50 percent (88 of 176) of their shots from the floor and over 74 percent (61 of 82) from the charity stripe. Four Retrievers are averaging in double figures and newcomers Travis King (15.0 ppg, 51.9% fg) and Chase Plummer (12.7 ppg, 51.7% fg) are hitting better than 50 percent from the floor.
EAGLE UPDATE: Coppin State's numbers are similar to UMBC's--opponents are shooting well vs. the Eagles in losses at Oklahoma (77-57) and at Towson (89-74). Junior wing Michael Harper has scored 18 points in each game to date and has hit 15 of 29 shots (51.7%) from the field.
Who's Up Next: The Retrievers compete at Duquesne on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Inside the Series
Four Retrievers scored in double figures, but a first half drought put UMBC in a double-digit halftime hole, and Coppin State's Vince Goldsberry scored 18 points to lead five Eagles players in double figures as Coppin State (4-1) defeated UMBC 77-66, on Nov. 24, 2009.
UMBC jumped out to a 7-0 lead and were in front, 18-14 at the 8:35 mark of the first half. But the Eagles made nine of their last 14 shots of the half and the Retrievers made only three of their final 14 and Coppin State took a 36-25 halftime advantage.
Chris De La Rosa posted a double-double with career highs in points (12) and assists (11).