There is not any better time for the UMBC men's basketball team to prove they can play the defensive side of the game as the Retrievers travel to Rider for a Wednesday, Dec. 8 match-up at Alumni Gym. UMBC (0-7) is third from the bottom nationally in field goal percentage defense (50%), while Rider (5-4) is 25th in field goal efficiency (49%). Fans can catch all the action on Fox 1370 Sports Radio (www.fox1370.com) with Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier on the call, beginning with the pregame show at 7:25 p.m.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: Top-ten power U.Conn outscored UMBC, 13-3, to open the second half and defeated UMBC, 94-61, at the XL Center on Dec. 3. UMBC did managed 15 second-chance points on 18 offensive caroms in the game. Guard Travis King kept his season-long double figures streak in tact by scoring a team-high 14 points vs. the Huskies. King is ranked 13th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (52.9%).
BRONC UPDATE: Rider also met a Big East team over the weekend--third-ranked Pittsburgh. Despite a career-high 24 points by senior Mike Ringgold, the Broncs dropped an 87-69 decision. Rider has posted impressive wins over USC, TCU, and Loyola-Marymount in a five-day span this season. Senior guard Justin Robinson leads Rider with 15.1 points per game, followed by Ringgold at 14.2 ppg. Seven Broncs have hit five or more treys through nine games.
Who's Up Next: UMBC returns home for the first time since Nov. 20 on Saturday, Dec. 11 when they host local rival Towson at the RAC Arena. Tip-off time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Stingy: In the championship campaign of 2007-08, UMBC was second (9.64) and first (1.57) in turnovers per gameand assist-to-turnover ratio respectively. UMBC was third in the nation in turnovers per game (9.8) and 13th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.33) in 2008-09. Last season, UMBC maintained its proficiency, and finished 25th in the ation in (fewest) turnovers per game (11.4).
However, UMBC has committed 20 turnovers in back-to-back games at Duquesne (Nov. 27) and Penn (No. 30), a transgression which has not occurred since Dec. 12 and Dec. 16 of 2006, when the Retrievers turned it over 22 times each in losses at George Washington and Marquette. UMBC cleaned things up some, committing only 13 miscues at U. Conn.
Hey, Rook: Forward Adrian Satchell became UMBC's second-ever selection to the all-rookie team, joining Jay Greene (2005-06) as the only Retriever to earn that distinction. He was the lone freshman in the league to start each of his team's games and was the leading freshman rebounder in America East with 5.1 per game.
Point Guard U.: Guard Chris De La Rosa's recorded 153 assists in his first season with the Retriever, the seventh-best in a single season in school history. He led the America East Conference with 5.1 assists per game and was second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.20). De La Rosa leads America East this season with 7.0 assists per game and is currently ranked seventh in the nation.
On the Comeback Trail: Forward Justin Fry and wing Jamar Wertz received medical red-shirts after missing all of the 2009-10 campaign and are expected to compete this season. Fry, who averaged 5.8 points per game in three seasons, will compete as a graduate student, while Wertz will have four years of eligibility remaining.
Fry is the last remaining member of the 2007-08 America East championship team, which made UMBC's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Head of the Class: Two additional graduate students will join the Retrievers, each competing in their fourth and final years of eligibility. Guard Travis King, a three-year letterwinner at George Washington and forward Laurence Jolicoeur, who earned three letters at Manhattan, will provide experience and guidance for the six underclassmen on the roster.
UMBC is believed to be the first NCAA Division I men's institution to have three graduate students competing on the men's basketball team in a single season.
Road Winning Streak In Tact: UMBC's 29-point road win at UNH on Feb. 24 was the Retrievers' largest margin of victory in seven seasons of America East Conference play. It was also their second-largest road victory in their 24-year NCAA Division I history.
Heart of Champions: Despite an opening round loss to eventual champion Vermont last season, UMBC has an 8-6 all-time America East Tournament record.
Buy Some Windex!!!: UMBC finished next-to-last in the nation in rebound margin (-9.6 per game) in the 2009-10 season. Their current rebound margin stands at -2.7.
Paychecks: Four former Retrievers excelled overseas in 2009-10. Darryl Proctor, '09, scored 18.4 points per game in the regular season (15.2 during the playoffs) and earned an all-star selection in the Danish Canal Digital League. Teammate Ray Barbosa, '09, is competing in his second season for the Bayamón Cowboys of the National Superior Basketball League in Puerto Rico. Andrew Feeley, '05, helped his Slovenian team advance to that country's Super Cup finals before a move in January of 2010 to the French professional club Antibes. Mike Housman, '07, enjoyed his second successful tour of duty in Japan and won a title with the Toyota Tsusho Fighting Eagles.
Silver Anniversary: The Retrievers are competing in their 44th season of intercollegiate basketball and 25th at the NCAA Division-I level (1986-87). UMBC has won 476 and dropped 679 (.411) and are 283-410 (.408) since 1986-87. The Retrievers enter their eighth season in the America East Conference, after stints as an independent (1986-90), the East Coast Conference (1990-92), the Big South Conference (1992-98) and the Northeast Conference (1998-2003).
The America East Conference, the University of Hartford and Newman's Own, Inc. announced that Newman's Own, Inc. will serve as the title sponsor of the 2011 America East Men's and Women's Basketball Championship, slated for March 3-6, 2011 at the University of Hartford.
Battle-Tested: Over the last four-plus seasons, UMBC is 25-15 (.625) in games decided by five points or less.
Captain's Picks: Justin Fry, Travis King and Chris De La Rosa have been appointed as team captains for the 2010-11 Retrievers.
Out of Action: Sophomore guard Nick Groce suffered a broken foot during a mid-October practice. He underwent surgery and is out of the lineup indefinetely.
Long Time Coming: UMBC's 29-point road win at UNH on Feb. 24 was the Retrievers' largest margin of victory in seven seasons of America East Conference play. It was also their second-largest road victory in their 24-year NCAA Division I history.
Margin of Victory (America East Conference)
29 UMBC 79, @UNH 50 (Feb. 24, 2010)
24 @UMBC 78, Hartford 54 (Jan. 10, 2004) 21 @UMBC 83, Maine 62 (Jan. 22, 2006)
Road Margin of Victory (1986-current)
36 UMBC 85, @ FDU 49 (Jan. 8, 2000)
29 UMBC 79, @UNH 50 (Feb. 24, 2010)
28 UMBC 77, @ Sacred Heart, 49
(Feb. 19, 2000)
Like the Black Unis?: All four of UMBC's wins in 2009-10 came on the road and the Retrievers were 3-1 in their last four road contests last season.
Those Guys Can Shoot: The 94 points allowed by UMBC in a season opener is the most since a 103-80 loss at Maryland to open the 1992-93 season.
Bad Habit: Through seven games, UMBC has allowed 596 points, the second-most in 25 years of NCAA Division I competition. The 1991-92 team allowed 639 points in its first six games. That squad would score plenty of points of its own, averaging a school-record best 81.9 points per game and going on to an 8-4 record in their final season in the East Coast Conference.
Bad Habits, Part II: UMBC allowed five of its last six opponents to hit 50 percent or better from the floor. and Retriever foes have made exactly half of their attempts this year (194 of 288). Dating back to last season, eight of UMBC's last 11 opponents have hit 50 percent or better from the field vs. the Retrievers.
UMBC allowed the most points by an opponent since Dec. 23 of 2002 in its 101-69 loss at Duquesne on Nov. 27. Maryland defeated UMBC, 101-60 in the Retrievers' final year in the Northeast Conference... Duquesne scored 36 points off a season-high 20 UMBC miscues.
Doubling Their Pleasure: Justin Fry (15 pts./11 rebs.) and Laurence Jolicoeur (16 pts./10 rebs.) each posted double-doubles in the opener vs. VMI. Fry was also a part of the dynamic duo the last time that UMBC had two players with double-digit rebounds in the same game. Fry (10) and Darryl Proctor (11) combined for 21 caroms in the 2009 America East quarterfinal win over Boston U. (3-7-09).
Fresh Frosh: Freshman post Chase Plummer is the first UMBC freshman in 25 seasons of NCAA Division I basketball to score in double figures in his first threeintercollegiate contests. Peter Mulligan was the last Retriever to debut with two straight games in double figures as he scored 24 vs. Towson and 17 vs. Loyola in the first two games of the 2000-01 campaign. Plummer earned his first collegiate start at Coppin State on Nov. 23 and responded with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Since that game, however, Plummer has managed only four points (2-of-10 fg) in his last three outings.
He's 5'10"?: Chris De La Rosa recorded his second career double-double with a career-high 30 points and a career-best 11 rebounds on Nov. 20 vs. Central Connectcut. He became UMBC's first 30-point scorer since Darryl Proctor tallied 33 in America East quarterfinals vs. Boston (3-8-09).
De La Rosa came within one rebound of posting the second triple-double in UMBC's 25-year NCAA Division I history with 14 points, 11 assists and 9 rebounds at Coppin State on Nov. 23. He has 55 points in his two appearances vs. Central Connecticut State and 22 assists in his two contests vs. Coppin State.
De La Rosa leads America East in assists (7.0), is fifth in minutes played per game (35.3), and is 11th in points per game (13.9).
The King's Court: Travis King has gotten off to a strong start from the floor through seven games. He has hit 36 of 62 shots from the floor (58.1%) and 18 of 34 from behind the arc (52.9%). (see more, page 9) He has posted two 20-point games in his last four outings after none in his first 92 appearances in his career.
Boardin': The 52 rebounds corralled by UMBC vs. Coppin State (Nov. 23) is the most by a Retriever team since the 2001-02 season. UMBC amassed 55 caroms vs. Monmouth on Jan. 26, 2002. They had two other 50+ rebound performances since that point. All ten Retrievers that played had at least one carom. UMBC is -3 in rebound margin in its last five games (-2.7 for the season, including -12 at U.Conn) after finishing next-to-last in rebound margin in the nation in 2009-10.
Modest Mark: The 12-of-12 performance at the free throw line at Penn on Nov. 30 was the most a Retriever team has converted without misfiring in school history. The previous mark of 100 percent occurred on Jan. 22, 1990, when UMBC hit 8-of-8 vs. St. Francis (Pa.). After a dismal 14-of-29 effort at Coppin State on Nov. 23, the Retrievers are 34 of 38 (89.5%) in its last three outings.