No team in America East has given UMBC more headaches than Vermont. Take out the three wins recorded in the 2008 title season and UMBC has just one additional win in 17 attempts. Both teams are coming off league victories on Thursday- UMBC snapped a four-game drought with a win over Binghamton, while Vermont won for the fifth time in six AEC outings in a nailbiter over Albany. Tip-off time is set for 1:00 p.m. and Paul Mittermeier will have the call on V1370 radio or www.fox1370.com. All home UMBC basketball games are streamed live on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: Perhaps UMBC (2-4, 3-15) learned the value of the 3-point field goal in the 64-58 victory over Binghamton. In four previous losses, the Retrievers allowed 33 trifectas, but they held Binghamton to 1 in just 5 attempts on Thursday. Guards Ryan Cook and Brian Neller scored 20 and 16 respectively and combined to tally the final 13 Retriever points of the game. Chase Plummer continues to lead UMBC in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg).
CATAMOUNT UPDATE: In a game which featured 12 second half lead changes, Vermont outlasted rival Albany, 73-69 at Patrick Gymansium on Thursday. The Catamounts hit 9-of-18 from behind the arc, including a Matt Glass trey with 31 seconds left, which sealed the victory. Vermont is getting balanced scoring and is led by the freshman McGlynn at 11.4 points per game. He hs been outstanding beyond the arc (37-of 89, 41.6%) and from the charity stripe (57-of-64, 89.1%).
WHO'S UP NEXT: The Retrievers complete the first half of league play at Boston U. on Wed., Jan. 25.