UMBC opens its ninth season of America East Conference play on Monday, Jan. 2 when the Retrievers visit New Hampshire. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium and Paul Mittermeier brings fans all the action on V1370 radio or www.fox1370.com.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC enters league play trying to halt a four-game losing streak after a 92-75 setback at Niagara. The Retrievers snapped out a a shooting funk, hitting 48 percent from the floor vs. the Purple Eagles and reaching the 70-point mark for the second time this season. Junior guards Ryan Cook and Brian Neller scored 26 and 16 points respectively against NU, but UMBC was victimized by 13 treys by their hosts. Cook now leads the Retrievers with 13.1 points per game as Chase Plummer's (12.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg) streak of seven straight games in double figures was halted.
WILDCAT UPDATE: New Hampshire will play its third home game in five days when they take on the Retrievers on Jan. 2. After dropping a 77-59 decision vs. Sacred Heart on Dec. 29, UNH improved to 4-2 at home and 5-6 overall with a 71-64 win over Colgate on Dec. 31. Guard Jordan Bronner, who entered that contest at 6.3 points per game, had 24 points against the Red Raiders. Post Brian Benson leads America East with 9.4 rebounds per game.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC opens America East play at home on Thursday, Jan. 5 when they entertain Albany. A day later, they head back north to take on Maine on Saturday, Jan. 7.