The young UMBC men's basketball team faces a stern early test after a quick turnaround as the Retrievers face host St. John's on Sunday, Nov. 13 at Carnesecca Arena. Six of the 11 Retrievers that competed in a 59-45 opening loss to Penn on Friday night were making their UMBC and NCAA Division I debuts. Radio coverage will be handled by Paul Mittermeier on V1370 (www.fox1370.com), and the contest is also available on ESPN-3, via STJ-TV. TIp-off time is set for 2:00 p.m.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: Sophomore forward Chase Plummer scored a career-best 15 points and added nine rebounds, but the Retrievers dropped a defensive battle, 59-45, to the visiting Penn Quakers in the opening game for both teams. UMBC struggled on the offensive end, committing 20 turnovers and hitting only 16 of 48 shots from the field (33.3 percent.) UMBC hung in the game by outrebounding the Quakers, 39-31, but only converted 11 offensive rebounds into five second-chance points.
RED STORM UPDATE: St. John's rallied from halftime deficits in contests vs. William & Mary on Monday and Lehigh on Wednesday to post victories of 74-59 and 78-73 respectively. Only seven Red Storm players have seen action to date. Six-foot-eight junior forward God'sgift Achiuwa leads four players averaging in double figures early with 19.0 points per game. Achiuwa and sophomore guard Nirudeen Lindsey have combined to hit 25 of 38 shots from the floor.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC returns home for a Nov. 17 date vs. Loyola (Md.). That game will be televised by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
* UMBC dropped its third consecutive season opener in the 59-45 loss to Penn on Nov. 11, 2011.
* The 59 points allowed by UMBC to the Quakers was the fewest permitted in over a season. The Retrievers defeated UNH, 79-50, on Feb. 24, 2010.
* UMBC did not his a 3-point field goal vs. Penn, going without a trey for the ninth time in school history. The last time UMBC did not convert from behind the arc was Dec. 30, 2008 at Saint Louis.
* The Retrievers have dropped seven consecutive games dating back to the 2010-11 campaign.
* UMBC has now allowed at least one opponent player to score 20 or more points in five of its last six contests.