Youth to Be Served as Men's Basketball Opens 2011-12 Campaign at Home vs. Ivy League Contender Penn
The UMBC men's basketball team tips off its 45th of varsity basketball as they welcome the Penn Quakers to RAC Arena on Friday, Nov. 11. Tip-off time is set for 7:35 p.m. The game is available on local television (ABC 2's Live Well Network) and on radio and the web at V1370 (AM)/www.v1370.com. Live streaming with full audio play-by-play and multiple cameras at www.umbcretrievers.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: Freshman guard Joey Getz scored 15 points and added six assists to lead UMBC to a 73-51 victory over The College of New Jersey in an exhibition game played at the RAC Arena on Nov. 5. Getz hit all five of his shots from the floor , including one from behind the arc, and all four at the charity stripe. Classmate center Nate Basalyga hit six-of-eight shots from the field and added 12 points for the Retrievers. Sophomore forward Chase Plummer added 10 points and seven rebounds, while junior forward Adrian Satchell led all players with eight rebounds.
QUAKER UPDATE: Penn went 13-15 a year ago and were .500 (7-7) in Ivy League play. Penn returns three starters and 10 letterwinners overall from last year, headlined by two-time first-team All-Ivy selection Zack Rosen (14.3 ppg) and 2007-08 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Tyler Bernardini (12.9 ppg) . Penn pulled out a 74-72 win over Canadian power Carleton University Saturday night at The Palestra.
Who's Up Next: UMBC heads to Jamaica, N.Y. to face St. John's on Sunday. Tip-off time at Carnesecca Arena is 2:00 p.m.
Youth Will Be Served: Of the 14 players on the 2011-12 roster, only six have previous NCAA Division I experience. In total, this year's squad has 12 total campaigns of past competition, while the 2010-11 squad, comprised of 11 players, had 17 years of experience. Two of the freshmen, guard Joey Getz and center Nate Basalyga, are expected to start tonight's opener.
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 led America East last season with 6.0 assists per game and was ranked as high as 6th in the nation as of Feb. 10, 2011. The Siena transfer had 181 helpers to date this season and owns 334 assists in his 60 games as a Retriever (5.57 per game)-- UMBC all-time assists leader Jay Greene, whom De La Rosa replaced, averaged 5.60 per game in his 122-game tenure.
He's Baack: Speaking of Greene, the 2008 America East Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player has returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach. Greene replaces John Zito ('06), who entered private business.
More CDLR: Chris De La Rosa recorded his second career double-double with 30 points and a career-best 11 rebounds on Nov. 20, 2011 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 came close again vs. Albany on Jan. 26, with 15 points, 10 assists, and 8 caroms.
De La Rosa is the sixth player in America East Conference history to lead the league in assists in back-to-back years. Greene is the only player in league history to record the most assists in three consecutive conference campaigns.
De La Rosa is the only player in school history to score more than 400 points (464) and record 150 or more assists (181) in a season. He scored 20 or more points in a game 12 times in 2010-11, three shy of Darryl Proctor's school record.
45 Years: The Retrievers are competing in their 45th season of intercollegiate basketball and 26th at the NCAA Division-I level (1986-87). UMBC has won 482 and dropped 698 (.408) and are 289-429 (.403) since 1986-87. The Retrievers enter their ninth 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).