SET THE SCENE: UMBC will try to follow up its win over local rival Towson on Saturday as they entertain Baltimore neighbor Morgan State at the RAC Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The Retrievers were coming off a nine-day layoff when they took on the Tigers and the Bears have been off since a Dec. 3 contest at Ohio University. Tip-off time is set for 7:05 p.m. and Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier bring fans all the action on V1370 radio or www.fox1370.com. All UMBC home basketball games are streamed with multiple cameras and play-by-play on www.umbcretrievers.tv.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC used proficient free throw shooting and blue-collar defense down the stretch to post a 62-58 victory at Towson on Dec. 10. The Retrievers (1-7) hit 10 of 12 free throws and got five consecutive stops in the final 2:10 to rally for its first victory of the campaign. Junior guard Ryan Cook, who has posted double figures in his first three games as a Retrievers, led all scorers with 17 points and sophomore forward Chase Plummer recorded a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double.
BEAR UPDATE: Morgan State (0-7) has lost its last four games by a total of 17 points, including a 65-62 loss at USC and, most recently, a 61-53 setback at 5-1 Ohio University. Junior wing DeWayne Jackson (10.7 ppg) led Morgan State at Ohio with 15 points and senior post Kevin Thompson had 13 points and 12 caroms. Thompson leads the squad in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 per game).
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC welcomes Rider to the RAC Arena on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:00 p.m.