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15 - Brian Neller
Brian Neller
Height: 6-4
Weight: 195
Year: Senior
Hometown: Red Bank, N.J.
High School: Christian Brothers Academy
Position: G

Accolades: (2009-10) Named America East Conference Rookie of the Week on Dec. 28... (2012-13) Selected America East Player of the Week on Feb. 4… Finished his career with 261 three-point field goals, the second-highest figure in UMBC school history after the 2012-13 campaign… Has attempted the most treys in school history (804), passing Terence Ward’s (1997-2001) by one… Competed in 120 career games, the second-most in school history and finished just two behind assistant coach Jay Greene.

 
 

2012-13: Converted 91 three-point field goals, the most-ever in a single season by a UMBC cager…: Hit his ?rst four 3-point attempts of the season, scoring 14 points in the ?rst 6:37 of the game at Penn... Scored in double ?gures in six straight games, matching his career high, but the streak was halted vs. Eastern... Converted ?ve (of 10) treys vs. Hartford on Jan. 16 and earned America East Player of the Game honors... Was 14-of-31 from behind the arc (45.2%) in his a four-game stretch (Jan. 5-Jan. 16)... Recorded season highs in treys (6) in the Jan.30 win at Binghamton... Hit the game-winning trey with 0.5 seconds on the clock to give UMBC a 68-67 win over Maine on Feb. 2... Scored 19 points and sent game to overtime with a 30-footer at the buzzer at UNH on Feb. 13... Concluded the regular season with 17-point e?ort vs. Binghamton… Scored in double figures in both America East Tournament games, including a season-best 20-point effort in the quarterfinal win over Hartford… Led America East with 2.9 treys made per game and was tops in the league in treys made per game in league play (3.5)... Sixth in 3-point pct. in league games at 38.1%..... Hit ?ve of more treys in a game seven times in 2012-13 and reached that mark 12 times in his career... Finished 17th in league games in scoring (11.4).

 

2011-12:  Led UMBC with 13 points at St. John’s on Nov. 13... Hit three of his first four treys in the first half vs. the Red Storm... Erupted for career highs in 3-point field goals (7) and points (27) vs. Loyola on Nov. 17... His seven treys in a game is tied for the fourth-most with seven other players in school history (three players have hit eight in a game)... The last time a Retriever hit seven was when Ray Barbosa connected for seven at Maine on Feb. 28, 2008... Set a UMBC single game record with 18 3-point field goals attempted (5 made, 19 points) vs. Rider on Dec. 17... Corralled a career-best seven rebounds (5-2-7) in that contest... Hit go-ahead 3-point field goal with 31 seconds to play in 82-76 America East opening win at UNH (Jan. 2)... Scored 12 of 16 points in second half in Jan. 19 win over Binghamton. .. Hit at least one 3-point field goal in 18 consecutive games until an 0-for-5 performance at Boston U. on Jan. 24... Misfired on 13 consecutive 3-point attempts before burying 3-of-4 late in the game at Albany on Feb. 1... Surpassed the 600-point plateau at Canisius on Feb. 18…Hit five treys at Vermont on Feb. 25, his first game with five since Jan. 2... In his first two seasons, 89 of his 105 field goals were treys (84.8%); in 2011-12, it is 81-of-118 (68.6%) and an even lower percentage (67.2%, 39 of 58) in league games.

 
 
 

 

2010-11: Hit one shot from behind the arc in a nine-minute stint vs. VMI on Nov. 14... Broke out of a shooting slump by hitting 4-of-11 from long distance in a 14-point performance at Duquesne on Nov. 27... Tied with Chris De La Rosa for team-high scoring honors... Netted three of seven trey attempts at U.Conn on Dec. 3... Converted on three-of-eight from behind the arc vs. Towson on Dec. 11... Banged home 3-of-5 from behind the arc,  including 3-of-4 in the second half at Morgan State on Dec. 18... Scored all 11 points in the second half at Binghamton on Jan. 12... Exploded for a career-high 24 points with a career-best six treys in 74-70 overtime win at Hartford on Jan. 20... It was the most 3-pt. field goals for a Retriever since Ray Barbosa hit seven at Maine on Feb. 28, 2008... Named UMBC’s America East Player of the Game... Had two total field goals (8) more than treys in a game (6) for just the second time in his first 48 career games (4/2 at Penn State, Dec. 8, 2009)... Earned his first career start at Stony Brook on Jan. 31... Scored 9 points on 3-of-12 shooting, setting a personal high for three-point attempts in a game... Earned Player of the Game honors vs. Binghamton on Feb. 3, with 21 points in a career-best 40 minutes... Corralled a career-high five rebounds vs. UNH on Feb. 12... UMBC was 2-0 (both in overtime) when he topped the 20-point plateau... Tied for team lead with 51 treys and was 26-of-67 (2.4 per game, 38.8%) from behind the arc in his last 11 outings of the season... Averaged 13.3 points per game in three contests vs. Binghamton in 2010-11, hitting 10-of-23 shots from behind the arc... Finished tied for tenth in America East play with 2.0 treys made per game.    

 
 
 

2009-10:  Averaged 4.3 points per game in 29 contests… Tied for second on the squad with 38 3-point field goals made… 38 of his 42 field goals made were from outside the arc… Nov. 15: Played 14 minutes in the season opener vs. Morgan State, scoring four points… Dec. 5: Led UMBC with 15 points at Toledo...His five 3-pt. field goals made (of 9) vs. the Rockets was the most for a Retriever last season and the most since Jay Greene hit five at Hartford on Feb. 14, 2009… Dec. 8: Followed up with 10 points and three steals in a 25-minute stint at Penn State… Dec. 22: Hit a trio of 3-pt. field goals at Virginia Tech… Jan. 16: Hit three of four from behind the arc, all in the final six minutes, in a valiant comeback attempt at Albany… Jan. 30: Scored in double figures for the first time in league play with 12 points (4-of-8 behind the arc)?in the 56-55 win at Maine… Feb. 24: Scored 11 points in 16 minutes in UMBC’s win at New Hampshire… The Retrievers were 2-0 in league play when Neller scored in double figures.

 
 
 

Background: Named to America East Academic Honor Roll for the 2010 spring semester… Earned Boys’ Player of the Year honors from the basketball coaches in the Shore Conference and from the media in The Asbury Park Press in 2008-09… Averaged 14.2 points per game for the Head Coach Geoff Billet’s Colts (26-3), who captured the Shore Conference Tournament title and the NJSIAA Non-Public South “A” sectional championship… Scored 19 points vs. national power St. Anthony’s… A Second-Team All-Monmouth County honoree in his senior campaign… Amassed 1,119 points and hit 178 three-point field goals in his three-year varsity career, including a season-best 69 in 2008-09… Selected UMBC because “the coaches at UMBC are great and I felt I would fit in well”… Has an older brother, Michael, and a younger brother, Kevin… Lists favorite professional team as the NBA’s New York Knicks… Enjoys the music of the Dave Matthews Band and going to the beach… Son of Elaine and Thomas Neller… Born Feb. 28, 1991.

 
 
 Year GP/GS FG/A Pct. 3-pt. FG/A Pct. FT/A Pct. Reb. Avg. PF/FO A TO Blk. Stl. Pts. Avg.
 2009-10 29/0 42/140 .300    38/122 .311  2/6 .333 4-19-23 0.8 22/0 11 15  2 10 124  4.3
 2010-11 30/8 63/194 .325    51/163 .313  7/8 .875 2-26-28 0.9 39/1 11 20  0 16 184  6.1
 2011-12 30/24 118/330 .358    81/263 .308 25/33 .758 9-56-65 2.2 37/0 32 30  2 25 342 11.4
 2012-13 31/31 109/297 .367    91/256 .355 7/14 .500 4-56-70 1.9 31/0 30 30  0 32 316 10.2
 Totals 120/63 332/961 .345    261/804 .325 41/61 .672  19-157-176 1.5 129/1 84 95  4 83 966  8.1

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