February 11, 2014

RAC In Black VIII - Men's Basketball Hosts Albany Wednesday Evening

Albany at UMBC, 2-12-14

The UMBC men's basketball team (8-16, 4-7 AE) begins a stretch where they play the top three teams in the conference over the next eight days. The Retrievers complete this three-game homestand when they welcome defending league champion Albany on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.  Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier have all the play-by-play action on Q1370 AM (www.q1370.com). The game will be streamed on ESPN3, with Eric Frede and Frank Sullivan on the call. 

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC is coming off a disappointing 71-61 home setback to UMass Lowell on Feb. 8. The Retrievers forced 25 UML turnovers, but the River Hawks hit 9-of-14 treys to key the road victory. FR G Rodney Elliott tied his season high with 26 points, but the Retrievers staggered with just 32.8 percent shooting from the floor. Elliott earned a school-record fifth America East Rookie of the Week honor, averaging 23.5 points per game and converting 15-of-17 free throw attempts in the two-game split. UMBC has only one home game remaining (three road) after the game vs. Albany. 

GREAT DANE UPDATE: Albany will be looking to get back on track after a loss to conference opponent Hartford, 67-54, in Connecticut on Feb. 8. JR F Sam Rowley led the way with his fifth double-double of the season, posting 14 points and 11 rebounds. After shooting 34% from the field in that game, the Great Danes will look to SO G Peter Hooley who is averaging 14.9 points per game in conference play. They travel to UMBC for a second consecutive road game, where they are 5-9 on the season.

WHO'S UP NEXT:  UMBC takes to the road this weekend, facing league leader Vermont in Burlington on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2:00 p.m.