Men's Basketball Faces First-Place Vermont in Burlington on Saturday Afternoon

SET THE SCENE: Coming off an emotional victory over Albany on Feb. 12, UMBC (9-16, 5-7 AE) enters the teeth of the home stretch of the regular season, as they face the top two teams in the conference on the road. For starters, the Retrievers face first-place Vermont (16-9, 10-1) at Patrick Gym on Saturday, Feb. 15. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m.  Gary Stein has all the play-by-play action on Q1370 AM (www.q1370.com) and video streaming is available via Catamount TV at http://nsnsports.net/colleges/university-of-vermont/.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC snapped a nine-game losing streak to Albany with a last-second 71-69 over the Great Danes. SR G Quentin Jones' improbable tip-in with 2.4 seconds remaining broke the seventh tie of the game and gave the Retrievers their most victories since the 2008-09 campaign. Jones and FR G Rodney Elliott shared team honors with 16 points apiece. Elliott has vaulted up to second place in the conference in scoring at 15.0 points per game.
CATAMOUNT UPDATE: Vermont has won five straight and 12 of its last 13 contests. They routed UMass Lowell, 83-58, on Wednesday evening behind 18 points from SO F Ethan O'Day (8/10 fg). SR G Sandro Carissimo leads a very balanced Catamount attack at 12.7 points per game and shoots over 45 percent from behind the arc. SR F Brian Voelkel leads America East in rebounds (8.2) and assists (5.9) per contest.
 

WHO'S UP NEXT:  UMBC plays three of its last four games on the road. They will venture up to Stony Brook for a Feb. 19 date with the Seawolves.