SET THE SCENE: UMBC and UMES will get together on the basketball court for just the sixth time in UMBC's 48 campaigns of intercollegiate basketball. After an eight-year break, the series resumed last year, on the same date of Dec. 2, with UMBC edging the Hawks, 64-59. UMBC (0-5) is looking to snap a season-opening five game slide, while UMES (2-6 ) opens its home schedule after an impressive 72-66 victory at Fordham on Saturday. Tip-off time is set for 7:30 p.m. as Paul Mittermeier has all the play-by-play action on (Q1370 AM ,www.q1370.com),starting with the pregame show at 7:25 p.m. Live stats and the audio link is available at www.umbcretrievers.com or UMBC Front Row, the Retrievers' mobile app.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: After hitting 16 of 23 shots from the field and taking a three-point halftime lead, the UMBC Retrievers cooled dramatically in the final 20 minutes and fell to visiting Towson, 77-66, at the RAC Arena on Saturday. The injury-plagued Retrievers have dropped five in a row to open the campaign. Four Retrievers scored in double figures, led by grad student guard Wayne Sparrow, who recorded a career-high 17 points vs. the Tigers. UMBC recorded season bests in scoring and field goal percentage (24 of 48, 50 percent), but allowed a season-high 77 points to the Tigers (6-1), who shot 53.7 percent (23 of 41) for the contest. Sparrow leads UMBC with 11.6 points per outing, while junior post Cody Joyce averages 11.0 points and a team-high 5.4 rebounds per game.
HAWK UPDATE: The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team will play their regular season home opener on Tuesday night as they host the Retrievers. UMES (2-6) will try to notch back-to-back victories for the first time since March of 2011 after their 72-66 road victory at Fordham on Saturday. UMES led wire-to-wire, led by 6-9 senior forward Mike Myers, who scored 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor. Myers, who has not competed in two seasons, leads the Hawks with 13.0 points per game and 5.5 caroms per contest.
UMES' other victory occurred at Mount St. Mary's on Nov. 19, as they throttled the Mountaineers, 53-41.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC continues its series of three road games in the span of five days, as they travel to Washington, D.C. to take on George Washington on Thursday, Dec. 4.