SET THE SCENE: UMBC continues its four-game road trip, as they visit the nation's capital to take on the George Washington Colonials on Thursday, Dec. 4. Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier have all the play-by-play action on (Q1370 AM www.q1370.com),starting with the pregame show at 6:55 p.m., and live streaming is available at the Atlantic 10 Digital Network. That link, along with live stats and the audio link is available at www.umbcretrievers.com or UMBC Front Row, the Retrievers' mobile app.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: Unlike the Towson contest, when UMBC (0-6) roared from the gate, the Retrievers struggled on both ends of the floor early and fell to an improved UMES squad in the Hawks' home opener, 65-52 on Dec. 2. UMBC hit 16 of 23 from the floor in the first half against the Tigers, but converted on just 7-of-25 in the first 20 minutes and trailed, 39-16 at the break. Grad student guard Wayne Sparrow (12 points) and junior post Cody Joyce (10 points) scored in double figures for UMBC and freshman guard Jourdan Grant added four steals for the second straight outing. UMBC has been without the services of sophomore guard Rodney Elliott, the 2014 America East Rookie of the Year, since the opening game of the season.
COLONIAL UPDATE: George Washington (3-2) has not played since Nov. 29, when they fell, 58-54, at Seton Hall. Junior guard Kethan Savage scored a season-high 19 points, but it wasn't enough as GW men's basketball dropped the tight 58-54 decision to the Pirates. Savage leads GW with 14.6 points per game. The Colonials have routed Grambling, 92-40, and Longwood, 91-66, in their two home contests to date.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC will play its third road games in the span of five days on Saturday, when they travel to Iowa City to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, Dec. 6. Tip-time from Carver-Hawkeye Arena is set for 1:07 p.m. (EST).