UMBC opens its 12th season in America East by welcoming UMass Lowell to the RAC Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 7. The River Hawks got the best of the Retrievers in the first two meetings between the schools in 2014. Tip-off time for the contest is set for 7:05 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on Q1370 and streaming will be available on www.umbcretrievers.tv
RETRIEVER UPDATE: The Retrievers had not allowed more than 38 points in a half dating back to the first half at Iowa (10 straight) on Dec. 6. But visiting NJIT hit 16-of-28 shots and outscored UMBC, 44-31 in the final 20 minutes as the Highlanders prevailed, 70-55. Junior post Cody Joyce (10.2 ppg) hit 7-of-8 shots from the floor in a 16-point effort to lead the hosts. Grad student guard Wayne Sparrow continues to lead UMBC (2-11) at 12.5 points per game, while freshman point guard Jourdan Grant leads the America East Conference in assists (3.8) and steals (2.2) per game.
RIVER HAWK UPDATE: UMass Lowell (7-7, 1-0) opened America East play with a 50-40 victory at home over Binghamton on Jan. 2, snapping a four-game slide. But the River Hawks fell, 58-49, to host Brown on Jan. 5 before traveling to Baltimore. Red-shirt freshman guard Jahad Thomas is the lone River Hawk in double figures, averaging 14.3 points per game. Six UML players have hit at least ten treys, led by grad student guard Marco Banegas-Flores at 21-of-52 (40.4%).
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC plays four of its first five America East games at home and the stand continues as they welcome UNH to the RAC Arena on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 1:00 p.m.