After playing six of seven at home, UMBC starts a stretch of six games in seven on the road by visiting Maine on Thursday, Jan. 22. Maine won the first four games of the all-time series, but UMBC has taken 11 of the last 20. Tip-off time for the nightcap of a doubleheader at the Cross Insurance Center is set for 8:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Q1370 and streamed on www.americaeast.tv and the live stat link will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC (2-16, 0-5 AE) has dropped seven straight, but have led or trailed by just two points in the second half of each contest. On Monday, the Retrievers trailed Hartford by 16 points in the first half, rallied to tie the score midway through the second, but ran out of time and fell, 65-63, to the Hawks. Grad student guard Wayne Sparrow led all players with 24 points and continues to lead UMBC at 14.3 points per game. He is second in league games with 96 points (19.4 pg) in five games. Junior post Cody Joyce (11.6) has scored in double figures in six consecutive games.
BLACK BEAR UPDATE: Maine (1-17, 0-5 AE) has dropped 12 straight games since an 82-81 overtime victory over Wagner in early December. Like UMBC, the Black Bears have had several close calls, including a 72-69 overtime loss to Army and a 62-59 setback to UMass Lowell on Jan. 13. Forward Till Gloger leads the Black Bears with 11.2 points per game, while sharpshooting guard Zarko Valjarevic has buried 39 treys and comes in at 10.8 points per contest. Valjarevic hit 4-of-6 from distance vs. NJIT on Jan. 19, as Maine faded late in a 65-55 setback to NJIT.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC continues its busy travel week, as they spend only Friday in Baltimore before travelling to New York to face defending league champion Albany on Sunday (4:30 p.m.).