The UMBC Retrievers open the 2015-16 home slate by welcoming the Loyola Greyhounds to the RAC Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Both teams are hoping a change of venue will help their cause in searching for their first victories. UMBC opened with road setbacks to power conference members Wake Forest and St. John's, while Loyola dropped home decisions to Tennessee State and LIU-Brooklyn. Tip-off time is slated for 7:00 p.m. and Paul Mittermeier have all the play-by-play action on Q1370 AM (www.q1370.com) and the game will also be streamed on www.umbcretrievers.tv, a part of the America East Digital Network.
Fans can also access the live video and live stats via UMBC Front Row, Retriever Athletics' mobile app or follow along on Twitter @UMBC_MBB.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: The Retrievers produced two noble efforts on the road, but came up short in losses at Wake Forest (78-73) and St. John's (75-53). On Monday, the Retrievers cut an 11-point first half deficit to 33-31 early in the second half, but hot-shooting St. John's (52%) responded and closed the game on a 10-0 run. Red-shirt sophomore guard Rodney Elliott (team-high 14.5 ppg) and freshman wing Joe Sherburne (14.0 ppg) each scored 16 points in the contest and Sherburne added nine caroms and three steals. UMBC must improve at the charity stripe, where they are just 21-of-42 on the campaign. The Retrievers are a +6 in turnover margin early in the campaign.
GREYHOUND UPDATE: In its most recent outing, Loyola suffered a heart-breaking loss as visiting LIU-Brooklyn got a steal and converted a desperation trey at the buzzer in a 71-68 Blackbird victory on Monday. Loyola rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to draw even twice in the final two minutes. Senior forward Jarred Jones led all players with 18 points and 14 rebounds in just 30 minutes of action. Jones leads Loyola at 16.0 points per game, followed closely by senior guard Tyler Hubbard at 15.0 ppg. Loyola has attempted 66 free throws in their first two contests.
SERIES NOTES: Loyola has won eight consecutive games in the long-standing series and has taken a 29-19 edge overall. The Greyhounds also have triumphed on four consecutive trips to the RAC Arena, including a come-from-behind 89-83 overtime victory two seasons ago. Last year, Loyola won a hard-fought defensive battle, 45-38, at Reitz Arena.
WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC continues the stretch of four games in seven days as they board a plane for Colorado on Friday for a pair of games in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Regional Games at Northern Colorado University. UMBC takes on the host school on Saturday, Nov. 21 (7:00 p.m. EST) and then faces either Austin Peay or Cal Poly on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 2:00 p.m.