RETRIEVER UPDATE: Five Retrievers scored in double figures, but it was not enough, as the visiting VMI Keydets his 8-of-14 shots from behind the arc in the second half and outlasted UMBC, 94-77 in the tip-off contest of UMBC's 25th season of NCAA Division I basketball. After missing last season with knee surgery, forward Justin Fry made a successful return to the court, posting his fourth career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Newcomers Laurence Jolicoeur (16 points-10 rebounds), Chase Plummer (13 points) and Travis King (12 points) also scored in double figures for UMBC, as did returner Adrian Satchell (10 points).
GREYHOUND UPDATE: Loyola also opened at home this weekend, dropping a 75-72 decision to visiting Drexel. The Dragons (1-0) scored the game's first eight points and held a 30-12 lead 11 minutes into the contest before the Greyhounds began climbing back into the contest. Loyola could only get as close as two, coming after a banked-in three-pointer by senior guard Brian Rudolph with 3.1 seconds remaining. The Greyhounds were led by 21 points by senior guard Jamal Barney and 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds by sophomore guard Robert Olson.
Who's Up Next: UMBC returns home on Saturday when they host Central Connecticut State at 7:00 p.m. at the RAC Arena. Following that contest, the Retrievers play five consecutive games on the road.
Inside the Series
The two schools met at least one time for 20 consecutive seasons from 1987- 88 through 2006-07... Loyola won the first nine meetings
and UMBC has had streaks of seven and four striaght wins... In 23 NCAA Division I meetings, UMBC is 12-11 vs. the Greyhounds.
Jamal Barney scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half as visiting Loyola (2-1) held off UMBC (0-2), 69-66 at the RAC Arena last year. UMBC took a 58-57 with 3:03 remaining, but could hold back the Greyhounds in the final moments of the contest.
Like the Black Unis?: All four of UMBC's wins in 2009-10 came on the road and the Retrievers were 3-1 in their last four road contests last season.
Those Guys Can Shoot: The 94 points allowed by UMBC in a season opener is the most since a 103-80 loss at Maryland to open the 1992-93 season.
Doubling Their Pleasure: Justin Fry (15 pts./11 rebs.) and Laurence Jolicoeur (16 pts./10 rebs.) each posted double-doubles in the opener vs. Loyola. Fry was also a part of the dynamic duo the last time that UMBC had two players with double-digit rebounds in the same game. Fry (10) and Darryl Proctor (11) combined for 21 caroms in the 2009 America East quarterfinal win over Boston U. (3-7-09).