Men's Basketball Tries to Even Series With Long-Time Rival Central Connecticut Saturday Night at RAC Arena

RETRIEVER UPDATE: Through 30 minutes of its first two games, UMBC (0-2) has trailed by six points or less to VMI and Loyola, but could get over the hump and suffered double-digit losses to the Keydets (94-77) and Greyhounds (83-72). Retriever opponents have hit nearly 50 percent (57 of 115) of their shots from the floor and over 40 percent (18 of 44) from behind the arc. UMBC newcomers Travis King (17.0 ppg), Laurence Jolicoeur (14.0 ppg) and Chase Plummer (12.0 ppg) have scored in double figures in both contests.

BLUE DEVIL UPDATE: Central Connecticut State is off to their best start in ten seasons, with opening wins over Hartford (64-62) and Army (101-87). The Blue Devils hit 13 treys against Army and committed only nine turnovers. Junior Ken Horton, who missed the entire 2009-10 season due to injury, scored a career high 34 points vs. the Black Knights. Senior guard Shemik Thompson scored 25 points at Army and needs 15 more for 1,000 in his career.



Who's Up Next: Following tonight's contest, the Retrievers play five consecutive games on the road, starting with next Tuesday's contest at Coppin State.

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).

D-Fence?: The 177 points allowed by UMBC in its first two games is the most since the 1992-93 Retrievers allowed 179 in a 1-1 start.

Fresh Frosh: Freshman post Chase Plummer is the first freshman in ten seasons to score in double figures in his first two intercollegiate contests. Peter Mulligan scored 24 vs. Towson and 17 vs. Loyola in the first two games of the 2000-01 campaign.