The UMBC men's basketball team opens its 25th season of NCAA Division I competition on Sunday, Nov. 14 when the Retrievers host the high-powered VMI Keydets. Tip-off time is set for 3:00 p.m. at the RAC Arena. For the fourth consecutive season, all UMBC men's basketball games are broadcast on Fox 1370 Sports Radio (www.fox1370.com) with Gary Stein and Paul Mittermeier on Sunday's call. All home games are also available on UMBC Athletics' streaming site--www.umbcretrievers.tv.
After back-to-back appearances in the America East title game and one championship in 2008, UMBC staggered to a 4-26 mark last season. As opposed to a very young team (9 prior years of collegiate experience) that took the floor last year, the Retrievers have a mature squad (18 years of experience) that takes the court in UMBC's 25th year of NCAA Division I basketball. A key member of the 2008 title squad, post Justin Fry, returns for his final year after missing the 2009-10 campaign following knee surgery. Fry, a UMBC graduate student in economics, will be joined by another pair of grad students, guard Travis King (GW) and forward Laurence Jolicoeur(Manhattan). Junior guard Chris De La Rosa made his UMBC debut last season and led the America East Conference with 5.1 assists per game. He is UMBC's leading returning scorer at 11.7 ppg.
KEYDET UPDATE: VMI opened its season on Friday by hosting Randolph College. The Keydets have led the nation in scoring in each of the past four years, a feat that has never been accomplished previously in NCAA DI history. VMI was 10-19 a year ago, but returns players that averaged in five double-digits last season. Senior guard Austin Kenon averaged 18.4 points per game as VMI scored 88.6 ppg a season ago. They did, however, allow 96.5 ppg and had the poorest rebound margin (-12.0) in the nation.
Who's Up Next: UMBC heads into the city to play at Loyola on Wednesday, Nov. 17. That game will be televised by MASN-TV