Houston Returns Home as UMBC Faces Kennesaw State in Saturday Matinee

Houston Returns Home as UMBC Faces Kennesaw State in Saturday Matinee

UMBC at Kennesaw State, Dec. 20, 2014

UMBC got its first victory of the season, as the Retrievers edged Longwood, 58-53, in their third home game of the year on Sun., Dec. 14. Today's contest at Kennesaw State is a homecoming for SR F Devarick Houston, who grew up in Mays, Ga., approximately 27 miles from Kennesaw. Approximately 40 family members and friends are expected to attend the game. Tip-off time is set for 3:00 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on Q1370 (Paul Mittermeier) and streaming will be available on ESPN3.


RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC hit 11-of-17 shots from the floor in the second half and 8-of-16 from behind the arc for the game as the Retrievers (1-9) held off Longwood, 58-53 to gain their initial win of the campaign. Grad student guard Wayne Sparrow set a career-best with 20 points and now averages a team-high 11.5 points per contest. Freshman guard Malcolm Brent matched Sparrow with four treys (14 pts.) and Houston scored a season-best 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting.


OWL UPDATE: KSU snapped a three-game slide and won on the road for the first time in 2014-15 as they upset Youngstown State, 90-84, on Dec. 17. Junior guard Nigel Pruitt tied a KSU record by hitting six treys in a 29-point effort for the Owls. Backcourt mate Delbert Love added 19 of his 24 points in the second half. Junior guard Yonel Brown, who scored 18 points, leads KSU with 13.5 points per game, while Pruitt averages 12.0 ppg and has hit 26 treys in 11 outings.


WHO'S UP NEXT: UMBC returns home for games vs. Lehigh (Dec. 28, 5 p.m.) and NJIT (Jan. 2, 7:00).