Men’s Basketball Travels to Florida Gulf Coast for “Cinderella Showdown” on Saturday

Photo: Ian Feldmann
Photo: Ian Feldmann

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Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC men's basketball continues the opening week of the basketball season at Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday afternoon. The Retrievers are coming off a record-breaking performance against Valley Forge in the season opener. UMBC defeated the Patriots, 134-46, shattering five different team records in the contest to move to 1-0.

Florida Gulf Coast Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (1-0) at Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (0-1)
Where: Alico Arena - Fort Myers, Fla.
When: Saturday, Nov. 9 - 3:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stream on ESPN+ and ESPN app, live stats at FGCUAthletics.com
Social Media: @UMBC_MBB, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops 

Scouting the Retrievers:

-UMBC is 1-0 on the year after a season-opening 134-46 victory against Valley Forge on Tuesday night. The Retrievers broke numerous records including margin of victory (88), total points (134) and points in a half (68). Junior Dimitrije Spasojevic (Vrsac, Serbia) and freshman Nathan Johnson (Adel, Iowa) led the Retrievers with 20 points each in the win. 

-Spasojevic added eight rebounds, going 10-12 from the floor off the bench. Johnson at one point scored 10 straight points connecting on three triples with six rebounds. Nine different Retrievers scored in double figures as the Retrievers shot nearly 70 percent from the floor.  

Scouting the Eagles:

-Florida Gulf Coast is coming off an 89-67 loss to Saint Louis on Tuesday night. The Billikens used a 19-0 run early in the first half to pull away from the Eagles early. FGCU was down 40-18 at the half, but put up 49 second-half points to cut into the deficit.  

-Zach Scott led the Eagles with 23 points on 8-17 shooting. Caleb Catto was the only other Eagle in double figures with 16 points, adding four assists and one steal. Justus Rainwater pulled down six boards in the loss.  

All-Time Series:

-This will be the second meeting all-time between the two schools, with the only other meeting coming last December. FGCU took control of the contest early and defeated the Retrievers, 76-53 at the UMBC Event Center. 

Leader of the Pack:

-Head coach Ryan Odom returns for his fourth season at the helm of the Retrievers. Odom helped lead the Dawgs back to the America East title game, recording their third-straight 20-win season. The leader of the program is just three wins away from 100 for his career, and is the fourth winningest coach in program history, 17 games out of third. 

Coming Home:

-Junior college transfer Darnell Rogers (Baltimore, Md./Indian Land (SC)/New Mexico JC) will suit up in the Black and Gold, returning to Baltimore where he spent his early years before moving down south towards the end of high school. 

-Rogers is the son of former George Washington standout Shawnta Rogers who won Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year in 1999 and is a member of the GW Hall of Fame.

Up Next:

-UMBC will return to Baltimore for a pair of games next week, starting with St. Mary's Maryland on Wednesday, Nov. 13. Tip-off is set for noon at the UMBC Event Center.