Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC men's basketball, fresh off a big 65-61 comeback win against Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, hosts St. Mary's (MD) on Wednesday afternoon at the UMBC Event Center. The Retrievers are 2-0 on the year for the first time since 2016-17 where they started 4-0. Sophomore guard L.J. Owens (Annapolis, Md./Severn School/William & Mary) provided the heroics, erasing a double-digit deficit with a three with 17 seconds left to lift UMBC to victory.
St. Mary's (MD) Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (2-0) vs. St. Mary's (MD) Seahawks (0-2)
Where: UMBC Event Center - Baltimore, Md.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 13 - 12:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stream on ESPN+ and ESPN app, live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Promotions: Chick-fil-a Sandwich Giveaway
Social Media: @UMBC_MBB, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC comes into the midweek matinee at 2-0 after a decisive 134-46 win against Valley Forge in the season opener and a come-from-behind 65-61 win at Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday. The Retrievers are in the top ten nationally in scoring margin (+46.0) and scoring offense (99.5 ppg) while ranking 29th in scoring defense (53.5 ppg).
-L.J. Owens came up clutch for the Retrievers against FGCU, drilling the game-winning three with 17 seconds left, helping erase a double-digit deficit in the second half. Junior Darnell Rogers (Baltimore, Md./Indian Land (SC)/New Mexico JC) returned to Ft. Myers where he started his college career and dropped a career-high 21 points, including a big layup late that helped cut the deficit to one. Owens finished the game with 21 points, also a career-best.
-Owens and Rogers lead the Retrievers at 17.5 ppg. Rogers has dished out 12 assists through two games and is pulling down 4.5 rpg. Junior Dimitrije Spasojevic (Vrsac, Serbia), senior Ricky Council II (Durham, N.C.), sophomore Keondre Kennedy (Atlanta, Ga.) and freshman Nathan Johnson (Adel, Iowa) are all averaging double-digits in the early going. Spasojevic and Council are at 13.0 ppg with Kennedy at 12.0 ppg and Johnson at 10.0 ppg.
Scouting the Seahawks:
-St. Mary's is coming off an 0-2 weekend, falling to Washington College 77-75 in overtime and Randolph-Macon 84-40. The Seahawks are Division III members of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) and finished 2018-19 with a 10-16, 4-10 CAC record.
-A trio of Seahawks are in double-figures in the early going, led by Justin Milstead at 14.5 ppg. Milstead is shooting 42.3 percent from the floor pulling down 3.0 rebounds per game. Miles Gillette and Gary Grant are also over 10 points per game at 14.0 and 11.0 respectively. Gillette is leading the Seahawks with 7.0 rpg.
-This will be the 27th all-time meeting between the two schools with UMBC holding a distinct 21-5 advantage in the series. The last meeting was back in the 1996-97 season with the Retrievers taking a decisive 87-69 victory at the RAC.
-UMBC has won the last 20 contests, going just 1-5 in the first six matchups.
-UMBC head coach Ryan Odom is just two wins away from 100 for his career, sitting at 98-58 over the course of his career now in his sixth season. Odom is 69-37 during his tenure in Baltimore and is currently the fourth winningest head coach in program history, just 16 games away from third.
-The Retrievers opened the season in grand fashion, dispatching Valley Forge 134-46 on the first day of the basketball season. UMBC set multiple records in the contest, including points in a game (134), points in a half (68), margin of victory (88), field goals made (51) and field goal percentage (68.9 percent). All but one Retriever that played reached double figures in the game with two getting double-doubles.
-UMBC will continue their mini homestand against Georgian Court on Saturday, Nov. 16. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. on ESPN 3 with Gary Stein, John Feinstein and Paul Mittermeier on the call. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com.