Men’s Basketball Looks to Stay Unbeaten Against Georgian Court on Saturday

Photo: Gail Burton
Photo: Gail Burton


Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC men's basketball will look to start the year 4-0 for the first time since the 2016-17 season against Georgian Court on Saturday afternoon. The Retrievers are coming off a 79-57 victory against Division III St. Mary's (MD) on Wednesday that saw four-player reach double figures, including 21 and a career-high 15 rebounds from Brandon Horvath (West River, Md./Southern). Head coach Ryan Odom can also make history by winning his 100th career game with a victory on Saturday.

Georgian Court Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (3-0) vs. Georgian Court Lions (0-2)
Where: UMBC Event Center - Baltimore, Md.
When: Saturday, Nov. 16 - 1:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Watch live on ESPN 3 and the ESPN app, live stats at
Promotions: UMBC Ice Scraper Giveaway
Social Media: @UMBC_MBB, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEHoops

Scouting the Retrievers:

-The Retrievers come into the meeting with the Lions at a perfect 3-0 on the year, most recently taking down St. Mary's (MD) on Wednesday afternoon 79-57. Junior Brandon Horvath led the charge with a double-double, dropping 21 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Four different Retrievers hit double figures in the contest. 

-Sophomore L.J. Owens (Annapolis, Md./Severn School/William & Mary) leads a Retriever offense that is averaging 92.7 points per game early on. Owens is scoring at a 15.3 ppg clip, grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game in 32 minutes of action. Junior Dimitrije Spasojevic (Vrsac, Serbia), Darnell Rogers (Baltimore, Md./Indian Land (SC)/New Mexico JC) are averaging 13.0 ppg or better, with Spasojevic and Rogers both at 13.7 ppg. 

-UMBC is holding opponents to just 54.7 ppg for a scoring margin of +38.0. As a team, the Retrievers are shooting over 50 percent from the floor (53.5) while holding opponents to just 31.2 percent.

Scouting the Lions:

-Georgian Court sits at 0-2 on the year after dropping games to Pace University (79-69) and Adelphi University (80-66) to open the season. The Lions are NCAA Division II members of the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference and the game with the Retrievers will not count toward their overall record. 

-Caleb Bowser and Alonzo Ortiz-Traylor lead the Lions on offense, both over 10.0 ppg. Bowser leads the way at 14.5 ppg, shooting just under 40 percent from the floor. Ortiz-Traylor is right at 10.0 ppg and also leads the team with 6.5 rpg. Georgian Court averages 67.5 ppg while giving up 79.5 ppg to opponents. 

All-Time Series:

-This will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools. 

Chasing 100:

-UMBC head coach Ryan Odom is just one win away from 100 for his career, sitting at 99-58 over the course of his career now in his sixth season. Odom is 70-37 during his tenure in Baltimore and is currently the fourth winningest head coach in program history, just 15 games away from third. 

Record-Breaking Performance:

-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.

National Standing:

-The Retrievers have started the season in a big way, and are near the top in a number of national statistical categories as a team. UMBC is 16th in scoring offense (92.7 ppg), has had the fourth-highest points in a game (134), third-most field goals in a game (51), and second-most assists in a game (33).

Up Next:

-UMBC will hit the road for the next three games, starting with a matchup against nationally-ranked LSU on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Tip-off with the No. 23 Tigers is set for 7 p.m. est on SEC Network.