Friday, January 9, 2009
Black Bears (6-9, 1-1) at UMBC (6-7, 0-1)
Tip-off Saturday at RAC Arena is slated for 7:05 p.m. The game is the middle date of a three-game road swing for the Black Bears.
UMBC is the defending America East champion and is led by two of the most efficient players in the league, forward Darryl Proctor (19.1 points and 9 rebounds per game) and point guard Jay Greene (12.0 ppg, 6.6 apg). Proctor has six double-doubles on the season and five in the past seven games. Greene is shooting 3-pointers at a 38 percent clip coming into the game.
Freshman forward Chauncey Gilliam checks in at 9.2 ppg, while veterans Matt Spadafora and Justin Fry chip in with about 8 points each.
After a win over Big 12 opponent Nebraska, the Retrievers have dropped two straight, including their America East season opener to Stony Brook at home a week ago.
Last season, the teams split with the Black Bears posting their best win of the season, 77-74, at UMBC, the Retrievers' only home loss of the season. UMBC retaliated with a win in Orono, 85-68.