The home court has been sweet for the Retrievers as UMBC (4-11, 0-2 America East) are 4-1 at the RAC Arena in 2013-14. Aki Thomas' squad hosts an exposive Maine (3-11, 1-1) squad that leads America East in scoring on Saturday, Jan. 11. Tip-off time is set for 3:30 p.m. and is the nightcap of a league doubleheader at the RAC. Paul Mittermeier and Troy Green have the call on Q1370 (www.q1370.com), and live streaming is available on the America East digital network at www.americaeast.tv. Streaming is also now available on most mobile devices.
RETRIEVER UPDATE:UMBC is coming off two road America East setbacks (in a four-day span) by a total of six points. Most recently, defending champion Albany outlasted the Retrievers, 73-72, in double OT on Wednesday. FR GRodney Elliottcontinued his brilliant play, leading the visitors with 22 points. Elliott, a three-time league Rookie of the Week, is now seventh in the conference with 14.8 points per game. JR FDevarick Houston(19 pts.) and FR GBryan Harris(18 pts.) also had seaosn-highs versus the Great Danes.
BLACK BEAR UPDATE:Maine is 2-2 in its last four outings, including a 82-66 victory over Binghamton in its league opener on Jan. 5. JR F Kilian Cato scored 17 points to lead Maine in that victory. The Bears traveled to Baltimore after an 80-65 loss at Hartford on Jan. 9. UM led the Hawks, 31-30, at the half. SO G Dimitry Akanda-Coronel leads UM with 14.6 points per game, while Zarko Valjarevic leads America East with 39 treys.
Who's Up Next:UMBC continues its rigorous stretch with a Jan. 15 contest at UNH. UMBC's first six league games occur in a span of 16 days.