The game between Stony Brook and Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) featured two teams that have gone in opposite directions in recent years. Back in 2008, the Retrievers were champions of the America East Conference, the only time in school history they've been to the NCAA Tournament. However, things it rock bottom last year, and they finished with four wins on the entire season. To make matters worse, former coach, Randy Monroe called it quits two weeks before the season was to begin, and was replaced on an interim basis by one of his assistants, Aki Thomas. While the Retrievers entered the game having already matched last year's win total, it certainly doesn't look like they will be making a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Game #9-380: Stony Brook Seawolves at Maryland-Baltimore County RetrieversJanuary 23, 2013 7:00 pm
Their opponents, the Stony Brook Seawolves, are a team that has risen to the top of the America East standings, and a contender to represent the America East in the NCAA Tournament. Their biggest problem in previous years has been a slip-up at some point in the conference tournament that has cost them the chance to go to the NCAA Tournament. They entered the game in first place in the America East with a record of 13-5, even after their loss in their previous game to Vermont.
One of the problems that you face when you only have four wins is attendance. Outside of the pep band, cheerleaders, and dance teams (yes, UMBC has two), there were very few students there. Those that were wore sweatshirts designating another sport, and it was clear that they were supporting their fellow student-athletes.
I expected the game to be a blow-out from the start, but I was pleasantly surprised. Twice, in the first half, the Seawolves opened up double-digit leads and looked to be running away with the game. But the Retrievers battled back both times, and went into the locker room at the half down by seven.
A Ryan Cook #superhoop opened up the scoring for the Retrievers, and for a brief moment, I thought that they would hang around. But, it wasn't meant to be. The Seawolves went on a 13-3 run to open the lead back up to double digits. The Retrievers battled back, and got to within four, but by that point, there were only 17 seconds left in the game. A couple of free-throws later, the Seawolves walked away with a seven point victory, 67-60. It was a much better game than I expected, and I hope that UMBC can find a way to improve in the future.
STONY BROOK 67, at MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY 60
STONY BROOK 14-5 (5-1) -- D. Coley 6-11 3-4 17; T. Brenton 2-6 8-10 12; J. Warney 4-10 1-2 9; E. McAlister 3-5 3-4 9; C. Puriefoy 3-6 2-2 10; M. Rouse 1-5 0-0 2; A. Jackson 1-4 3-4 6; A. Mayo 1-3 0-0 2; S. King 0-0 0-0 0; L. Hayes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-50 20-26 67.
MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY 4-15 (2-4) -- Q. Jones 4-8 2-2 11; R. Cook 5-15 0-0 14; B. Neller 2-9 0-0 6; B. Roseboro 5-10 1-1 11; C. Plummer 4-15 2-4 11; M. Garner 1-3 0-0 3; J. Getz 1-3 0-0 2; A. Satchell 1-3 0-0 2; J. Lane 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-66 5-7 60.
Three-point goals: SB 5-11 (M. Rouse 0-2; A. Jackson 1-1; D. Coley 2-4; C. Puriefoy 2-4), UMBC 9-28 (B. Neller 2-9; A. Satchell 0-1; C. Plummer 1-4; R. Cook 4-8; J. Getz 0-2; Q. Jones 1-3; M. Garner 1-1); Rebounds: SB 40 (D. Coley 8), UMBC 30 (C. Plummer 8); Assists: SB 11 (T. Brenton 4), UMBC 14 (Q. Jones 6); Total Fouls -- SB 15, UMBC 21; Fouled Out: SB-None; UMBC-Q. Jones.