When I was planning out my schedule for this season, one of the trips I had wanted to make was to West Point, to see an Army basketball game. I've enjoyed my trips to Annapolis and the Naval Academy, and wanted to see West Point as well. I picked out a game, when they were playing Bucknell, and planned to make the drive to West Point. However, Mother Nature got in the way of this idea, and while I thought about going ahead with the trip despite the Blizzard of 2013 (I refuse to name a winter storm), but with a complete lack of confidence in my Toyota Corolla's ability in a snowstorm, I decided to play it safe. Consequently, I was faced with trying to find a game closer to home. My first choice was to go to George Washington-Butler, but by the time I changed my plans, the game was sold out. So after taking a look at the schedule, I came up with plan C, and made the trip to UMBC to watch the Retrievers take on defending America East Conference Champion Vermont.
Game #9-438: Vermont Catamounts at Maryland-Baltimore County RetrieversFebruary 9, 2013 3:30 pm
As I wrote in my recap of their Stony Brook game, the Retrievers had struggled this season, after losing their coach Randy Monroe two weeks before the start of the season. While they had won two games after that contest, they lost starting forward Brett Roseboro due to an injury. The Catamounts, who are the defending America East Champions, are looking to repeat, and were entering the game on a three-game winning streak.
As I noted in my recap of UMBC's game against Stony Brook, the Retrievers have had some attendance problems this year. This game was no exception. As was the case with the Stony Brook game, the only students in attendance outside of the spirit groups were student-athletes. There was a pretty decent contingent of Vermont fans that either lived in the greater DC area or made the trip down.
From the start of the game, it was pretty obvious what their problem was, they couldn't score. They only made two of their first ten shots, and fell behind early, 13-4. The lead reached as high as 19, before back to back UMBC #superhoops cut the lead to 34-19 at the half. The Retrievers kept the game competitive in the second half, cutting the deficit down to single digits in the second half. However, they dug themselves in too big of a hole. The final was 67-55 Vermont, and the Catamounts held their lead over Stony Brook in the America East race. Clancy Rugg led the Catamounts with 18 points, but the player I was most impressed with was Brian Vokel. Despite only scoring 6 points, he pulled down 16 rebounds, and really impressed me with his ability to do the little things that Catamounts needed. The Catamounts will surely need his services if they want to repeat as America East champions.
VERMONT 67, at MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY 55
VERMONT 16-7 (9-2) -- S. Carissimo 2-9 5-5 9; B. Voelkel 0-2 6-10 6; C. Rugg 6-9 5-7 18; T. Blue 6-14 1-3 16; L. Apfeld 3-8 6-8 13; E. O'Day 0-1 0-0 0; J. Elbaum 0-0 0-0 0; B. Kilpatrick 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 19-46 23-33 67.
MARYLAND-BALTIMORE COUNTY 6-18 (4-7) -- R. Cook 3-9 3-3 10; B. Neller 4-12 0-0 12; C. Plummer 4-11 1-3 9; Q. Jones 1-5 0-0 2; J. Getz 4-6 2-3 12; A. Morgan 2-5 0-0 4; A. Satchell 2-3 0-0 4; M. Garner 0-1 2-2 2; J. Wertz 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 8-11 55.
Three-point goals: UVM 6-16 (T. Blue 3-7; L. Apfeld 1-3; S. Carissimo 0-3; C. Rugg 1-2; B. Kilpatrick 1-1), UMBC 7-22 (B. Neller 4-12; C. Plummer 0-2; R. Cook 1-3; J. Getz 2-3; Q. Jones 0-1; A. Morgan 0-1); Rebounds: UVM 40 (B. Voelkel 16), UMBC 24 (R. Cook 6); Assists: UVM 15 (S. Carissimo 4), UMBC 11 (J. Getz 3); Total Fouls -- UVM 14, UMBC 24; Fouled Out: UVM-None; UMBC-None.