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Women’s Basketball vs. UMES Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (3-2):
F- Meghan Colabella (8.6ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0spg)
F- Erin Brown (5.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.0apg)
G- Michelle Kurowski (13.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 39% 3-pt%)
G- Carlee Cassidy (23.6ppg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg)
G- Michelle Brokans (2.0ppg, 3.0apg, 2.2spg)

UMES (0-3):
F- Jasmine Speed (4.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 0.3apg)
F- Josephine McLane (3.0ppg, 0.6rpg, 0.6spg)
G- Amber Cook (3.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0spg)
G- Casey Morton (7.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0spg)
G- Tiffany Reid (3.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.0apg)

With April McBride seemily injured UMES doesn’t look to be much of a contender- but they are a distant instate rival and will be ready. I don’t expect UMBC to lose. I actually expect Katie Brooks to have another amazing outing off the bench and Cassidy to get her six straight 20+ perfomance game. Not muc to talk about expect it’s their second game in two day and is their second tournament this season which will prepare them for the conference tournament.


Written by Corey Johns

November 30, 2008 at 5:44 am

Women’s Basketball Beats Western Michigan, Head to Finals in Iona Classic.

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Katie Brooks has been a monster coming of the bench. She scored 23 points today to help lead UMBC to an 81-69 win. But they dind’t keep Carlee Cassidy out either. She scored 21 for her fifth straight 20+ performance to open the season. Michelle Kurowski also had a fine game scoring 14 with 7 rebounds and Meghan Colabella had a great day in the paint getting 12 points with nine rebounds. The win was expected but done in an impressive fashion. They causes 21 turnovers on defense and shot 81.5% from the line and 49% from the floor.

Written by Corey Johns

November 30, 2008 at 5:06 am

Men’s Basketball Beats Toledo

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Free Throws and Defense are the keys to winning basketball, and UMBC is proving it. In games they ahve won they hae shot 80% from the line, in losses just 55%. Well today they shot 90% from the line, causes 5 shot clock violations, and 13 turnovers.

UMBC erased a seven point deficite in the second half with a 10-0 run over a nine minute span to get a lead that held for the rest of the game.

Even thought the offense struggled a bit four guys scored in double figures. Darryl Proctor (14 points 8 rebounds), Jay Greene (14 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds), Chauncey Gilliam off the bench (11 points), and Richard Flemming (10 points including an amazing alley-opp that sparked UMBC in the second half).

As expected Tyrone Kent tore it up for Toledo, 19 points, but Matt Spadafora shut him down in the second half allowing just 2 points (free throws) in the final nine minutes.

Speeking of Matt Spadafora he went up for a layup with 3 minutes left and got elbowed in the eye. He has to get sticked above and below and he hit his head on the court and the way e fell I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a concussion. Which worries me not only because we are missing Matt Spadafora but i gaurentee he’ll be out at least two games and with the six man rotation we run and Frank McKnight leaving we’re thin. Gilliam is probably going to start but somebody has to come of the bench. Brett burrier has been getting a few minutes dispite being a walk-on. My guess is Bakari Smith will get time.

Women’s Basketball vs. Western Michigan Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (2-2):
F- Meghan Colabella (7.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0bpg)
F- Erin Brown (5.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 0.8spg)
G- Michelle Kurowski (13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8spg)
G- Carlee Cassidy (24.3ppg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg)
G- Michele Brokans (1.8ppg, 3.3apg, 2.3spg)

Western Michigan (0-3):
F- Brenna Bankton (14.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 63% 3-pt%)
F- Miame Giden (15.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 0.7spg)
F- Ebony Cleary (6.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 33% 3-pt%)
G- Tiera Delahoussaye (11.3ppg, 3.3apg, 2.8spg)
G- Molly Dwyer (3.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0spg)

One note for UMBC is we have Katie Brooks coming off the bench and she scored 43 points last weekend. Western Kentucky is not a great defensive team. They have been outscored 81-61 on average this season while UMBC has outscored opponents on average 75-72. It can be interesting because Western michigan is a good three point shooting team but I see good thinks for Stern and his run’n’gun offense.

Written by Corey Johns

November 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Men’s Basketball vs. Toledo Preview

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Probable Starters:

UMBC (3-2):
C- Justin Fry (7.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2bpg)
F- Richard Flemming (11.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 53.1 fg%)
F- Darryl Proctor (19.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.2apg)
G- Matt Spadafora (10.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg)
G- Jay Greene (14.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 7.8apg)

Toledo (1-4):
C- Justin Anyjong (8.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0bpg)
F- Emeka Okafor Jr. (7.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg)
G- F- Tyrone Kent (18.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg)
G- Anthony Byrd (7.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg)
G- Ridley Johnson (5.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2apg)

This game shoud be an interesting one and closer than poeple think. Now I do think UMBC will win but Toledo is apart of the MAC conference which is a historically very strong mid-major conference. But this year they are doewn a little and Toledo in’t having the best start. The key for UMBC is hit free throws. In the two games they didn’t hit them well (Morgan State and George Washington) they lost but when they did hit them the won. Sometimes the game is that simple. It’s UMBC’s second game in the RAC this year and last year is was packed, the opener was packed, I expect the arena to be packed again, which really helps UMBC. The most interesting thing we’ll see today is if Randy gets depth in. I understand to an extent why he’s been playing a six man rotation, because games have been going down to the wire and you want your best guys in. But I really want to see what guys like Bakari Smith and Jake Wasco are made of and I think both can contribute.
G- Anthony Byrd (7.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg)

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November 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm

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Vallient Effort Comes Up Short in 70-64 Loss

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and the score was actually closer than that but we fouled at the end in desparation. Overall even though there are no moral victories this was a great outing for UMBC. They did lose, and the down fall was like I said, rebounding (outrebounded 39-29) and free throw shooting, (onlt shot 50%). The fundamentals are key and it causes the loss. But UMBC still had a great outting. With 2 minutes lef tin the game and UMBC down four, George Washington turned the ball over three straight times cutting the clock to 2. They fouled after hoping for a miss and the guy did, but the GW player tipped the ball in for to points and the sealed win.

In the game Justin Fry dominaed the first half. He had 12 points in the game, all in the first. But when the second came along he picked up his fourth foul one minute in and he had to go on the bench, which made his a cold player later one. The game though was dominted by none other than—Jay Greene and Darryl Proctor. Greene knocked down 11 points with 9 assists and four rebounds while Proctor scored 17 with 9 rebounds. Richard Flemming had a good outing scoring 11 points for the fourth time in as many games, and 5 rebounds.

Like I said, it’s not a bad loss. It goes on the record but george Washington is a very tough team and it came down to the wire.

Written by Corey Johns

November 27, 2008 at 7:20 am

McKnight and Adkins Leave Basketball Team

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This came as a big shock to me but after thinking about it, it makes sense. Frank McKnight was a guy I was high on. I think he improved his three point shooting a lot but he knew he wasn’t going to get the playing time he deserved. He’s behind Jay Greene at point guard and with Chris De La Rosa being an imcoming transfer who is likely going to take over at the point next year, he decided to move on and find a new college. It makes sense because he thought he was going to start his junior year but he wants to play and with De La Rosa transfering in he’s moving on.

As for Rodney Adkins, what he’s doing is very respectable, not that what McKnight is doing isn’t. Much like what Tyler Massey, Askins was a walk on who won a championship, isn’t going to get much playing time the rest of the time at UMBC, and is going to focus on academics.

Written by Corey Johns

November 27, 2008 at 12:35 am