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Late Comeback Not Enought, UMBC Loses to Towson 82-77

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Freshman Shawn Grant had a breakout performance against the local rival Towson Tigers as he led all scorers with 28 points as he went 10-14 from the field and 4-6 from both three point range and the foul line.

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Justin Fry Out For First Half of Season

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UMBC Athletics Press Release:

On Sept. 30, UMBC senior forward Justin Fry underwent successful surgery to repair the medial patellofemoral ligament in his right knee in order to prevent the reoccurrence of dislocation.  He suffered the injury during a workout with teammates a month ago.  With a successful rehabilitation, Fry could return to active duty in January of 2010.

Fry averaged 8.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while starting 26 of 7 games last season.  He missed five games in February after suffering a dislocation of the right kneecap in the final moments of a Feb. 7 overtime win at Maine.  The 6’9” post scored a career-high 19 points and collected his third double-double in six outings with 10 rebounds in America East quarterfinal win over Boston University on March 7.

Fry has competed in 89 games in three seasons, starting 59.

Ok on the bright side he has a chance to be back for conference play, but this is obviously a big hit to the men’s basketball team and it is never certain a player can come back at full strength from any injury.

Written by Corey Johns

October 13, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Proctor First Team, Greene Second Team, Controversy Across the Board

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Because the retriever weekly did not feel that my article was a big enough story to cover despite being the lead story on ESPN and yahoo I will post it here.

At the end of the season banquet two retrievers were honored by being selected to the All-America East team.

Darryl Proctor, who was second in the conference in scoring (20.0 p.p.g.) and third in rebounding (8.6 r.p.g.) while shooting 47.4% from the field was named to his second first team all-AEC. Also, Proctor was the only player in the conference to score in double figures every game this year and one of three to scoring in double figures in all conference games.

“He’s a phenomenal player and there is no question about that,” said coach Randy Monroe. “It doesn’t surprise me. He has the will of a lion and it’s just great to coach a player of that talent and he’s just done a phenomenal job.”

Meanwhile Jay Greene was selected to the all-AEC second team after a great season where he scored 12.7 p.p.g. with 6.0 a.p.g. and an assist to turnover ratio of 2.77. Greene was once again in the top 20 in both categories ranking 12th in assist to turnover ratio and 19th in assists.

“He does a terrific job for us,” Monroe said. “Every year he’s gotten better and better and there is no question he’s one of the best guards in the country.”

Justin Fry was also awarded at the end of the year banquet. He was selected to the all-academic team as just the second retriever to do so. The other was former retriever Brian Hodges. Fry accumulated a 3.32 grade-point average as an economics major. It was surprising though to see Matt Spadafora not named to the all-academic team has he accumulated a 4.0 also as an economics major.

While all three of those awards were expected, there was plenty of shocking selections. Most apparent was Binghamton Guard D.J. Rivera not being selected to the all-AEC first team. Rivera was selected to the second team but became the first player in 30 years to lead the AEC in scoring but not be selected to the first team. Rivera was definitely well qualified to be the player of the year in the AEC and missed the first team. Another way to look at it is the best player on the best team (Binghamton won the conference championship) is not one of the best players in the conference.

No player from Binghamton was selected to the first team. His teammate Emanuel Mayben also made a great case for the first team but joined Rivera on the second team.

“We’re not surprised because we go to Binghamton University,” Mayben said. “If you were part of our team you wouldn’t be surprised either. More power to the conference and more power to the first team. We’re just here to win games.”

According to America East Conference Commissioner Patrick Nero Rivera’s absence was a form of protest for his hardship waiver that did not make him sit out a year after transferring from St. Joseph’s after failing out.

“It wasn’t a protest toward the kid at all. It was a protest toward the N.C.A.A. in allowing him to be eligible. It’s unfortunate, I don’t think it’s right. It’s unfair to the young man. He didn’t do anything wrong,” he said.

It was later released that only two coaches, which are unknown due to anonymous voting, left Rivera off their ballots completely.

Other striking controversies included the selection of Marqus Blakely as POY and defensive player of the year for the second year in a row, while it was no surprise that be won DPOY, his POY award came as somewhat of a shock. While he was qualified most expected the award to go to Rivera or Proctor.

“It’s disappointing for him because I thought he deserved it,” Monroe said. “But life goes on and he’s certainly proved that in the tournament and he’s not letting that stop him from doing what he needs to do.”

As far as freshman awards, nothing was more controversial than the absence of UMBC guard Chauncey Gilliam from the all-rookie team.

“He didn’t get on it and those things happen but Chauncey is a gamer and he understands things don’t always your way and you learn from those things and you get ready for the next year,” Monroe said.

Gilliam was seen as a lock for that team by most. He started the majority of the season and scored 10.9 p.p.g. with 4.3 r.p.g. and shot an astounding 53.3% from the floor, good for fourth in the conference.

As was the POY award, the Rookie of the Year award was again very controversial. Boston U forward Jake O’Brien left with that award, and though he lead all freshmen in scoring with 12.6 p.p.g., he was not very impressive in any other part of the game. However, Stony Brook forward Tommy Brenton lead the conference in defensive rebounds and was just 0.1 r.p.g. behind Blakely for the most overall rebounds a game with 8.9. He also scored a very respectable 6.8 p.p.g.

Dr. Proctor and Little Scrappy Come up with Perfect Formula to Lead UMBC to Second Straight Conference Finals

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It was definitely a shocking weekend. Even though UMBc was the higher seed they had to taken out host school Albany who just beat the number two seeded Vermont the day before.

Darryl Proctor once again came up huge, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds, but the day belonged to Jay Greene. As cold as he was yesterday he wasn’t to be denied tonight. He lit it up scoring 29 points with six assists, nailing five threes and going 10-12 from the charity stripe.

Justin Fry and Chauncey Gilliam also had good games. Fry scored nine points and Gilliam scored eight with seven rebounds.

With the win UMBC became just the second ever sixth seed to make it to the conference finals. The other was Vermont in 2006, both were defending champions.

What won the game for UMBC free throw shooting. UMBC as a team hit 18 free thows while Albany was only sent to the line eight times and they only made four of them. It’s also interesting to see that UMBC was terrible all year shooting threes but hit two more than albany ehile the final score was that, six points.

With the 64-58 win over the Great Danes, UMBC will travel to Binghamton to meet the top seeded Bearcats on Saturday, March 14 at 11:00am on a game that will be aired on ESPN2.

Written by Corey Johns

March 9, 2009 at 12:57 am

Men’s Basketball Pulls Off Shocking Upset of No. 3 Boston U With 79-75 Overtime Victory

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Both times UMBC played Boston U this year the retrievers came out on the short end for two losses. But UMBC won when it counted as a comeback sent the first round tournament game against the Terriers to overtime, where they eventually won, 79-75.

“The only thing going through my head was that game that went into overtime in Boston,” said Darryl Proctor. “It’s hard to beat a team three times, especially when it went into overtime so it was bound to happen and we already knew.”

Proctor definitely had a tremendous game, scoring a career high 33 points with 11 rebounds. Reggie Jackson may be know as Mr. October, but Proctor is certainly making a case to be called Mr. March. His stats speak for themselves. In tournament games Proctor is no 4-1 with the only loss being in the NCAA tournament to Gerogetown. IN this five game Proctor has averaged 21.2 p.p.g., 8.2 r.p.g., 3.4 s.p.g., and has shot 54.8% from the field.

“He’s my player of the year,” said Jay Greene. “I’m just fortunate to have a guy like that on my team and he can put the team on his back when needed and he did that today for us.”

Though Greene was cold from the floor as his only two points of the night game from the foul line, he still had a tremendous game with eight rebounds and eight assists. Most importantly he only has two turnovers, which was one of the main reasons UMBC pulled the upset of the No. 3 seeded Terriers. Boston U turned the ball over 15 times while UMBC only did four times.

“I think all year we’ve done a tremendous job taking care of the basketball and a lot of that has to do with Jay,” said coach Randy Monroe. “We’re just fortunate to have a very food guard who has a nose for the ball, who understands the game, and who has a very high basketball IQ.”

The key to the win was the post game. Obviously Proctor played a big role in that, but Justin Fry also scored a career high 19 point with 10 rebounds and played great defense to shut down their inside game.

“Justin Fry has been playing phenomenal basketball since our first game at Boston University, and particularly the second half and he’s just been playing well ever since,” Monroe said. “I know he’s missed about three weeks of action but he’s done a tremendous job just really coming back and giving us a spark.”

But Boston U had a lot of trouble in the paint to help out the UMBC players. At the end of regulation both Scott Brittain and freshman of the year Jake O’Brien fouled out while swingman Matt Wolff fouled out early in the overtime period to give UMBC a tremendous depth advantage, as well as advantage of talent in the paint.

“I didn’t think we were remotely aggressive enough in our four and five position the whole game,” said Boston coach Dennis Wolff. “This is a team we needed to try to put the ball inside a little against and not only weren’t we scoring or getting fouled but it became a liability.”

The entire second half was close, but UMBC never seemed to be able to get something going to put themselves ahead, but that was until UMBC outscored the Terriers 9-2 in the final two and a half minutes of regulation which ended with a game tying lay-up from Proctor with two seconds left that sent it into an extra period.

“It was either me or Jay going to take that shot and I had the ball in my hands so I took initiative and took the shot,” Proctor said.

With eventually overtime victory UMBC advanced to the semi-finals of the conference tournament for the third straight year. On Sunday at 2:00 the Retrievers will have a rematch against Albany, who upset Vermont- who was arguably the best team in the conference, in another overtime game.

“We just played Albany a week ago and it should be an exciting game. I don’t see it being anything less than knockdown, drag out ally fight in the America East conference,” Monroe said. “It’s almost WWE Smackdown on Friday night. You’re just going to see two teams playing hard.”

Written by Corey Johns

March 7, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Basketball Post Season Awards

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First Team

Marqus Blakely
John Holland
Corey Lowe
Darryl Proctor
Mike Trimboli

Second Team

Jay Greene
Tyrece Gibbs
D.J. Rivera
Emanuel Mayben
Muhammad El-Amin

Third Team

Tim Ambrose
Will Harris
Reggie Fuller
Jaret von Rosenberg
Colin McIntosh

Rookie Team

Jake O’Brien
Gerald McLemore
Tommy Brenton
Bryan Dougher
Garvey Young

All-Defensive Team

Marqus Blakely
Reggie Fuller
Jarel Hastings
Matt Wolff
Marques Cox

POY: Marqus Blakely
DPOY: Marqus Blakely
ROY: Jake O’Brien
COY: Kevin Broadus

What a joke this is. I did guess most of these but how was D.J. Rivera not on the first team all-conference. AND HOW DID BLAKELY REPEAT IN BOTH PLAYER OF THE YEAR AND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR. There is no way he was worthy of both. All this shows me is the coaches don’t really care. Corey Lowe should not have been on the first team. I mean I see the argument but how did the conference champions not have a player on the first team. I guess it just has to do with Lowe being a unanimous pick in the preseason polls the coaches didn’t want to look stupid. I do however agree with Proctor and Greene being on the first and second teams. If proctor didn’t make it then it would have just been insane. But I really think he should have been the player of the year. He was the most productive player in the conference by minutes played. Only one player in the conference can say he scored in double figures ever game this year, and that’s Darryl Proctor. And how was Gilliam not on the all-rookie team? I have no clue about that. He meant so much to UMBC and was a candidate for ROY in most opinions. While I didn’t think he would win that award (I picked O’Brien originally but changed my pick) there is no reason he should have been left off. The only think I can think of is the same thing that happened in soccer when Andrew Bulls didn’t make rookie of the year. They didn’t want a team that finished low in the conference to get many awards.

But lets not forget that Justin Fry was named to the all-academic team as the first ever retriever to be one it in the four years it’s been around. Fry’s accumulated a 3.32GPA in ecomincs. this actually surprised me, not that he’s on it but if he’s the first Brian Hodges who graduated with a 3.8 in financial economics in three years didn’t make it. Who knew.

Written by Corey Johns

March 6, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Men’s Basketball’s Three Game Winning Streak Snapped by Number One Vermont, 77-65

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While no loss is good, it’s not horrible to lose to the number one team in the conference, as the men’s basketball team did on Tuesday night. With the loss UMBC stays in fifth place in the conference while Vermont has won 12 of their last 13 games.

Last time the two teams met UMBC was without Jay Greene and Richard Flemming and took a 34 point loss. This time both were back but were still short staffed with Justin Fry out for his third straight game. Without Fry UMBC dressed just eight while Vermont played 11 guys. But the bigger loss was the defensive presence he has inside. Vermont shot 57% inside in the first half, which opened the three point game up for the catamounts the rest of the way. They sunk eight threes in the game.

UMBC was definitely playing high caliber ball in the first half and went into the half with a seven point lead, 37-30, as Greene hit a buzzer beater three and were dominating on the boards, 21-9.

But it was a tale of two halves. UMBC gave up 47 points in the second half, including six threes while Vermont shot 58% from the field. No matter who you play, if you give up 47 points in the second half, when they shoot 58%, you’re not going to win, and Vermont did not let the retrievers leave with an upset.

Five catamounts scored in double figures: Marqus Blakely (13) who scored 11 points in the second half, Colin McIntosh (15), Mike Trimboli (15), Maurice Joseph (13), and Joey Accaoui (12).

Even though the team lost, Darryl Proctor and Chauncey Gilliam did everything they could in order to get a win as they both recorded double-doubles. Proctor tallies 24 points for his 35th straight game in double-figures with 10 rebounds, and Gilliam scored 16 points with 10 rebounds.

On a bright note, Richard Flemming is really playing good basketball as he’s back for his second game since being out for four weeks. He scored 12 points in 28 minutes with 10 of the points coming in the first half.

Even with Flemming’s 12 points off the bench, the bench scoring was the biggest difference. Vermont outscored UMBC 29-12 from the bench, making up for the 12 point loss.

While UMBC’s streak has been snapped, it’s not a terrible loss, UMBC very well can still get back on a roll, and in all honesty, as long as they win the conference tournament they are in, nothing else counts.

Written by Corey Johns

February 18, 2009 at 3:20 pm