Previewing @Towson_MBB at UMBC
Courtesy: Mat Schlissel, TowsonTigers.com  
Release: 11/30/2012
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The Towson Tigers (3-3) are heading to Catonsville, Md. for their seventh straight game away from the Towson Center. They face UMBC (1-5) at the RAC Arena at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.
 
The Tigers, who fell at Loyola on Monday night 65-53, have a 34-19 record against the Retrievers all-time. But last season, UMBC defeated the Tigers at the Towson Center, 62-58. Ryan Cook led the Retrievers with 17 points, while Robert Nwankwo led the Tigers with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Tigers really hurt themselves at the line, shooting just 8-of-25 (32 percent).
 
The Retrievers return four starters from a 4-26 team that finished 3-13 in the America East. Aki Thomas is in his first season as acting head coach, taking over for long-time coach Randy Monroe, who resigned days before fall practice began. Thomas, 33, played at the University of Colorado and then transferred to Howard University before being named to the All-MEAC second-team in 2000-01. He had served five seasons as a UMBC assistant and three at Howard.
 
UMBC opened the season on the road, falling at Penn, 80-75. The Retrievers followed that with a home win over Eastern (Pa.), 70-52, on Nov. 12.
 
On Nov. 14, the Retrievers fell to local rival Loyola, 86-70, at Reitz Arena. On No. 20, the Retrievers lost a tough one at home to Central Connecticut, 83-82, in overtime.
 
On Nov. 26, UMBC lost at Marquette, 79-46. Then on Thursday night, the Retrievers lost at home to Canisius, 83-65. The Retrievers struggled from the field, shooting just 30 percent from the field and 3-of-20 from beyond the arc.
 
UMBC averages 68 points per game, while allowing 77.2 points per game. The Retrievers shoot 41 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range, while allowing their opponents to shoot 48 percent from the field and 30 percent from beyond the arc. UMBC forces 17.2 turnovers per game, but commits 17.3 per game. They are also getting out-rebounded by 2.7 per game (37.8 to 35.2).
 
Cook (6-2, 190) leads the Retrievers in scoring with 16.5 ppg and in rebounds with eight per game. He shoots 44 percent from the field and 40 percent (10-for-25) from beyond the arc. The former walk-on is a senior who is also an excellent defender and rebounder.
 
Senior Brian Neller (6-4, 195) and freshman Aaron Morgan (5-11, 175) form a three-guard backcourt with Cook. Neller is third on the team in scoring at 7.8 ppg, while shooting 30 percent from the field and 26 percent (11-for-43) from 3-point range. Morgan leads the Retrievers with 3.7 assists per game.
 
Junior Chase Plummer (6-6, 230) is the most dangerous player in the starting lineup. He led the team in scoring last year, averaging 15.4 ppg, while grabbing 7.4 rebounds per game and is the America East's top returning scorer. This year, Plummer averages 12.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg, while shooting 36 percent from the field. He also leads the team with 15 steals.
 
In the middle, junior Brett Roseboro (6-10, 240) provides a big body who can also score. He also leads the team in blocks with seven and averages 6.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg.
 
The Retrievers can go about nine deep. Sophomore guard Joey Getz (6-0, 180) is the leading scorer off the bench. He averages 6.2 ppg, while shooting 49 percent from the field. He play the point or off the ball.
 
Senior Adrian Satchell (6-2, 205) averages 4.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg in 17.8 mpg. He also shoot 63 percent from the field and 57 percent from the line.
 
Junior guard Jamar Wertz (6-3, 195) adds 4 ppg in three games and contributed 10 points off the bench on Thursday against Canisius.
 
Freshman forward Malik Garner (6-6, 220) also provides some size off the bench with 3.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg in 15.2 mpg.

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