UMBC Struggles to Begin 19-20 Season

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Nick Lorensen, Staff

2019-20 has not gone as planned for the UMBC Retrievers. UMBC has dropped 11 out of their last 14 games, nearing their worst record in the Ryan Odom era. The Retrievers have not had more than 13 losses in a single season under Odom. 

The early season problems started with the Retrievers schedule. UMBC began the season playing three non-division one teams in their first four games, which included an 88point victory of Valley Forge. But then it started to get shaky. They were playing close games with those teams at home, winning by less than 20. 

UMBC then went down south for a threegame road trip, losing all three games by a combined total of 59 points. After that, the Retrievers would drop nearly every game outside of blowouts against Drexel, Coppin and Penn State York.   

Coming into mid-January, the Retrievers have the seventh worst freethrow percentage in the country. This is in most part because of their front court. They have combined to go 41/97 or 42% from the charity stripe. UMBC is also shooting a terrible 28% from three-point range. That is good for the 27th worst in the country. 

The coaching staff blames the poor early start on injuries. Star five-foot two guard Darnell Rogers picked up a hamstring injury. RJ Eytle Rock missed games here and there because of lingering injuries. Max Curran left for the year with a hand injury from the 2018-19 season. And Arkel Lamar is redshirting due to a shoulder injury and multiple concussions. 

UMBC will try to get back on track in conference play. The Retrievers have begun 0-3, but the league is wide open, and they still have a chance to win it. It all begins on Saturday’s with a game at New Hampshire.