Scouting Report: UMBC

Maryland – Baltimore County enters this game with a 3-5 record and are coming off a 57-53 loss to Long Beach State. Last year La Salle opened their season with a 70-55 victory over the Retrievers. This is their first of four consecutive road games. The Retrievers are loaded with La Salle and local flavor.

Projected Starters:

2 Jay Greene 5"8 SO. G
12 Chris Pugh 6"2 SR. G
23 Thomas Young 6"3 SO. G
44 Mike Housman 6"7 SR. F
40 Uwem Eshietedoho 6"8 SO. F

UMBC is guided by ex-La Salle assistant coach Randy Monroe. Monroe, a Roman Catholic grad, served as an assistant to Speedy Morris while at La Salle and also was an assistant at Vanderbilt. He has recruited his hometown and surrounding area heavily since becoming head coach in 2004. His starting point guard, Jay Greene is an Allentown native and played his high school ball at Whitehall HS. Another starting guard, Thomas Young, is a Plymouth-Whitemarsh graduate and reserve forward , Chris Seaborne, is a Philly native who played at John Bartram.

6th man Brian Hodges is the leading scorer averaging 12.5 pts/game and is among three averaging in double figures. He scored 36 points in a victory over Morgan State recently. He also was UMBC's leading scorer in the game with La Salle last year. He is considered a scorer more than a shooter. Also joining Hodges in double figures is Greene, along with senior Chris Pugh. Greene is their leading three point shooter and knocks them down at a 42% clip. Pugh is the senior leader and an important steadying force for a young Retrievers squad.

UMBC's game is ball control and limiting turnovers. They lead the America East in assist to turnover ratio and would like to keep this game at a controlled pace. The Explorers would like to get out and run but that has been a problem with this young La Salle team. Both teams have similar statistics against similar competition. The Explorers biggest advantage may be rebounding the basketball against the Retrievers. One thing is for sure, the Explorers are going to have to play better basketball than they did in Iowa to win this game. Controlling the jitterbug, Jay Greene is something La Salle must do to disrupt UMBC's offense. If they can do that they may have an opportunity to get some transition buckets which La Salle needs to get more of to be a more complete team.

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