The UMBC men’s basketball team has protected its turf at RAC Arena, winning four of five games this season in Catonsville. On the flipside, however, the Retrievers are winless away from home, going 0-8 en route to a 4-9 record.
Coach Aki Thomas knows that if UMBC harbors any hope of advancing deep into the America East tournament, the team must begin winning on the road.
“It’s important,” he said Tuesday. “I’m glad that we’re able to take care of home for the most part, but we’re going to have to steal a few on the road. That’s how things go. The best way I can put it is the teams that win on the road are the teams that can do some damage late in the year.”
The Retrievers’ next shot at getting their first victory on the road starts Sunday at 1 p.m. when they tangle with conference foe UMass Lowell at Costello Athletic Center in Lowell, Mass. The River Hawks have won just one of 12 games, lost their last five, and dropped a 62-48 decision to Vermont on Dec. 18 in the America East opener for both teams.
But Thomas said UMBC should not take UMass Lowell lightly.
“I’ve watched a little tape on UMass Lowell, and they’re really tough,” he said. “They play extremely hard, and they have some really good perimeter players that we’re going to have to worry about and do a good job on. And especially since they’re playing at home, I’ve got to think that they’re going to be pretty confident.”