MEN'S BASKETBALL AT WORCESTER STATE
7 PM TIP
7 PM TIP
The Corsairs continue their road stretch to end the semester tonight at Worcester State. Good news came this afternoon: the Corsairs are up to #10 in the d3hoops.com Top 25 poll. We're back in Worcester tonight for the first time since March 6-7, when the Corsairs completed their memorable run to the Sweet Sixteen by defeating Baruch and WPI to win the Worcester regional. Busing through town tonight certainly brought back some good memories.
But we're not at WPI tonight, and this is not a big game -- far from it. Tonight we're at Worcester State's Lancer Gym, which is most likely the smallest venue the Corsairs will play in all year. This place maybe seats 300. It's a non-conference game during the last week of classes against a team these seniors have beaten handily all three years. Could the Corsairs look past this one? Unlikely, but all the key trap ingredients are in place.
Worcester State comes into tonight's game with a 3-2 overall record. The Lancers are coming off a 2-0 week with wins of 69-64 over Clark here on Thursday night and a 69-62 win at Regis on Saturday. They feature a premier offensive player in Maurice Horton, who is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. But that's about it; nobody else averages in double figures.
The Corsairs are riding high after knocking Bridgewater State out of the Top 25 with an 81-62 win on Wednesday night and picking up a 67-63 conference win at Plymouth on Saturday. UMD is now 5-1 overall and 1-0 in the Little East Conference.
In recent meetings between these two teams, it's been all Corsairs. The Corsairs won 85-74 last November 22nd at the Tripp, led by 19 points from Brandon Shelton and 14 each from Jeff Macchi and Matt Walker. In 2007, the Corsairs won here by a 78-65 score with Macchi tossing in 13 points while Walker scored nine and Brandon Stephens had 7. The Corsairs also won 90-64 at the Tripp back in 2006, a game in which Walker and Macchi saw action.
It's just about gametime here at Lancer Gym. Enjoy it!