The UMBC basketball team got some long overdue good news Wednesday night, when it snapped a 14-game losing streak by beating Delaware. The Retrievers' fortunes continued to take a turn for the better yesterday, when senior forward Derrick Reid practiced for the first time in nearly five weeks.
Reid was sidelined Dec. 21 with a blood clot in a leg, and underwent a wide assortment of circulatory tests in recent weeks. He has received a clean bill of health, although it is not certain whether coach Earl Hawkins will use Reid tomorrow (7:30 p.m.) when the Retrievers host Towson State.
Reid was averaging team highs of 15.4 points and 6.9 rebounds when he became ill. Without him, the Retrievers lost eight straight. They ended a 14-game skid against Delaware, the preseason favorite in the ECC, recovering from a 22-7 deficit in their biggest Division I comeback ever. Senior center Jim Frantz had a career-high 23 points against the Blue Hens, but had no rebounds in a 30-minute stint.
Even with Reid, UMBC will be hard-pressed to beat Towson State. The Tigers are looking to win five straight regular-season games for the first time since they went to Division I in 1979. Towson State had a five-game win streak ended by Oklahoma in last year's NCAA tournament.