Freshman guard Bryan Harris makes debut Tuesday night for UMBC men's basketball

November 27, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

He might have played just 11 minutes, but Bryan Harris’ brief outing in the UMBC men’s basketball team’s 75-60 loss to host Towson at SECU Arena on Tuesday night offered reason for optimism.

In his college debut, the freshman had six points on 1-for-6 shooting (4-for-4 from the free-throw line), plus one rebound and two steals. Harris (Southern), who underwent a pair of heart procedures in 2012, initially signed to play at Wofford, but left to be closer to his hometown of Oxon Hill.

“Hopefully, he’s brought some outside shooting to us,” Retrievers coach Aki Thomas said. “I know he had a couple looks tonight, [including] one that went down. He’s another good perimeter defender for us. So he adds a little bit of experience, having a couple games under his belt when he was at Wofford. He’s an older freshman. So his experience will help us.”

UMBC (2-5) has dropped its past three games, but won’t play again until Monday, against UMES (2-3) at home. Thomas said the six-day layoff comes at a good time for players and coaches.

“Yeah, we need the break mentally, physically,” he said. “We’ve had a stretch here where we’ve been playing a couple games per week, and I think it will be good for everybody to get away just for a minute and go home and see some family and come back fresh with fresh legs and fresh minds and ready to get after it, and get back to work against Eastern Shore on Monday.”

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