UMBC Coach Bans Team From Locker Room After Loss

Monday, January 16, 2006

The UMBC men's basketball team has been indefinitely banished from its locker room, punishment by Coach Randy Monroe for a sub-par effort in a 75-58 home loss to New Hampshire on Wednesday.

UMBC spokesman Steve Levy confirmed yesterday that Monroe has not permitted the Retrievers to use their usual locker room since Thursday.

Instead, team members are dressing in the courtside media workroom, which also was to be used as a meeting room during halftime of yesterday's home game against Hartford, a 74-73 loss.

Additionally, players have been forbidden to wear apparel bearing the school's name.

The Retrievers (6-10) had been 5-1 at RAC Arena before losing to New Hampshire (5-11), a team that had been averaging 56.6 points per game. Monroe, usually an animated presence on the sideline, spent most of the game sitting dejectedly in a folding chair.

Against Hartford, however, Monroe was whistled for a technical foul for being out of the coach's box with 8 minutes 24 seconds remaining and UMBC holding a 58-49 lead.

ยท RUNNING: Haile Gebrselassie shattered the world half marathon record by 21 seconds while running the last half of the Rock-and-Roll Arizona Marathon in Tempe.

Gebrselassie also broke the 20-kilometer world mark en route. It marked the 19th and 20th times the Ethiopian has broken world records in his career.

"This one is so fantastic because this is my first one in America," he said. "It's a little special to me."

His half marathon time of 58:55 through the streets of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe broke the mark of 59:16, set by Kenyan Samuel Wanjiru in Rotterdam last Sept. 11.

His 20-kilometer time was 55:48. That broke the world record held by his longtime rival, Paul Tergat of Kenya, who ran 56:18 in April 1998.

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