Saturday, December 20, 2008

Around the League: 12.20.08

Saturday's games:

Manhattan 86, Binghamton 80
The Jaspers' trip to Vestal was a back-and-forth affair. Binghamton (4-4) built a 38-29 lead with a 12-3 run ending with 2:03 in the first half By halftime, Manhattan (6-3) had tied the game at 38. The Bearcats opened up a 10-point margin early in the second half, only to surrender five consecutive buckets. At 72-all, the Jaspers made one last push, leaving Binghamton in a 79-73 hole. The Bearcats cut the lead to two but never caught their opponent. 19 turnovers ultimately proved fatal for the home team. D.J. Rivera led Binghamton in scoring with 23 points; he has been the Bearcats' top scorer in every game this season.

Albany 60, Sacred Heart 59
With 4:23 remaining in the second half, the Pioneers were up by seven on their home floor. From there, things unraveled in a hurry. In the remaining minutes, Sacred Heart (3-5) missed every shot from the field, grabbed just one rebound and turned the ball over four times, allowing Albany (7-4) to steal a road win with a Mike Johnson free throw. The Pioneers couldn't even manage a last-gasp shot due to a turnover. Sacred Heart shot 52 percent to the Danes' 36 percent but repeatedly shot themselves in the foot, coughing the ball up 23 times to go with Albany's 20 offensive rebounds.

American 74, Maryland-Baltimore County 61
Garrison Carr broke the 1,000-point barrier and did so in style, dropping 34 on the Retrievers to give American (5-5) a road win against a local rival. UMBC (5-5) displayed its usual impeccable ball control but was overwhelmed by the Eagles in the first half. American led 39-17 at halftime, a substantial enough margin to absorb the Retrievers' second-half surges and snap a four-game losing streak. Derrick Mercer added 11 for the Eagles, finishing one point shy of the 1,000-point mark himself; he will likely break the mark against Maryland on Monday.

Sunday's games:
Vermont vs. Quinnipiac, 12:00 p.m.
Harvard vs. Maine, 1:00 p.m.

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