Saturday, January 3, 2009

Around the League: 1.03.09

Saturday's games:

Binghamton 70, Maine 62
Maine dropped its fifth consecutive game as the Bearcats (8-4) rolled to an easy victory. After Maine (5-9) took the lead 17-16 with 7:30 remaining in the first half, Brandon Hebert knocked down a 3-pointer and Binghamton never trailed again. The Black Bears were hampered by poor foul shooting as they missed 15-of-32 attempts. D.J. Rivera led the way for Binghamton with 24 points (9-of-16) as the Bearcats shot 24-of-47 on the afternoon (51.1 percent). Three other Bearcats reached double figures while Maine was led by Gerald McLemore, who had 16. Oddly enough, Bingamton (one of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the conference) was 10-of-21 from beyond the arc (47.6 percent). If they keep that up, they're going to be a very dangerous team.

Hartford 64, Albany 54
One game into conference play and we've already got a feel of how wide-open the conference is going to be. Hartford opened its America East schedule at home against one of the hotter teams in the conference and without arguably its best players in Joe Zeglinski (sprained ankle) and led for the entire second half, en route to an eventual 10-point victory. The Hawks know what it takes to win in conference play as they reached the championship game last year. Neither team shot particularly well, as both were under 40 percent from the field on the afternoon, but Hartford (5-9) had three players in double figures compared to Albany's two. Sophomore Morgan Sabia led the way for Hartford with 16 points, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, while Albany's (8-6) Will Harris led all scorers with 17. Harris also grabbed 10 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.

Stony Brook 69, Maryland-Baltimore County 61
Two games into conference play and we've already got a feel of how wide-open the conference is going to be. Okay, we just said that, but if this game isn't indication enough of the parody in America East, then you're never going to be convinced. Stony Brook (if they haven't already been considered so) is ever-so-close to becoming a real threat as their stud freshman Bryan Dougher scored a team-high 19 points (along with Muhammad El-Amin) on 7-of-9 shooting and 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. In fact, it was the Retrievers lack of 3-point shooting and SBU's deadly daggers from beyond that made one of the biggest differences. The Seawolves (8-5) knocked down 8-of-13 from downtown (61.5 percent), while UMBC only hit 1-of-8. Darryl Proctor tried his best to will the Retrievers (6-7) to victory with a 26 point, 10 rebound performance (his sixth double-double of the season), but the only other scorer in double figures for UMBC was Justin Fry, who had 12.

Vermont 73, New Jersey Institute of Technology 47
This one was never in question as Vermont, in a brilliant scheduling move to have a push-over team following a cross-country trip to Hawaii, rolled to an easy victory. Marqus Blakely had 15 points and nine rebounds, while Mike Trimboli contributed 10 points. Not much else to say about this one, other than UVM had an easy time of it. Gary Garris led NJIT with 17 points, while Isaiah Wilkerson chipped in 16.

Sunday's games:
Santa Clara vs. New Hampshire, 1:00 p.m.

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