Thursday, January 8, 2009

Around the League: 1.08.09

Thursday's games:

Maine 64, Stony Brook 54
The Black Bears didn't have a single player exceed 12 points on the night, but balanced scoring and limited turnovers allowed Maine (6-9, 1-1 America East) to grab its first win in conference play this season. Stony Brook (8-7, 1-2 AE) enjoyed a massive plus-15 margin on the boards but turned the ball over 16 times and couldn't make its extra shots count. The Seawolves shot just 33 percent from the field, with leading scorer Muhammad El-Amin's 22 points a product of 19 shots. Demetrius Young was the exception, contributing 14 for the Brook on 6-of-7 shooting and a pair of made free throws. Maine had no answer for Dallis Joyner and Tommy Brenton's efforts on the glass but made up for it with a group effort. Four players scored in double figures as the Black Bears burst out of the gate with 64 percent shooting in the first half. Maine led by as much as 19 in the second half, more than enough cushion to absorb the Seawolves' eventual run. Stony Brook prepares for a non-conference meeting with Dartmouth on Tuesday, while Maine travels to Baltimore to face the Retrievers Saturday night.

Binghamton 91, Vermont 83 (OT)
After trailing for virtually the entire game, the Catamounts managed to scrape together a late run and briefly take the lead before settling for overtime. A second run, however, was not in the cards as Binghamton (10-4, 3-0 AE) exploded for 16 in the extra period to secure a home victory. D.J. Rivera was an even more explosive version of his usual self, dropping 29 points on Vermont (9-5, 0-1 AE) to go with 12 rebounds and six steals. Those steals helped the Bearcats to a plus-four turnover margin, providing extra possessions in a game which was otherwise virtually even. With nearly identical marks in rebounding (15 offensive for each team, with a plus-two advantage for Vermont on the defensive boards) and shooting (both teams hit 29 shots from the field, with the Catamounts taking one extra shot), the turnover advantage for Binghamton presnted itself at the free throw line. Binghamton had six extra free throw attempts and made five more than the Catamounts, a crucial advantage in an up-and-down contest where eight players scored in double figures. The Bearcats head west to meet Utah Valley in a rare non-conference rematch Saturday night, while Vermont returns home to host Albany Sunday afternoon.

Friday's games:
No games scheduled. Around the League will return on Saturday.

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