Saturday, January 10, 2009

Around the League: 1.10.09

Saturday's games:

Yale 71, Hartford 63

Hartford's backcourt continues to exceed expectations after the loss of Joe Zeglinski to injury, but the Bulldog frontcourt had its way with the Hawks in this one. Without Zeglinski, Jaret von Rosenberg and Andres Torres each played 40 minutes and combined for 38 points, 11 rebounds, seven steals, and eight assists against just two turnovers. Unfortunately for Hartford (5-11, 1-1 America East), there was no answer for Ross Morin and Travis Pinick. The pair had 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting with 19 rebounds, dwarfing the Hawks' forwards' output and rendering Hartford's matchup zone useless. Yale (5-9, 0-0 Ivy) outrebounded Hartford by 13 and shot well enough to overcome a turnover margin of minus-6. Despite Morin and Pinick dominating down low, Hartford led for most of the game before Yale pounced with a 19-7 run in the last 9:17. The Hawks host Maine this Wednesday.

Maryland-Baltimore County 61, Maine 59
Darryl Proctor's excellent play continued with an incredibly efficient 26-point performance at the RAC Arena in Baltimore. Proctor missed just two shots from the field, adding eight rebounds and two each of assists, blocks, and steals as UMBC (7-7, 1-1 AE) recovered from its home loss against Stony Brook. Maine (6-10, 1-2 AE), which was coming off a home win over the Seawolves, trailed by as many as 11 before mounting a comeback. Mark Socoby led the Black Bears with 20 points but couldn't make it 23 as his buzzer-beater attempt caught back iron and didn't fall. Both teams resume play this Wednesday, with Hartford hosting the Black Bears and the Retrievers traveling to Durham for a date with New Hampshire.

Utah Valley 80, Binghamton 70
The Bearcats' six-game winning streak came to an end in Orem as the host Wolverines used a 13-6 run to pull away late in the second half. D.J. Rivera was effective for Binghamton (10-5, 3-0 AE) but was held below 20 points. Utah Valley's Ryan Toolson led all scorers with 21 points, but the difference-maker was Justin Baker, who scored 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added eight rebounds off the bench. Utah Valley (8-6) shot 21-of-25 from the free throw line, easily outdoing the Bearcats' 50 percent performance from the line. Free throws and a plus-13 edge in rebounding outweighed Binghamton's six fewer turnovers, producing a different winner than the teams' previous meeting this season. Binghamton returns to the Empire State for a mammoth matchup at Albany this Wednesday.

Sunday's games:
Albany (9-6, 1-1 AE) vs. Vermont (9-5, 0-1 AE)
The Great Danes weren't ready to play against Hartford and almost let Boston University escape with a road win before finding an escape route at the last moment. That caliber of performance won't work against a hungry Vermont team returning home after a road loss. Albany has plenty of fresh bodies to throw at Marqus Blakely, which may or may not be enough to hang with the reigning POY on the boards. Rebounding, of course, isn't enough: it's no good grabbing five consecutive offensive rebounds only to miss six shots in a single possession, as the Great Danes did on Thursday. If the Catamounts are firing on all cylinders Albany will need uncharacteristically strong shooting in order to keep up. Albany has won the last three meetings in the series, but these games are almost always close: those three wins came by a combined five points.

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