Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Around the League: 1.14.09

Wednesday's games:

Hartford 76, Maine 71
Hartford (6-11, 2-1 America East) never trailed and improved to 2-0 at home in conference play with a win over the Black Bears. The Hawks picked up assists on 80 percent of their baskets, carving up the Maine defense and shooting better than 50 percent. The good shooting was necessary -- Maine (6-11, 1-3 AE) performed even better on the boards than their plus-eight rebounding margin would suggest and made 16-0f-19 from the charity stripe. In the end, though, efficient offense carried the day. Jaret von Rosenberg's performance was particularly notable: 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting with five assists and no turnovers. Sean McNally had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Black Bears. Hartford travels to Maryland-Baltimore County on Saturday, while Maine hosts Albany the same day.

New Hampshire 65, Maryland-Baltimore County 47
The Wildcats bounced back from their crushing loss at Boston University with a big win on their home court against the Retrievers. UMBC (7-8, 1-2 AE) turned in its third consecutive underwhelming performance in conference play, losing the lead midway through the first half and never putting up much of a fight in the second frame. UNH (6-8, 2-1 AE) was aided by a return to competent shooting from beyond the arc (6-of-16) and excellent rebounding. Despite no individual player exceeding seven rebounds, the Wildcats compiled 39 rebounds to the Retrievers' 23, affording the home team additional shooting opportunities and helping the Wildcats pull away in the second half. New Hampshire travels to Dartmouth for an in-state battle on Saturday; the Retrievers' Saturday game is home versus Hartford.

Albany 72, Binghamton 66
The red-hot Danes picked up a third consecutive win, this one against the rival Bearcats. Albany (11-6, 3-1 AE) moved in to a tie for first place with Binghamton on the strength of its free-throw shooting. Binghamton (10-6, 3-1 AE) shot 29 free throws, as did Albany, but Albany made 23 while the Bearcats managed to sink less than half of their attempts. Will Harris had a double-double and the Albany starting backcourt of Anthony Raffa and Tim Ambrose combined for 41 points, enough to overcome surprisingly strong perimeter shooting from Binghamton (the Bearcats shot 10-of-25 from beyond the arc). Binghamton hopes to recover when it hosts Boston on Saturday; Albany travels to Orono for their weekend contest.

Thursday's games:

No games scheduled. America East play resumes on Saturday.

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