Saturday, January 17, 2009

Around the League: 1.17.09

Saturday's games:

Maine 72, Albany 61
Continuing the pattern established by other America East front-runners, Albany (11-7, 3-2 America East) found its position atop the conference a bit too much to maintain. Maine (7-11, 2-3 AE) linked two extended runs together late in the first half and early in the second, outscoring the Danes 36-12 to build a 23-point lead with less than 12 minutes remaining. Albany was even with its opponent in rebounding and won the turnover battle but allowed Maine to attempt 24 more free throws. The Black Bears took advantage, making 27 from the charity stripe to supplement nearly 48 percent shooting from the field. Kaimondre Owes led Maine with 20 points on 5-of-7 shooting. The Black Bears stay at the Alfond to welcome conference leaders New Hampshire (more on that later) this Monday, while Albany seeks to protect its still-unblemished home record this Friday against Stony Brook.

Vermont 83, Stony Brook 72
Speaking of games won at the free throw line, Vermont (11-6, 2-2 AE) followed that strategy to a T this afternoon, making 35 of 47 attempts from the line in a game that was closer than the final score indicates. Stony Brook (9-8, 1-3 AE) trailed virtually the entire game, but when Dallis Joyner's jumper fell with 6:01 remaining the Seawolves were within one and red-hot from the field. The Seawolves' comeback attempt stopped there, however, as Marqus Blakely answered for Vermont on the other end to spark a 15-3 run that put the game away. Mike Trimboli arguably benefitted the most from the Catamounts' free-throw parade, scoring 15 points despite 1-of-8 shooting from the field. Stony Brook shot over 55 percent from its home court only to drop its third straight conference game. The Brook heads to Boston for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day showdown, while Vermont will try to build on its two-game winning streak that evening against Maryland-Baltimore County.

Maryland-Baltimore County 69, Hartford 60

The Retrievers can be dangerous when their scoring options aren't limited to Darryl Proctor. Today was no exception, as five players reached double-digits for Maryland-Baltimore County (8-8, 2-2 AE) en route to victory. In a game characterized by excellent ball-handling and even play on the boards, the Hawks' shooting -- hampered, no doubt, with Joe Zeglinski out for the season -- proved to be its downfall. Hartford (6-12, 2-2 AE) shot less than 35 percent for the game and couldn't generate enough second chance opportunities to make up the difference. Morgan Sabia led all scorers with 18 points in a losing effort. Hartford continues its road trip by heading to Binghamton for a game on Monday, while UMBC hits the road for a battle of .500 teams in Burlington.

New Hampshire 68, Dartmouth 59
The Wildcats defeated their in-state rivals with relative ease, becoming the third America East team to beat the Big Green this season. Dartmouth (2-13, 0-1 Ivy) dropped its eighth straight contest and has yet to beat a Division-I opponent in Hanover during the present campaign. New Hampshire (7-8, 2-1 AE) has won four of its last five and somehow finds itself atop the conference standings less than a week after its blowout loss in Boston. In a game where most statistical categories were fairly even, New Hampshire's five additional made three-point attempts proved the deciding factor. More than half of the Wildcats' makes from beyond the arc came courtesy of Tyrone Conley, who led UNH with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting. New Hampshire looks to continue its recent success this Monday in Orono.

Sunday's games:
There are no games scheduled. America East play resumes on Monday.

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