Monday, January 19, 2009

Around the League: 1.19.09

Monday's games:

Binghamton 66, Hartford 59
The Bearcats got 50 of their 66 of their points from the bench. Unusual? Not really -- Kevin Broadus benched his starting guards for yesterday's game before introducing them shortly after the tip. Hartford (6-13, 2-3 America East) gave the Bearcats trouble early by employing a tight zone defense, but in the second half Binghamton (11-7, 4-2 AE) found its shooting touch and outscored the visiting Hawks 47-32 in the final 20 minutes. D.J. Rivera led all scorers with 24 points; Reggie Fuller added 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the Bearcats, who find themselves back atop the conference standings after snapping a three-game losing streak.

Vermont 76, Maryland-Baltimore County 42

With both Jay Greene and Rich Flemming sidelined by injury, the visiting Retrievers never had a chance in this one. Vermont (12-6, 3-2 AE) led by 17 at the half and continued to build on its lead throughout the second half. Maryland-Baltimore County (8-9, 2-3 AE) was crippled from the outset, but it would have been nice to see more than three Retrievers score. Maurice Joseph led the Catamounts with a career-high 19 points fueled by six made threes.

Maine 78, New Hampshire 75 (2 OT)

Stony Brook and Boston University weren't the only schools determined to play past the end of regulation. Host Maine (8-11, 3-3 AE) needed all 50 minutes to knock off New Hampshire (7-9, 2-2) and prevent the Wildcats from retaining possession of first place. UNH grabbed 25 offensive rebounds but shot just 25 percent from the floor in the extra frames, including five missed shots in one final frantic possession. Dane DiLiegro had 12 points and 12 boards for the visitors before fouling out in the second overtime trying to prevent a Malachi Peay layup; the layup was Maine's last made field goal but gave the Black Bears the lead for good.

Tuesday's games:
No games scheduled. America East play resumes on Thursday.

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