Saturday, November 14, 2009

Around the League: November 14, 2009

Yesterday's games:
Morgan State 69, Albany 65
For the second consecutive game, Albany suffered from a case of turnovers, posting a minus-nine turnover differential as the Danes dropped their home opener. Morgan State, the defending MEAC champions, produced 11 steals and was led by Reggie Holmes' 23 points. Kevin Thompson added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears. Albany's Tim Ambrose had 21 points; Will Harris had 18.

Stony Brook 75, Maryland-Eastern Shore 57
A 21-4 run over the final 9:49 of the first half gave Stony Brook the lead, then broke the game open as the Seawolves cruised to a comfortable victory against the Hawks of Maryland-Eastern Shore. Muhammad El-Amin led all scorers with 25 points, while Tommy Brenton was his usual self in contributing nine rebounds for Stony Brook. The Hawks' 34 free throw attempts provided an opportunity for the home team to keep the game close, but UMES converted just 16 of those 34, with the 18 missed opportunities matching the margin of victory.

Loyola 79, Vermont 66
Marqus Blakely's 26 points included an uncharacteristically solid 11-of-13 performance at the free throw line, but the rest of the Catamounts couldn't buy a bucket in Baltimore last night. Collectively, Vermont shot just 33.9 percent from the field. An horrific effort on the defensive boards -- Loyola grabbed more than half of its missed shot attempts -- only served to complicate things further for the Catamounts. Blakely truly was the one bright spot for the visiting team, blocking five shots and even draining a 3, reaching his quota for the year.

Maine 76, Fordham 73
The Black Bears did their best to give this game away, watching an 11-point lead with less than three minutes remaining rapidly disappear, but a missed 3 by the Rams' Jio Fontan found the hands of Maine's Gerald McLemore and time expired. McLemore had 26 points to lead all scorers, and Terrance Mitchell chipped in with 21 for the Black Bears. Fontan led Fordham with 25 points. Maine won despite a poor perfomance at the point from Junior Bernal, who scored in double figures but committed eight turnovers and made several costly mistakes down the stretch, possibly a sign of trouble to come.

Quinnipiac 85, Hartford 74
After a back-and-forth first half, Hartford's offense ran out of gas midway through the second frame as the Bobcats pulled away. James Feldeine had 23 for Quinnipiac but was matched by Hartford's Joel Barkers, who may be the interior scorer the Hawks need. Still, Hartford's defense wasn't able to hold up when its offense slowed down, as four Bobcats reached double figures and Quinnipiac picked up a win in the first year of the Connecticut 6 Classic.

Tonight's games:
Bloomsburg at Binghamton, 2:00 PM
Suffolk at New Hampshire, 7:00 PM

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