CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- UMBC's Jay Greene (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) earned America East Player of Week honors on December 3 after leading his team to pair of victories last week. Binghamton's Devon McBride (Richmond, Va./Phoenixville) took home Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending December 2. Click here for the complete weekly release in PDF format.
Greene dished out 11 assists and committed just one turnover in the Retriever's victory over Morgan State on Thursday. On Saturday, he matched career highs with 21 points and six three pointers to help UMBC overcome a 41-34 halftime deficit and post a 81-68 road victory over American. The junior point guard also contributed five assists. For the week, Greene averaged 12.0 points, 8.0 assists and a 4-to-1 assist to turnover ratio.
Greene, who leads America East with 7.43 assists per game and a 3.71 assist to turnover ratio, has been the catalyst for an offense that is averaging a conference-best 81.0 points per game to date. UMBC's 6-1 start is its best-ever in 22 seasons as a Division I program.
McBride averaged 16.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in two games last week. He also hit 67 percent of his shots from the field (12-of-18).
The freshman guard scored a game and career-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting against Cornell on Tuesday. He also added five rebounds. Against Rider on Saturday, McBride tallied 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting in 18 minutes off the bench.
Several America East student-athletes had standout performances last week. Albany seniors Brent Wilson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie) and Brian Lillis (Urbandale, Iowa/West Des Moines Dowling) became the third Great Dane duo to record double-doubles in the same game last week... Wilson scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 75-71 loss to Siena on Saturday, while Lillis had 19 points and 10 boards... Boston University's Carlos Strong (Portland, Maine/Deering) scored a game-high 25 points against Manhattan on Saturday, after posting 24 points and canned six three pointers against nationally-ranked Pittsburgh on Tuesday... Maine senior center Brian Andre (Bingham, Maine/Valley High School) recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds against Providence on Tuesday and followed with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists in the Black Bear's win over New Jersey Tech on Saturday... UNH freshman guard Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) scored a career-best 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting against Rhode Island on Saturday... Teammate Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass./Thayer Academy) averaged 17.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in losses to Harvard and the Rams... Stony Brook's senior guard Ricky Lucas (Herndon, Va./Herndon) scored 19 points and added eight rebounds to lead the Seawolves to their first win of the season on Saturday... Teammate Demetrius Young (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento) recorded a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The Week that Was
UMBC posted two more victories to improve to 6-1 thus far this season. The start is the best in the program's 22 years at the Division I level... Stony Brook held Dartmouth to 35 percent shooting in a 70-43 win on Saturday. The win was the Seawolves first in seven games this season... Hartford junior Warren McLendon (Dublin, Ga./West Laurens) led four Hawks in double figures with 17 points in a 70-64 win over Army on Tuesday.
Playing to the Crowd
Multiple America East teams played in front of large crowds last week... Albany and crosstown-rival Siena were host to 13,262 fans at the Times Union Center in downtown Albany on Saturday night. The attendance figure was the largest since the rivarly began during the 1941-42 campaign... Boston University played in front of 9,433 spectators at Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center on Tuesday... Stony Brook visited historic Rupp Arena on Tuesday and dropped a 62-52 decision to Kentucky. The crowd of 19,269 were the most people the Seawolves have ever entertained... Vermont took on two-time defending national championFlorida in front of 12,908 fans at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa on Friday.
Vermont's Mike Trimboli became the second player in America East to score his 1,000th point this season, when he surpassed the milestone on November 20. Stony Brook's Mitchell Beauford scored his 1,000th career point just last week, while UMBC's Brian Hodges hit the mark on February 15, 2007. Albany's Brent Wilson is just 48 points shy of the milstone and would become the 28th player in school history to reach the mark.
As a result of the scheduling standards that were passed prior to last season, America East teams have continued to schedule quality non-conference opponent to prepare them for league play. This season, America East teams will play 22 combined non-league games against teams that made the NCAA Tournament a year ago, including Vermont taking on two-time defending national champion Florida and UMBC traveling to runner-up Ohio State. Additionally, America East teams will play seven combined games against teams ranked in the preseason AP Poll, including Hartford at No. 6 Louisville, Albany at No. 13 Duke and Stony Brook at No. 20 Kentucky.
Terriers Top Poll
Boston University, winner of a conference-best five America East Championships, was the preseason choice of the coaches to win the league title in 2007-08. The Terriers received five of a possible eight first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their team) and 61 points to outdistance back-to-back champion Albany, which had four first-place votes and 55 points.
Vermont, which earned the America East regular-season title last year en route to its first NIT berth, was chosen third with 50 points. Binghamton, with rookie head coach Kevin Broadus, was picked fourth with 45 points. UMBC (33 points) edged Hartford (31) for fifth place. Stony Brook (19) was seventh while Maine and New Hampshire tied for eighth place with 15 points.
Preseason All-Conference Team
Senior Brian Hodges of UMBC and junior Mike Trimboli of Vermont were unanimous selections to the 2007-08 America East Preseason All-Conference team in voting conducted by the conference’s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
That duo is joined by seniors Brent Wilson of Albany and Mike Gordon of Binghamton, and sophomore Tyler Morris of Boston University.
Back to Binghamton
The America East Men's Basketball Championship returns to Binghamton University’s Events Center on March 7-9, with the title game to be played on March 15 at the higher remaining seed. It is the second time in three years the Events Center has hosted the tournament. It played host to the Women's Championship last season. Reserve your All Session Tournament Pass for the 2008 America East Men’s Basketball Tournament. For more information please call 607-777-3741.
You're on Television
ESPNU will broadcast the first nationally-televised regular-season conference game in America East history when Boston University plays host to Vermont at Agganis Arena on Friday, January 25 at 9 p.m. The game is the marquee match-up in the America East Television schedule, which will include more than 50 games on national or regional sports networks in 2007-08.
The America East Men’s Basketball Championship game will be shown live on March 15 at 12 noon on ESPN2. It marks the 21st straight year the conference championship has been nationally televised.
America East and ESPN Regional Television will produce 20 games for distribution among regional sports networks and local carriers. A total of 14 games involving America East teams will appear on NESN, seven games on Comcast Sports Net, seven games on MASN, four games on CN8, three games on Fox Sports New York, and two games on MSG network.
The America East men’s basketball semifinals will appear on Comcast Sports Net and Time Warner cable while the women’s semifinals and championship are slated for NESN and Time Warner. Eric Frede returns as the play-by-play announcer for America East basketball. Leah Secundo, a veteran of America East television productions, is the color analyst for women’s basketball games. Former Harvard head coach Frank Sullivan will be the men’s basketball color analyst.
Among the out-of-conference highlights are Albany at Duke (ESPN2) on December 17 and Vermont at two-time defending national champion Florida (CN8) on November 30.
Streaming on the Web
For the first time in conference history, America East will produce “enhanced streaming” games, which will be available for free at the AmericaEastZone at AmericaEast.com. Through its partnerships with Pack Network and JumpTV Sports, America East will produce eight women’s basketball games beginning when Hartford visits Boston University on January 5. The package will include two “wildcard” games to be determined by the conference standings in February.
America East will also produce five episodes of America East On Campus, a 30-minute magazine show devoted to the conference’s student-athletes. The third-year show, which will air on regional sports networks including NESN beginning in January, is hosted by Frede, who produces the show along with his Cod Rock Media Productions partner, Dan Hannigan.
Albany (4-2, America East 0-0) had its four-game win streak halted in a 75-71 loss to crosstown-rival Siena on Dec. 1 ... The game was played before the largest crowd since the series began in 1940 with 13,262 fans at the Times Union Center ... The attendance figure was also the eighth-largest in the UAlbany program’s history... UAlbany rallied from a 20-point deficit with 12:35 remaining to make things tight over the last five minutes ... The Great Danes have a 19-19 record in games decided by four points or less since Will Brown became head coach ... Brent Wilson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Prairie) totaled 20 points and tied career-highs in rebounds (11) and three-point field goals (6) against Siena ... Wilson scored 20-plus for the fourth time as a collegian and needs 48 points to reach the 1,000-career plateau ... Brian Lillis (Urbandale, Iowa/West Des Moines Dowling) accounted for 19 points and 10 rebounds, plus tied a career-best with six assists vs. the Saints ... Lillis has scored in double figures in five of six games this season ... Wilson and Lillis became the third UAlbany duo to record double-doubles in the same game since the program upgraded to Division I in 1999 ... Levi Levine and Rhasheed Peterson were the last to accomplish that feat on Jan. 25, 2003 ... Brian Connelly (Audubon, N.J./Camden Catholic) added 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds vs. Siena ... Connelly reached twin figures for the ninth time as a collegian ... Siena was the first opponent to shoot above 50 percent (.509) this season ... the Saints have won six of seven meetings since the series was renewed following a 24-year hiatus in 2001.
Binghamton (1-6, America East 0-0) dropped a pair of road games during the week. Despite continuing the team's offensive production, the Bearcats came up short in a five-point game at Cornell and then an eight-point margin at Rider ... Freshman guard Devon McBride (Richmond, Va./Phoenixville) scored a game-high 20 points at Cornell, hitting 8-of-11 shots off the bench. He drained 3-of-4 three-pointers and added five boards in a season-high 24 minutes. At Rider, McBride chipped in 12 points ... Sophomore forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia/Secondary Railway)averaged 15.0 points and 6.0 rebounds during the week. He is shooting 52 percent from the floor and 74 percent from the line ... Senior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway, N.Y./Far Rockaway/Howard JC) averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 steals in the pair of games. Forbes scored 10 points during a 17-5 second-half Binghamton run at Rider that nearly rallied the Bearcats from 16 points down in the closing minutes. He wound up with a game-high 23 points and a career-high six steals. The half-dozen steals tied the school record (Division I), set by Brandon Carter in 2004 and equaled by senior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) last season at New Hampshire. Forbes hit all eight free throws during the week and is shooting 90 percent from the line this season (26-of-29).
Boston University (1-6, America East 0-0) suffered another pair of losses last week, 80-53 at No. 11/14 Pitt and 72-65 at home against Manhattan ... Against the Panthers, Boston U. got into an early hole the Terriers couldn’t climb out of despite a 17-2 run at the beginning of the second half ... Sophomore guard Carlos Strong (Portland, Maine/Deering) broke out of his scoring slump with 24 points, including six 3-pointers ... Strong added five rebounds ... Freshman John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict’s Prep) was the other Terrier in double figures with 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting and four rebounds ... In the loss to Manhattan, Strong and sophomore guard Corey Lowe (Newton, Mass.) each scored 20-plus points but the Terriers couldn’t sustain their attack as they fell to the Jaspers ... Down 19-5 in the middle of the first, Boston U. used the 3-pointer to get back in the game ... Lowe scored five straight points on a layup and a 3-pointer before Strong knocked down three treys to trim Manhattan's edge to four points, 28-24 with a minute left before the half. A layup by Lowe with 33 seconds left narrowed the gap to 28-26 before Manhattan's Antoine Pearson made a layup with seven seconds left to give the Jaspers a 30-26 halftime lead ... But the Terriers came out flat in the second half as Manhattan ran up another double-digit lead ... Strong tallied 25 on 9-for-21 shooting and had five rebounds, four steals and two blocks ... Lowe posted 23 points on 9-for-19 shooting with five rebounds and six assists. Boston U. hosts Harvard on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Terriers’ last home game for a month.
Hartford (4-5, America East 0-0) extended its winning streak to three games with a victory over Army last week, only to see the streak snapped at Long Island University over the weekend. The Hawks beat Army 70-64 despite blowing a 15-point halftime lead. The Black Knights rallied back to tie the game at 64-64 with 1:52 remaining, though Hartford buckled down to play solid defense and made six free throws in the final minute. Long Island handed Hartford an 86-62 defeat by shooting the lights out from three-point range (53 percent), making a season-high 16 treys ... Junior Warren McLendon (Dublin, Ga./West Laurens/The Citadel) led the Hawks in scoring for the week at 14.0 points per game. He scored a team-high 17 points in the win over Army and finished with 11 points and four blocks at LIU. He currently ranks second on the team in scoring on the season at 12.7 points per game ... Freshman Morgan Sabia (San Anselmo, Calif./Sir Francis Drake) nearly notched his first double-double against Army, finishing with 10 points and a career-high nine rebounds in only 17 minutes. He ranks third on the team in scoring at 8.7 points per game... Sophomore Joe Zeglinski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) leads the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game. He has scored in double figures in every contest thus far and notched his 500th career point against Army... Hartford will have a week off before its next game at North Texas on Saturday, December 8 at 3 p.m. The Mean Green went 23-11 last season and earned an NCAA Tournament berth by winning the Sun Belt Championship.
Maine (4-4, America East 0-0) began a difficult stretch against Providence on Nov. 27 that will also include playing against Florida State and the University of Connecticut within one month ...The Black Bears recent starting five have all been from the state of Maine, the last time that happened was during the 1952-53 season ... Against New Jersey Tech on Saturday, freshmen Troy Barnies (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) and Malachi Peay (Queens, New York/Campus Magnet) both made their collegiate debuts, and both had the first points of their careers ... Sophomore forward Jordan Cook (Hampden, Maine/Hampden) has set career-highs this season in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, while senior center Brian Andre has increased his career-high in points three times this season ... The Black Bears, according to average grade level by giving a value of one to freshman, two to a sophomore etc., have the youngest team in America East, with a grade level average of just under a sophomore ... At Florida State, Maine will play against a familiar face in Ralph Mims, who was a standout at Brunswick High School in Maine.
UMBC (6-1, America East 0-0) is off to its best seven-game start in its 22-year Division I history ... Only the 1981-82 team started a season better, at 7-0 ... The Retrievers extended their current winning streak to three with wins over Morgan State (84-76) and at American (83-68) in a span of 43 hours last week ... UMBC, averaging 81.0 points per game, has scored 70 or more points in its first seven games, also a new school Division I record ... The Retrievers have scored 567 points through seven games—only the 2000-01 team (586 points) has scored more at the seven-game mark ... UMBC never trailed in the win over Morgan (4-3), building a 20-point first half lead before holding off a late second half Bear rally ... The Bears’ previous high for points allowed on the season was 69 at Connecticut ... America East Player of the Game, junior forward Darryl Proctor (District Heights, Md./Paul IV/Coppin State) hit nine of 15 shots from the floor in an 18-point, six-rebound and three-steal effort... senior forward Cavell Johnson (Fort Washington, Md./Notre Dame Acad./James Madison) posted his second double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while senior guard Ray Barbosa (Allentown, Pa./Allen/James Madison) led UMBC with 21 points... junior guard Jay Greene (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) has piloted UMBC to a 6-1 start and emerged from an early season scoring drought to spearhead Saturday’s 83-68 come-from-behind win at American ... He tied career highs with six 3-pt. field goals (6/10) and 21 points in the win... Greene hit four of six from behind the arc in UMBC’s 49-point second half ... He recorded a season-high 11 assists in the Retrievers’ 84-76 win over Morgan State on Thursday, is averaging 7.4 assists per game and has assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.29 ... Greene has moved into eighth place on UMBC’s all-time assists list with 312 and into seventh place in school history with 119 three-point field goals ... senior guard Brian Hodges (Upper Marlboro, Md./Bishop McNamara) and Proctor have scored in double figures in all seven games as four Retrievers scored in doubles for the fifth straight game against American ... The Eagles had been allowing just 58.9 points per game before UMBC dropped 83 on Saturday ... The Retrievers are now 3-0 when trailing at halftime this season ... 6-foot-3 “combo”-guard Bakari Smith (Silver Spring, Md./Blake/Baltimore City CC) has signed a national letter of intent and will have three years of eligibility at UMBC, beginning in the fall of 2008 ... The Retrievers will play their 600th Division I game on Tuesday when they visit Wichita State for the first time.
New Hampshire (3-3, America East 0-0) went 0-2 last week, dropping one on the road to Harvard, 72-67, Nov. 28, and losing at Rhode Island, 87-76, Dec. 1 ... Junior guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass./Brockton) did everything he could to lead the Wildcats to victory in both games, scoring 16 points, recording seven rebounds and tallying three assists versus Harvard, and then following that up with a 17-point, eight-rebound, five-assist against Rhode Island ... Fellow co-captain, senior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va./Flint Hill), backed both of Gibbs’ efforts, scoring 18 points and pulling down four rebounds at Harvard, and matching the 18 versus Rhode Island, while adding five rebounds and four assists ... Christensen led a furious Wildcat rally in the second half against Rhode Island, hitting on 6-of-6 from the field, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc ... Freshman Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) had the best week of his young college career ... After chipping in with eight points and four rebounds against Harvard, Conley went off against Rhode Island, scoring a career-high 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-7 from behind the arc ... Conley also added two assists and three steals ... Freshman Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass./Boys to Men) chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds against the Crimson, while junior guard Eric Gilchrese (Springfield, Ill./Lewis & Clark) handed out seven assists at Rhode Island ... The Wildcats host Northeastern on Monday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m., and travel to Brown on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
Stony Brook (1-6, America East 0-0) picked up its first victory of the season on Saturday with a 70-43 rout of Dartmouth ... Senior Ricky Lucas (Herndon, Va./Herndon/George Washington), the America East Player of the Game, scored 12 of his 19 in the first half and also finished the game with eight boards ... Junior Demetrius Young (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento/Yuba College) recorded a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds) ... The double-double was the first of the season for the Seawolves and the first for Stony Brook since senior Emanuel Neto (Luanda, Angola/Colegio Henriques/San Jacinto College) recorded one against Maine last season ... Young averaged 10.5 rebounds in the two games this week and the 14 against Dartmouth is the most by a Stony Brook player this season ... The victory margin was the largest since the Seawolves defeated Rhode Island College 95-51 in the 2002-03 season ... Stony Brook held Dartmouth to just 15 points in the first half ... The Seawolves opened up the week with a 62-52 loss to Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Tuesday night ... Senior Mitchell Beauford (Queens, N.Y./Christ the King) led all scorers with 20 points, the first Stony Brook player to reach the 20 point mark this season. Stony Brook held UK to just one field goal over the first 10:40 of the game and trailed by just six with less than six minutes remaining in the game ... The crowd of 19,269 was the largest crowd the Seawolves have ever played in front of ... Stony Brook also forced UK into 23 turnovers, its most since Feb. 15, 2006.
Vermont (2-5, 0-0 America East) went 0-2 on the week, falling at Dartmouth and in a neutral site contest in Tampa, Fla. against the two-time defending NCAA champion Florida Gators ... On Tuesday, the Cats led 75-74 but a lay-up with 7.2 seconds left would prove to be the difference and lead the Big Green to a come from behind victory ... Sophomore Marqus Blakely (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) led four Catamounts in double figures with 23 points and 10 rebounds as the loss snapped a two-game win streak ... Blakely earned his third double-double of the season as he went 13-for-17 from the line and added three blocks in the contest ... Junior Mike Trimboli (Norwalk, Conn./St. Luke’s) finished with 19 ... Tuesday was the 93rd career meeting between the two teams, as Dartmouth is the Catamounts most common Division I opponent that is not a member of the America East ... On Friday Florida shot 59.6 percent for the game on its way to an 86-61 victory ... Trimboli netted a game-high 23 points, while Blakely went for 16 and nine boards ... Sophomore Nick Vier (Franklin Lakes, N.J./Bergen Catholic) made his first start of the season against Florida ... The game marked the third time since 1960 that the Cats had faced the reigning champs from the previous season (Connecticut in 1999 and Villanova in 1985) ... Vermont is next in action on Saturday, December 8 when the Catamounts travel to face Yale starting at 2:00 p.m.