CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Big scoring performances from University of New Hampshire's Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass./Worcester Academy) and Binghamton University's Dylan Talley (Burlington, N.J./Life Center Academy) earned the pair America East men's basketball honors for the week ending Nov. 29. DiLiegro garnered Player of the Week honors, while Talley was tabbed Rookie of the Week.
A junior center, DiLiegro started his week with 10 points and eight rebounds in a 78-60 loss at Harvard on Wednesday. He then led UNH to a 72-58 win over Marist on Saturday with a career and America East season-high 27 points and eight boards. DiLegro shot 11-of-19 from the floor and canned all five free throw tries.
Through three weeks of the 2009-10 season, DiLiegro is tied for ninth among conference leaders with 14.0 points per contest and ranks third with 8.8 rebounds.
Talley led all America East rookies by averaging 11.8 points in four games last week. The freshman guard averaged 14.3 points per contest at the CBE Classic West Carolina Sub-Regional, including a career-best 21-point effort in a win over Arkansas-Monticello Wednesday. Talley, who had 11 points in each of the tournament's first two games against Duquesne and Western Carolina, also averaged 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 steals and shot 49 percent from the field.
Talley, who has started all seven games for the Bearcats, ranks third among teammates with 8.7 points and 3.3 rebounds and leads the squad with 2.1 assists per effort.
CONFERENCE WEEKLY NOTES:
THE HONOR ROLL
Several other America East players had top performances to start the season:
• University at Albany's Tim Ambrose (Brentwood, N.Y./Our Savior New American) and Will Harris (Queens, N.Y./Brewster Academy) combined for 47 points in a 76-72 loss at South Florida. Ambrose had 17 of his 25 points in the second half, while Harris scored 23 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the floor.
• Binghamton's Greer Wright (Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/City College of San Francisco) averaged 17.0 points over three games at the CBE Classic West Carolina Sub-Regional last week to earn all-tournament honors.
• Boston University's John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep) averaged 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds to help his squad go 1-1 last week. The junior scored 15 and grabbed seven rebounds in an overtime win over Northeastern Wednesday and followed that with 18 points and nine boards in a loss to Harvard Sunday.
• UMBC's Robbie Jackson (Aberdeen, Md./Prince Avenue Prep/Marshall) contributed 14.5 points per contest in two games last week, including a double-double of 17 pts. and 11 rebs. in a loss to Coppin State Tuesday.
• University of New Hampshire's Radar Onguetou (Yaounde, Cameroon) had a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Marist Saturday.
• Stony Brook University's Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.Y./Scotch Plains-Fanwood) recorded his career high against NJIT for the second straight year by scoring 25 points in a 60-46 Seawolf victory Saturday.
• University of Vermont's Marqus Blakely (Metchuen, N.J./Metchuen) averaged 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in four games last week to help Vermont go 1-3.
Boston University's John Holland became the 130th player in league history to reach the 1,000-point club. Holland, who achieved the mark in a 67-61 overtime win over Northeastern Wednesday, is currently tied for 121st with 1,023 points. The 2008 Rookie of the Year and a first-team all-conference choice last season, Holland ranks fourth among active players behind teammate Corey Lowe (1,430), University of Vermont's Marqus Blakely (1,391) and Hartford University's (1,185).
Now that ever team has several games under its belt, here's a look at what's going on statistically around the league.
• Marqus Blakely currently ranks among the Top 10 in scoring (T-1st, 19.7 ppg), rebounding (4th, 8.7 rpg), assists (6th, 3.9 apg), steals (1st, 3.00) and blocked shots (3.1 bpg).
• Hartford is the lone team in the league with five players averaging twin figures. Joe Zeglinski (14.3 ppg), Joel Barkers (14.0), Morgan Sabia (12.0), Milton Burton (10.8) and Andres Torres (10.3) all score in double digits for the Hawks.
• Stony Brook's +14.6 scoring margin is far and away the best in the conference. The Seawolves rank second by averaging 70.4 points per contest and are holding opponents to just 55.8 points per game en route to their 4-1 start. SBU is holding opponents to just 37.4 percent shooting and outrebounding them by a +6.2 margin.
A PAIR OF "BIG" WINS
America East picked up a pair of wins against teams from power conferences last week. Boston University knocked off the Big Ten's Indiana, 71-67, at the P.R. Tip-Off on Friday, while Vermont outlasted the Big East's Rutgers, 77-71, on Sunday. Boston U's win was the league's first over a Big Ten team since the Terriers downed Indiana in 2004. The Scarlet Knights have now dropped two straight against AE teams. Binghamton won at the RAC, 66-56, last December.
AE WINS OVER THE "BIG SIX" SINCE 2008
BIG EAST - Binghamton 66, at Rutgers 56 (12/6/08)
Vermont 77, at Rutgers 71 (11/22/09
BIG XII - UMBC 66, at Nebraska 64 (12/23/08)
Vermont 84, Colorado 59 (12/30/08)
BIG TEN - Boston U. 71, Indiana 67 (11/19/09)
A number of junior college transfers have made positive impacts at their new schools early on this season:
• Binghamton's Greer Wright (Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Roton Prep/CC San Francisco) ranks second among teammates with 9.0 points and 4.3 rebounds and leads the Bearcats with 2.3 assists through three games.
• Joel Barkers (Washington, D.C./Mr. Zion Christian/Kirkwood CC) and Milton Burton (Birmingham, Ala./Fairfield High Prep/Panola College) are key reasons why Hartford has won back-to-back games. Barkers ranks third in the league in scoring (17.0 ppg) and nine in rebounding (6.3 rpg) while coming off the bench. Burton is averaging 10.0 points and 4.0 boards through four games. He scored a career-high 14 points in the Hawks' near upset of Baylor on Nov. 15.
• Terrance Mitchell (Milton, Fla./Faulkner State CC) is Maine's third-leading scorer to this point (12.8 ppg). He scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Black Bears to a win at Fordham in his debut on Nov. 13.
Several America East Players received national recognition prior to the season starting last week. Vermont's Marqus Blakely was named one of 25 preseason All-Americans by CollegeInsider.com. Blakely was also a first-team selection on College Hoopsnet.com's Mid-Major All-American First Team. Boston University's tandem of John Holland and Corey Lowe were honorable mention selections. Stony Brook's Bryan Dougher and Vermont's Nick Vier were tabbed candidates for the prestigous Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard.
TERRIERS THE TOP PICK
In search of its first league title since 2002, Boston University is the unanimous preseason choice of the coaches to win its sixth America East Men’s Basketball title in 2009-10. The Terriers received all eight possible first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their team) and 64 points, followed by University of Vermont, which received the remaining first-place vote and 56 points. University at Albany barely edged Stony Brook University for third place with 43 points, while the Seawolves came in one point behind with 42, just ahead of University of New Hampshire’s 39. University of Hartford and UMBC tied for sixth with 28 points apiece, while University of Maine (14 points) and Binghamton University (12) rounded out the poll.
THREE UNANIMOUS CHOICES HIGHLIGHT PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE
The three returning first-team all-conference selections from last season highlight the 2009-10 America East Preseason All-Conference Team. University of Vermont’s Marqus Blakely (Metchuen, N.J./Metchuen) and Boston University’s tandem of John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) and Corey Lowe (Newton, Mass./West Newton) were unanimous selections. They were joined by Stony Brook University’s Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich./Holt/Lansing CC) as well as University at Albany’s Tim Ambrose (Brentwood, N.Y./Our Savior New American) and University of Hartford’s Joe Zeglinski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan), who tied for the squad’s final spot.
NEWMAN'S OWN COMES ABOARD
The America East Conference, the University of Hartford and Newman’s Own, Inc. announced on Oct. 28 that Newman’s Own, Inc. will serve as the title sponsor of the 2010 America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship, slated for March 4-7, 2010 at the University of Hartford. The Championship trio of America East, Hartford and Newman’s Own, Inc. will announce a plan later this year that will further cultivate the principles of community service, education and leadership among students from the nine conference campuses.
TEAM-BY-TEAM WEEKLY NOTES:
Albany (3-4) dropped a 76-72 decision to Central Florida on Nov. 28 … the Great Danes were playing their first-ever Conference USA opponent … The upset bid was derailed when Dave Diakite stole an in-bounds pass with 3.6 seconds remaining and made two free throws to seal the outcome … The conference featured 24 lead changes and five ties … Tim Ambrose (Brentwood, N.Y./Our Savior New American) and Will Harris (Queens, N.Y./Brewster Academy) became the 17th UAlbany duo to score 20-plus points in the same game at the Division I level … Ambrose netted 17 of his 25 points after halftime and reached the 20-point mark for the 11th time as a collegian … Harris had 23 points, on 11-of-18 shooting, and scored 20-plus in back-to-back game for the first time … The Great Danes are off to a 3-4 start for the first time since 2007-08 … UAlbany went 4-3 after seven games the previous two seasons … The Great Danes shot better than 50 percent for the second consecutive contest and last accomplished the feat in the final two regular-season games of the 2007-08 campaign … UAlbany made 13-of-13 from the line and did not miss a free throw for the first time since Dec. 6, 2006 (VCU, 10-of-10) … The Great Danes began a string of eight consecutive road dates with a two-game trip to the state of Florida … UAlbany last visited the Sunshine State in the fall of 2005 … the previous longest road swing was five away games to start the 2004-05 season … Fran Urli (Zagreb, Croatia / Panola J.C.) made his first start since the season opener and responded with career-highs in points (6) and rebounds (5) … UAlbany meets crosstown-rival Siena on Dec. 5 as part of men’s and doubleheader at the Times Union Center, a downtown facility in the state capital … The series has averaged 11,179 fans over the last eight years since the series was renewed following a 24-year hiatus.
Binghamton (2-5) had a busy week with four games in six days away from home. The Bearcats went 1-3, defeating Arkansas-Monticello in the team’s final game of the CBE Classic down in Cullowhee, N.C … After lopsided losses to Duquesne and host Western Carolina, Binghamton played a complete game against the Division II Bull Weevils. Freshman point guard Dylan Talley (Burlington, N.J./Life Center Academy) poured in a season-high 21 points and junior forward Greer Wright(Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/City College of San Francisco) added 18 points and four steals. For the week, Wright averaged 14.5 points on 50 percent shooting and also contributed 4.3 rebounds and 1.75 steals … After shooting 49% in the win over Arkansas-Monticello, Binghamton shot a season-best 52 percent in a narrow loss at Rider. In that game, the Bearcats led throughout before succumbing in the final two minutes … Junior walk-on Umur Peten (Ankara, Turkey/Kalaba Anatolien HS/Middle Est Tech Univ.) scored a team-high 14 points on 6-for-8 accuracy and sophomore center Kyrie Sutton (Brooklyn, N.Y./Boys & Girls) added 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting in just 15 minutes of work … The Bearcats held Rider 15 points under its season scoring average but 19 turnovers and a 19-8 fouls discrepancy were factors … Binghamton plays back-to-back home games before hitting the road for five straight games to end the 2009 calendar year.
Boston University (2-5) split its two games last week against cross-town rivals Northeastern and Harvard, extending its win streak against the Huskies to two games while seeing its eight-game winning streak against the Crimson snap … The Terriers and NU went to their first overtime game since 2002 … Junior John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict’s Prep) recorded a team-high seven rebounds and contributed six of his 15 points in the extra session to become the 29th Terrier in program history to reach the 1,000-point benchmark … Senior Corey Lowe (Newton, Mass./Newton North) contributed 18 points as well to move into seventh-place all-time in career points and now has 1,430 after the Harvard game … Freshman B.J. Bailey (Mays Landing, N.J./Holy Spirit) contributed season highs in points (6), rebounds (3) and minutes (21) while also recording his first career steal ... Harvard led by as many as 13 in the first half before the Terriers rallied back in the second to take a nine-point lead with 13 minutes remaining … All five starters scored in double figures for the first time since 2004 ... However, the Terriers were without Valdas Sirutis, Scott Brittain and Bailey and were outscored from the bench, 27-2 … Harvard took advantage of the tired squad with an 18-6 run in the final 6:30 to pull out the win … Terriers next visit No. 13 Connecticut on Wednesday at the Hartford XL Center before hosting Bucknell on Sunday at Agganis Arena.
Hartford (2-4) dropped two games on the road last week, falling to Lafayette and Dartmouth … the Hawks are still looking for their first road victory since Dec. 14, 2008, when they defeated Sacred Heart … the losses saw Hartford’s best and worst offensive outputs of the season, as they fell 86-82 at Lafayette and 68-56 at Dartmouth … five Hawks scored in double figures at Lafayette, the first time that has happened all season … junior Andres Torres (Guaynabo, PR/Colegio Adianez) set a career high with 18 points against the Leopards, the second consecutive game in which he put up a career-high point total … ten Hawks in total scored, including the first collegiate points for freshman Ryan Baker (Cypress, TX/Cy-Fair) … junior Morgan Sabia (San Anselmo, CA/Sir Francis Drake) led the team with 13 points at Dartmouth … junior Kevin Estes (Richmond, VA/Benedictine) added a season-high eight points off the bench … Hartford will have a chance to rebound with three games this week, including two more on the road … they host in-state rival Yale before hitting the road to face Seton Hall and La Salle.
Maine (2-3) fell at home to Qunnipiac on Tuesday night by the score of 59-46…Maine was led by Sean McNally (Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner) who had nine points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and a steal…Freshman Murphy Burnatowski (Waterloo, Ontario/National Elite Development Academy) had eight points, five rebounds, three steals and a block in only 21 minutes…Troy Barnies (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) had 11 points…Junior Bernal (Manhattan, N.Y./MCI) had three assists and nine rebounds and is 28 assists away from 300 for his career while also being 160 points away from 1,000 and 16 rebounds shy of 400…It was Bernal’s second-consecutive nine rebound effort…Maine had seven blocks to Quinnipiac’s none…McNally has had four double-figure scoring games and three double-figure rebounding games with two double-doubles this season and has 10 rebounds in three of the last four games…Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./Worcester Academy) is shooting an impressive 42.5 percent from behind the arc this season…The Black Bears play at Colgate on Thursday at 7 p.m. before traveling to take on #9 Syracuse at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
UMBC (0-5) junior post Robbie Jackson (Aberdeen, Md./Prince Avenue Prep/Marshall) posted his first career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in UMBC’s 77-66 setback to Coppin State … Jackson led the Retrievers with 12 points in the narrow 53-51 loss at James Madison … He hit 10 of 15 shots (66.7%) from the floor and 9 of 11 from the free throw line in the two games… Sophomore wing Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md./Brewster Academy) led all scorers with 20 points vs. Coppin State … He scored 14 second-half points as UMBC trimmed a 19-point second-half deficit to 62-58 on a Shawn Grant (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) 3-point field goal with 1:53 remaining … The Eagles made their final 12 free throws to secure the win in the first meeting between the local rivals in 10 seasons… Sophomore guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) also had a double-double vs. Coppin State with 10 points and 11 assists … Against James Madison, UMBC scored eight straight points to trim a 52-43 deficit to 52-51 with 33 seconds remaining … The Retrievers had two chances to tie or take the lead in the final 12 seconds, but attempts by De La Rosa and senior wing Matt Spadafora (Richboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) were off the mark… The Retrievers outrebounded both opponents this week, including a 41-32 advantage over JMU … Freshman forward Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn./Windsor) posted his first double figures game with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor … UMBC continues its four-game road swing as they take on local foe Towson on on Wednesday and travel to Toledo for a Saturday matinee.
New Hampshire (2-2) went 1-1 last week, losing 78-60 at Harvard on Nov. 25, and defeating Marist, 72-58, at home Nov. 28 … Junior Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass./Worcester Academy) scored a career-high 27 points and added eight rebounds against Marist … DiLiegro scored his points on 11 of 19 shooting from the floor and 5 of 5 shooting at the line … The center had tied his career high after just 14 first-half minutes, and was outscoring Marist at the break, 21-20 … DiLiegro also posted a solid game at Harvard, recording 10 points and eight boards … Junior Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass./Boys to Men Academy) added a season-high 15 points on 5 of 12 shooting against Marist, to go along with three steals … senior Radar Onguetou (Yaounde, Cameroon/New Hampton School) posted a double-double against the Red Foxes with 11 points and 12 boards … Onguetou, who played a game-high 37 minutes, equaled his career high in rebounds, which he originally set at UMBC on Jan. 25, 2007 … Sophomore Russell Graham (Norristown, Pa./Norristown) quarterbacked the offense with a career-high seven assists to go along with four points and five rebounds … senior Colbey Santos (Onset, Mass./Tabor Academy) finished with eight points and four rebounds, while junior Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) added seven points, two boards, an assist, three steals and a block … Onguetou led the Wildcats against Harvard with 12 points and was 3-for-5 from the field, including 2 of 4 from behind the arc … Onguetou also sank four his six free throws and added four rebounds … Abreu chipped in with 10 points, while freshman Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Charter) added a career-high eight off the bench … classmate Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va./Air Force Prep) tallied seven points, two rebounds and two steals … Sophomore Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y.) recorded four points, five boards and a block … The Wildcats return to action Friday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. when they hit the road to battle Pittsburgh, which made it to the Elite Eight a year ago, at the Petersen Events Center.
Stony Brook (4-1) dropped its first game of the season, 75-58, at Rhode Island on Tuesday before defeating the visiting NJIT Highlanders, 60-46, on Saturday afternoon … Stony Brook improved to 4-1 with the victory over NJIT, matching its best start since 1993-94 … The Seawolves are in the midst of a stretch in which they will play three games in five days and four games over the next week … Freshman Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha) scored a season-high 16 points on Tuesday at Rhode Island … Rouse hit his first six shots and knocked down four three-pointers … Rouse received the first start of his career on Saturday in the win over NJIT and dished out three assists. … sophomore Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains-Fanwood) scored a career-high 25 points in the win over NJIT on Saturday … he went 7-for-13 from the field and tied his career-highs with five three-pointers and eight rebounds … sophomore Dallis Joyner (Norffolk, Pa./Granby) tied a career-high with nine rebounds against the Highlanders on Saturday ... sophomore Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md./River Hill/Hargrave) also grabbed nine rebounds against NJIT in addition to setting a career-high with five steals … Stony Brook has not allowed an opposing player to score more than 16 points this season ... the Seawolves have also held three of their five opponents under 40 percent shooting ... Stony Brook has won the battle of the boards in every contest this season ... The Seawolves have now held four of their five opponents under 30 percent shooting from three-point land.
Vermont (3-4) went 1-3 on the week … The Catamounts opened the week at Providence, falling 106-64 … Senior Marqus Blakely (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) led the Cats with 24 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, five steals and four blocks against the Big East school … Freshman Brendan Bald (Millersville, Md./Severna Park) recorded a career-high 12 points, after entering the game without a point in Vermont’s first three contests of the season … Blakely recorded his second straight double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds in a 74-61 loss to Drexel … Junior Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds, while Bald earned his first career start in the game … Blakely topped all scorers with 21 points to go with seven rebounds against Cornell … Blakely finished 7-for-8 from the floor and added three steals, three assists and two blocks … Catamount senior Maurice Joseph (Montreal, Qubec/Champlain-St. Lambert/Michigan State) was held under double digits for the first all season against the Big Red … Vermont got back on track, snapping a three-game slide with an 82-49 win over Toledo on Sunday … Joseph netted a season-high 21 points, hitting five three-pointers, while Blakely added 15 points and a season-high seven assists … Blakely was named to the Legends Classic All-Tournament Team … The Cats are back on the road this week, as they are in the midst of 10 straight away from home to open the year … Vermont will be at Dartmouth on Tuesday and then travels to face NJIT on Saturday.