Blakely, Talley Take Home Men's Basketball Weekly Honors

Release: 12/14/2009
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- University of Vermont's Marqus Blakely (Metchuen, N.J./Metchuen) earned his sixth career America East Player of the Week honor and Binghamton University's Dylan Talley (Burlington, N.J./Life Center Acad.) picked up his second Rookie of the Week accolade of the season, the conference office announced Monday afternoon.

Blakely, a senior forward, picked up the award after scoring a career-high 32 points to lead the Catamounts to their fifth straight win Sunday.  Blakely, who shot 12-of-19 in the 80-78 win over Quinnipiac averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals in a pair of wins last week.

The two-time reigning America East Player of the Year, Blakely had just nine points on 3-of-6 shooting at Yale Monday, but added seven rebounds, five assists and five steals. He ranks among the league's top five in several categories, including scoring (2nd - 18.4 ppg), rebounding (2nd - 8.7 rpg), assists (5th - 3.9 apg), steals (1st - 2.8), blocks (2.4 bpg) and field goal percentage (.562).

Blakely moved into the top-40 on the all-time scoring list and is just 30 points shy of the prestigious 1,500 point mark with 1,470. He also eclipsed the 800 rebound plateau recently to move into the top-20 all-time and currently ranks 18th with 813. The two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year, Blakely also is in the top-10 all-time in blocks (213) and has 215 assists and 172 steals.

Tally had 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting in a near win at Drake Saturday and ranks second among all America East rookies with 10.7 points per game. He also added 12 points, four rebounds and three assists against Marshall on Monday and finished his week with 15 points and nine boards against South Dakota Sunday.

Conference Notes
Several other America East players had top performances last week:

• University at Albany's Tim Ambrose (Brentwood, N.Y./Our Savior New American) averaged 18 points in a pair of games last week and had 20 in Tuesday's win at Penn.
• Binghamton's Greer Wright (Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/City College of San Francisco) earned all-tournament honors at the Drake Invitational after averaging 15.0 points and 7.5 boards in two games. Wright also earned all-tourney accolades at the CBE Classic earlier this season.
• Boston University's Corey Lowe (Newton, Mass./Newton North) poured in a season-best 28 points and tied a career mark with seven 3-pointers on 10 tries.
• Hartford's Joe Zeglinski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) averaged 21.5 points in two games last week, including a 25-point, seven 3-pointer performance against Sacred Heart on Friday.
• Maine's Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif.Worcester Acad.) averaged 22.5 points and hit 13-of-23 three-point attempts in two wins last week. Teammate Troy Barnies (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) averaged 15.5 points and 10 boards as well.
• New Hampshire's Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass./Boys to Men) had the best game of his career, finishing with 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting in a win over Central Connecticut Wednesday
• Stony Brook University's Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich./Holt/Lansing CC) had team highs in both of his games last week, scoring 18 points in a win over Colgate Saturday and contributed a game-best 16 points in a loss to Fordham Tuesday.

Home games for America East teams have been few and far between this season, but when they do occur the fan favorite has gone home happy more often than not. The league is a combined 17-11 in home games this season with Stony Brook (3-0), New Hampshire (3-0) and Vermont (1-0) all unbeaten on their home courts. The Catamounts downed Quinnipiac in its home opener Sunday after playing its first 10 games of the season away from Patrick Gym. Albany is currently in the midst of an eight-game road swing, while Binghamton is on the back end of an 11 out of 12 stretch on the road.

Stony Brook improved to 7-3 last week and is off to the program's best start ever as a Division I program and best start overall since beginning 8-1 during the 1992-93 season.

Boston University's John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep) had 21 points in a win over Marist Saturday. The game was Holland's 28th straight in twin figures, which ranks among the sixth-best active streak in the country. Holland's last single-digit effort came on Jan. 2, 2009 against Holy Cross.

Four America East standouts continue to charge up the league's all-time scoring chart. Vermont's Marqus Blakely passed Boston University's Corey Lowe as the league's active leading scorer, at least temporarily. Blakely sits 39th all-time with 1,470 points, while Lowe is just two points behind in 40th place with 1,468 points. Hartford's Joe Zeglinski climbed to 64th with 1,271 points. The Terriers' rounds out the group with 1,077 points.


Albany (4-7) is in the middle of a string of eight consecutive road games … the Great Danes, who have their worst 11-game record since the 2003-04 season, split a pair of away dates last week, winning at Pennsylvania and losing in overtime at Central Connecticut State … Tim Ambrose (Brentwood, N.Y. / Our Savior New American) had 20 points vs. Penn, the 12th time he has reached that mark as a collegian … Ambrose has scored in double figures in seven straight games … Mike Johnson (Queens, N.Y. / Sheepshead Bay) had his best showing of the season with 15 points and seven assists, tying a career-high … the Great Danes posted their largest road win margin since Feb. 22, 2007 in the 78-60 decision at Penn … UAlbany followed a 20-plus point loss with a double-figure win for the first time since Dec. 2000 by shooting a season-best 54.1 percent from the field … UAlbany’s series with Central Connecticut came down to the last possession for the third straight year … the Great Danes are now 8-15 in overtime games at the Division I level … Brett Gifford (Columbia, Md. / Rock Bridge) tied a career-high with 10 points, pulled down a season-best eight rebounds and blocked two shots … Gifford moved into ninth on the school’s all-time blocks list with 61 … Fran Urli (Zagreb, Croatia / Sportska Gymnasium) added a career-high 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench … Ambrose led four players in twin figures with 16 points, his 40th career game in double digits … the Great Danes committed 20 turnovers, the sixth time this season they have reached or surpassed that figure … Will Harris (Queens, N.Y. / Brewster Academy) had his five-game, double-figure scoring streak snapped at CCSU … Harris, who had eight points and eight rebounds against the Blue Devils, was averaging 20.2 points in that span.

Binghamton (3-8) dropped all three games on the week – a tough 14-point home defeat to Conference USA member Marshall and both games at the Drake Invitational… Binghamton trimmed a 17-point second-half deficit to three against Marshall but the Thundering Herd held on as the Bearcats didn’t record a field goal in the game’s final 3:48… At Drake the team was denied a win with a controversial foul call in the closing seconds.  Less than 16 hours later, a sluggish Binghamton team lost to South Dakota… Junior forward Greer Wright (Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/City College of San Francisco) was named to the Drake all-tournament team after scoring 30 points with 15 rebounds in the two games.  Wright, the team’s leading scorer (12.5 ppg.), has hit for double-digits in seven games this season… Freshman point guard Dylan Talley (Burlington, N.J./Life Center Academy) averaged 14.7 points on the week, scoring in double figures all three games.  Talley now has nine games with 10 or more points… Junior guard Chretien Lukusa (Toronto, Ontario/Eastern Commerce Collegiate) was the America East Player of the Game against Marshall (12 pts., 7 rebs.) and then poured in a career-high 21 points against Drake. Lukusa drained 5-of-8 three-pointers and added a career-high seven assists… Junior forward Mahamoud Jabbi (Bronx, N.Y./Alfred E. Smith/SUNY Oswego) produced a season-high 16 points against South Dakota… Binghamton continues its road-heavy non-conference schedule with a game at winless Marist on Sunday.  The Bearcats have played eight of their 11 games away from home and will play three more away games before opening the conference season with … an away game at Albany on January 7.

Boston University (4-6) only played one game this past week, earning its first road victory of the season at Marist, 88-72 … The Terriers shot a blistering 11-17 (.647) from the 3-point line to finish with a program-record tying 15 treys … Senior Corey Lowe (Newton, Mass./Newton North) tallied a season-high 27 points, while tying a career high made 3-pointers with a 7-for-10 performance … He surpasses Kenny Boyd (’74) for sixth-place all-time in the BU record book for career points with 1,468 and only needs 14 assists to reach the top 10 in the category … Sophomore Jake O’Brien (Weymouth, Mass./BC High) recorded his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore Jeff Pelage (Pompano Beach, Fla./Pine Crest School) fell just short of posting his second career one with eight points and 10 boards … Junior John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) also had a strong performance, going 7-for-11 from the field to finish with 27 points … With the victory, the Terriers improve to 3-1 against the Red Foxes and 60-38 all-time against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schools … They will take this week off and return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Case Gymnasium against the Northeast Conference preseason favorite, Mount St. Mary’s, with tip-off set for 7 p.m.

Hartford (2-9) lost twice last week as it wrapped up play for the fall semester … the Hawks lost at St. Francis (NY) on Tuesday, 63-60, when the Terriers hit a three-pointer with under five seconds remaining … Morgan Sabia tied a season high with 20 points and finished just two rebounds shy of his first career double-double … Joe Zeglinski added 18 points, shooting 4-of-10 from beyond the arc … the Hawks became one of the 14 fastest teams in the nation to play their 10th game, concluding a stretch of four games in seven days … Hartford returned home on Friday night to take on in-state rival Sacred Heart, falling 76-65 … Zeglinski knocked down a season-high 25 points, hitting seven three-pointers … Joel Barkers and Andres Torres added 11 points each … the Hawks do not return to the court until December 29, when they travel to Lexington to take on Kentucky, currently ranked fourth in the nation.

Maine (3-4) defeated UMPI at home 133-58 on Thursday evening before defeating Kennesaw St. 57-51 also at home…Maine set school records for points (133), field goals (54) and assists (37) in the 75-point win against UMPI…The game was the first regular season game Maine has played in Memorial Gym since the 2006-07 season…Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./Worcester Academy) led Maine with 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting while Troy Barnies (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) went 10-of-12 from the floor en route to 20 points while adding seven rebounds…Freshman Murphy Burnatowski (Waterloo, Ontario/National Elite Development Academy) had 13 points, nine assists, six rebounds and four steals…Barnies led the Black Bear attack against Kennesaw St. with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds…McLemore poured in 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from behind the arc…Sean McNally (Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner) added 10 rebounds while freshman Mike Allison (Lynden, Ontario/National Elite Development Academy) added seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks…Andrew Rogers (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) dished out five assists…Maine held Kennesaw St. to 5-of-29 shooting from behind the arc…The win was Maine’s third in its last four games…Maine continues play on Sunday against Princeton at 2 p.m.

UMBC (0-9) senior wing Matt Spadafora (Richboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) scored a season-high 16 points and added a career-best nine rebounds, but UMBC could not overcome a nine-point halftime deficit and fell, 79-67, to visiting Rider on Saturday… UMBC shot a season-best 50 percent (25 of 50) from the floor, but the Broncs were 27 of 54 and converted 19 of 22 free throw attempts… UMBC played for the second consecutive game without junior center Robbie Jackson (Aberdeen, Md./Prince Avenue Prep/Marshall), who dressed, but did not see action after suffering a sprained ankle last Saturday at Toledo… Sophomore wing Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md./Brewster (N.H) Acad.), who suffered an ankle sprain on Tuesday in the first half at Penn State, played 17 minutes off the bench, but scored only three points… Freshman forward Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn./Windsor) scored eight of UMBC’s first 12 points as the Retrievers led early, but picked up three first half fouls and finished with 10 points in 17 minutes of work…Both freshman guard Nick Groce (Upper Marlboro, Md./St. Mary’s), who scored eight points, and sophomore post Jake Wasco (Philadelphia, Pa./Franklin Learning Center), who tallied six, each posted career highs in scoring… Groce was two-of-two from the floor, while Wasco was three-of-three… Sophomore guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) has picked up the pace, with double figures in four straight games and the point guard was fourth in the nation in assists (now 6.3) per game entering play last week… De La Rosa has led UMBC in assists in all nine games and has 57 of the teams 110 helpers (51.8 percent) to date… He had a career-high four steals vs. Penn State and held Nittany Lions’ standout guard Talor Battle to seven points… UMBC led the Lions, 23-21, late in the first half, but the hosts scored 20 of the game’s next 24 points en route to the 58-42 victory… The 58 points allowed to Penn State was the fewest permitted by a Retriever team in 10 games vs. Big Ten competition…UMBC begins its final exam period this week and will not play again until Saturday, when they travel to Washington, D.C., to face American University.     

New Hampshire (3-4) went 1-1 last week, defeating Central Connecticut State, 67-55, at home Dec. 9, but falling at Hofstra, 75-58, Dec. 12 ... junior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass./Boys to Men Academy (Chicago)) led the Wildcats to victory against CCSU when he poured in a season-high 25 points on 9 of 14 shooting, including 4 of 7 from behind the arc ... Abreu also made three of his four shots at the line to go along with three rebounds, two assists and a steal ... Abreu followed that performance up with 16 points at Hofstra, while he filled the stat line with four boards, three assists, a block and a steal ... junior guard Tryone Conley (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) strung together back-to-back double-digit games for the first time this year ... Conley tallied 16 points, six rebounds and three assists versus CCSU and then chipped in with 11 points at Hofstra ... junior center Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass./Worcester Academy) posted eight points and three rebounds against CCSU before narrowly missing a double-double with 11 points and nine boards to go along with a career-high trying three assists at Hofstra ... senior Radar Onguetou (Yaounde, Cameroon/New Hampton School) matched his season high with 12 points, while adding six rebounds against CCSU ... sophomore point guard Russell Graham (Norristown, Pa./Norristown) tallied six points, three rebounds and five assists versus CCSU before scoring four points, grabbing three rebounds and handing out two helpers at Hofstra ... the Wildcats have currently won six straight home games dating back to last year, a streak that is tied for the second longest in program history dating back to the 1960-61 season ... UNH won 12 straight games at Lundholm from Nov. 30, 1982-Jan. 2, 1984 ... the program then recorded six straight home W’s from Nov. 25, 1997-Jan. 10, 1998 before the current streak that began Feb. 18, 2009 ... the Wildcats return to action Sunday, Dec. 20 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to Dartmouth College at Lundholm Gymnasium.

Stony Brook (7-3)  went 1-1 on the week, falling at Fordham, 93-77, on Tuesday before defeating Colgate, 66-55 on Saturday … Stony Brook’s 7-3 start matches its best start since 1992-93 … senior Muhammad El-Amin scored a game-high 18 points against Colgate … the Seawolves ended the game on a 12-2 sparked by an El-Amin three with three minutes to go and the shot clock expiring … Stony Brook held Colgate to 32 percent shooting in the second half … sophomore Tommy Brenton had six points and a game-high 12 rebounds … Brenton has had double-digit rebounds in four of his last five games and six this season … Stony Brook’s bench outscored Colgate’s bench 17-3 … SBU has out-scored its opponents bench eight times this season ... Stony Brook is 6-2 in those games … Stony Brook had 12 steals on Saturday against Colgate, its second highest total this season … SBU also had a season-low six turnovers … sophomore Dallis Joyner recorded his first career double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) at Fordham on Tuesday ... the 15 points and 10 rebounds were both career-highs …the Seawolves will now have an eight day break after playing six games in the last 15 days … Stony Brook will travel to take on Sacred Heart on Sunday … it will be the Seawolves eighth road game of the season … it its most road games to start since the 2001-02 team played 10 of its first 11 on the road.  

Vermont  (7-4) went 2-0 on the week to extend its win streak to five straight, as the Cats defeated Yale on the road 72-60 and then topped Quinnipiac at home 80-77 … Senior Nick Vier (Franklin Lakes, N.J./Bergen Catholic) netted a season-high 17 in the road win over the Bulldogs and would combine with backcourt mates Maurice Joseph (Montreal, Quebec/Champlain-St. Lambert) and Joey Accaoui (Lincoln, R.I./St. Andrew’s) to score 44 points on 16-for-28 shooting overall and by going 8-for-17 from three … Vermont shot 51.1 percent from the floor for the game … Monday was the last of 10 straight road games to open the season, as the Cats came from behind in their home opener to top the Bobcats on Sunday … Senior Marqus Blakely (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) poured in a career-high 32 points against Quinnipiac … Blakely surpassed his old high of 30 points, which he had accomplished twice, by going 12-for-19 from the floor and 8-for-11 from the free throw line … At halftime of Sunday’s game the Vermont student-athletes were honored for winning a fifth straight America East Academic Cup and its league-best sixth all-time … Vermont is now 4-0 all-time against Quinnipiac and has won 13 straight against Northeast Conference teams … UVM has won 32 of its last 41 against teams from the state of Connecticut … Vermont has won 57 of its last 60 games when scoring 80 or more … The Cats return to action on Sunday, December 20 when they host former America East rival Delaware at 1 p.m.