CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Binghamton University has swept this weeks men's basketball awards as Greer Wright (Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/City College of San Francisco) and Pina Guillaume (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Westlake Prep) were named Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively after leading the Bearcats to a win at Marist. The awards for the week ending Dec. 20 were announced Monday afternoon.
Wright scored a career-best 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting to lead the Bearcats to a 70-52 win in Poughkeepsie on Sunday. The junior guard also contributed four rebounds, three assists, three steals and a pair of blocks in 36 minutes of action.
A transfer from the City College of San Francisco, Greer is one of seven players to rank among the league's Top 20 in both scoring and rebounding. He is averaging a team-best 13.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, good for seventh and tied for 19th, respectively. He also ranks 10th in blocks (0.8) and 13th in field goal percentage (.433)
Guillaume scored just three points yet had a career-day on the defensive end against the Red Foxes. The freshman center had career-bests of 13 rebounds and five blocks in 26 minutes off the bench. Both efforts tied America East season highs.
Guillaume, who played an important role in holding Marist to 29 percent shooting, has played in eight games with two starts in his first year in Vestal. The freshman center is averaging 3.9 rebounds in just 11.9 minutes per game.
THE HONOR ROLL
Several other America East players had top performances last week:
• University at Albany's Will Harris (Queens, N.Y./Brewster Academy) had 16 of his 20 points in the first half against Iona and Tim Ambrose (Brentwood, N.Y./Our Savior New American) had 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and an America East six steals.
• Binghamton's Dylan Talley (Burlington, N.J./Life Center Academy) scored 17 points, pulled down seven rebounds and added three assists in Sunday's win at Marist. Talley has reached twin digits in five straight games and averaging 14.8 points and 5.4 rebounds over that span.
• UMBC's Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) had 11 points, fiva assists, zero turnovers and hit a game-winning 15-foot jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining to give UMBC a 59-57 win at American Sunday. Sophomore Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md./Hammond) scored a game-high and junior center Robbie Jackson (Aberdeen, Md./Prince Avenue Prep/Marshall) had his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds
• Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass./Boys to Men) Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) each had 21 points in New Hampshire's win over Darmouth Sunday, the Wildcats' seventh straight at Lundholm Gym
• Vermont's Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) had a team-best 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while senior Marqus Blakely (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) added 11 points, nine rebounds and four steals in a loss to Dartmouth Sunday.
Vermont's Marqus Blakely (Metchuen, N.J./Metchuen) continues to make his case as one of the best players in America East history. Blakely ranks among 37th on the all-time scoring list with 1,481 career points. He also eclipsed the 800 rebound plateau recently to move into the top-20 all-time and currently ranks 17th with 822. The two-time defending Defensive Player of the Year, Blakely also is in the top-10 all-time in blocks (214) and has 217 assists and 176 steals.
Boston University's John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep) is currently riding a streak of 28 straight games 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.
WHAT'S ON TELEVISION
A number of games involving America East teams will be televised over the next few weeks. Maine travels to UConn on Tuesday for a meeting with the 11th-ranked Huskies. The game will be shown on SNY in the Tri-State Area and WCTX in Connecticut. Hartford and Albany will both appear on the ESPN Family of Networks after Christmas. The Hawks travel to Rupp Arena Dec. 29 for a meeting with No. 3 Kentucky on ESPN2. The following day, Albany will face defending national champion and 10th-ranked North Carolina on ESPNU. The America East television package kicks off January 2 when Stony Brook battles Boston University. That game can be seen throughout the Northeast on NESN in New England or MSG+ throughout New York and New Jersey.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
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 18-12 in home games this season with New Hampshire (4-0) and Stony Brook unbeaten on its home court. UNH has now won seven straight at Lundholm Gym, the program's longest streak since the 1968-69 season. The Seawolves, who are 7-7 at home since moving to Pritchard Gym last season, have won four straight and six of their last seven dating back to last season.
CONFERENCE PLAY AROUND THE CORNER
While teams still have a couple non-league games remaining on the schedule, conference play kicks off with a pair of games on Jan. 2.
Stony Brook at Boston University, 12 p.m.
- The two teams split last season's series with the home team winning each time.
- Boston U. won a 99-97 four OT thriller last January, while SBU earned a 66-54 win in February on Long Island
- The Catamounts swept last season's series after UMBC won all three meetings during the 2007-08 campaign.
- Marqus Blakely led five 'Cats in twin figures with 13 points and seven rebounds in the two teams' last meeting a 77-65 Vermont win in Baltimore last February.
RISING UP THE RANKS
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 37th all-time with 1,481 points, while Lowe is just 13 points behing in 40th place with 1,468 points. Hartford's Joe Zeglinski climbed to 64th with 1,271 points. The Terriers' John Holland rounds out the group with 1,077 points.
Albany (4-8) has dropped five of its last six outings …the Great Danes are nearing the end of a string of eight consecutive road games … the previous longest road trip was five straight away contests to being the 2004-05 season … UAlbany has not played at SEFCU Arena since Nov. 22 … Iona shot 54.7 percent, the top mark by an opponent this season, in a 75-62 decision on Dec. 17 … Will Harris (Queens, N.Y./Brewster Academy) is averaging 18.4 points and shooting 56.5 percent from the field over his last seven starts … Harris had 16 of his 20 points in the first half against Iona … the 6’5” senior scored 20-plus points for the fourth time this year … Tim Ambrose (Brentwood, N.Y./Our Savior New American) extended his double-figure scoring streak to eight consecutive games … Ambrose had 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and a career-best six steals at Iona … the junior guard has handed out four or more assists in seven contests and leads the team in that category at 3.58 per game … Brett Gifford (Columbia, Mo. / Rock Bridge) has put together back-to-back solid outings with nine points and five rebounds against Iona … Gifford is ninth on the program’s all-time list with 61 blocked shots … Derrek Tartt (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick), Mike Black (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick) and Jake Lindfors (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Driscoll Catholic) are returning home in their team’s match-up with Loyola (Chicago) on Dec. 22 … all three players were high school standouts in the Chicagoland area … Louis Barraza (Phoenix, Ariz./Trevor Browne) will miss the remainder of the season and is scheduled to have abdominal surgery (non-basketball related) prior to the 2010 spring semester … Barraza has not appeared since playing two minutes against Detroit on Nov. 21.
Binghamton (4-8) won its lone game of the week – an 18-point road win at Marist. The victory, Binghamton’s first away win, snapped a three-game losing streak… The team hit the 70-point mark for the third consecutive game… The Bearcats shot 57% from the field and lifted their season percentage to 43%... Junior forward Greer Wright (Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/City College of San Francisco) filled up the stat sheet with 22 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. It was Wright’s second straight 20+ point performance and his season-high in points. He hit 9-of-12 from the field, including 2-of-3 from three-point range. Wright leads the Bearcats in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks… Freshman point guard Dylan Talley (Burlington, N.J./Life Center Academy) chipped in 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Talley has struck for double figures in five straight games and nine overall… Freshman center Pina Guillaume (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Westlake Prep) took advantage of a season-high 26 minutes of action and produced team-highs of 13 rebounds and five blocks… The five blocks are the most of any Bearcat in two seasons. His defensive presence resulted in Marist shooting 29 percent from the field… The team registered 10 blocks at Marist – the most since the 2003-04 squad rejected 10 against Hartford in the inaugural Events Center game on January 31... Binghamton is off until flying to San Francisco to play in the St. Mary’s Classic on Dec. 29-30. The Bearcats will have their hands full in facing the host Gaels (9-1) and two-time defending Southland Conferenace champion Stephen F. Austin.
Boston University (4-6) was idle last week and will return to the court Tuesday night at 7 p.m. against Mount St. Mary’s in a matchup of preseason favorites … The Mountaineers are a member of the Northeast Conference and won the first-ever meeting between the two teams last year, 78-68, in Emmitsburg, Md. … Carlos Strong (Portland, Maine/Deering) led the Terriers in both points (18) and rebounds (6) in the contest … John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.) is the team leader this season in points at 192 and currently ranks 21st all-time in the program as a member of the Northeast Conference and won the first-ever meeting between the two teams last year, 78-68, in Emmitsburg, Md. … Carlos Strong (Portland, Maintop 10 … Senior Corey Lowe (Newton, Mass./Newton North) is only averaging 14.9 ppg after recording 17.2 last season but has seen his assist average jump from 4.1 apg to 4.8 apg through nine games … He sits in sixth-place all-time in the record book for career points with 1,468 and only needs 14 assists to reach the top 10 … Sophomore Jake O’Brien (Weymouth, Mass./BC High) recorded his third double-double of the season at Marist with and is the team leader in rebounding at 6.6 rpg … With his help, the Terriers have recorded five double-doubles after posting a total of four last season … The Terriers will end the year by visiting Dayton on Tuesday, Dec. 29 before starting conference action on Jan. 2.
Hartford (2-9) did not play last week as they began an 18-day break …The team practiced throughout the week as the student-athletes completed their fall semester with exams … The Hawks will not play this coming week as well, and will next take the court on December 29 when they travel to historic Rupp Arena to take on Kentucky, currently ranked third in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls.
Maine (5-4) had its game against Princeton postponed with a make up date to be determined…The Black Bears continue play on Tuesday when they travel to take on their second top-15 team in four games in #14 Connecticut…As of the last NCAA ranking summary on Dec. 13, Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./Worcester Academy) ranked fourth in the country in three-pointers per game with 4.0 and was 35th in three-point field goal percentage, shooting 45.6 percent from behind the arc…Sean McNally also ranks nationally with his 8.3 rebounds per game putting him 95th…As a team the Black Bears rank in the top-third nationally in three-pointers per game, three-point field goal defense, assists per game, assist-to-turnover ratio and turnover margin…McNally and Troy Barnies (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) are tied for the team lead with two double-doubles each on the season…After the UConn game, Maine played at Columbia on Dec. 30 before traveling to Boston College on Jan. 2 for the Black Bears’ third contest in six games against a school in a ‘high-major’ conference…Maine does not return home until Jan. 7 when the Black Bears host Vermont in their first America East game of the season.
UMBC (1-9) sophomore guard Chris De La Rosa’s (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) left elbow jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining broke a 57-all tie and gave the Retrievers a 59-57 victory at American…Sophomore wing Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md./Hammond) led all scorers with 17 points, leading four Retrievers in double figures… Junior post Robbie Jackson (Aberdeen, Md./Prince Avenue Prep/Marshall) posted his second double-double of the season with 12 points and ten rebounds. De La Rosa added 11 points, five assists and committed no turnovers in 34 minutes and senior forward Matt Spadafora (Richboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) contributed 10 points…The Eagles (2-9) were coming off a 62-57 win at De Paul on Wednesday… The game was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday, but 20 inches of snow in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area forced a one-day postponement… Trailing 32-25 at halftime, UMBC scored the first 13 points of the second half to take a 38-32 lead with 15:08 remaining…UMBC fell behind, 14-2, to start the game…UMBC hit 14 of 29 shots from the floor in the second half and finished at 42.4 percent for the game. The Retrievers committed only three second half turnovers (eight for the game) and forced 10 second-half Eagle miscues…American shot only 35.2 percent from the floor for the contest…The win snapped the Retrievers (1-9) losing streak at ten straight, dating back to last season’s America East Championship game setback at Binghamton…De La Rosa entered the week ranked eighth in the nation with 6.3 assists per game… UMBC and American have played the last three years, with the road team winning each time… UMBC has 16 more steals and seven less turnovers than its opponents through ten games. .. The Retrievers take on Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., in their only game of the week on Tuesday… It will be the first meeting between the two schools.
New Hampshire (4-4) went 1-0 last week, upending intrastate rival Dartmouth, 69-59, at Lundholm Gymnasium on Dec. 20 ... junior guard Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) led the Wildcats to victory with 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting, including 3 of 5 from behind the arc ... Conley added a game-high eight rebounds and a pair of swipes in 37 minutes ... UNH built a 15-7 lead in the opening seven minutes of the game behind 12 points from Conley … with the score tied at 46, Conley hit a 3-pointer with 11:20 remaining in the game to give the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish … for Conley, who had 16 of UNH's 32 first-half points, the 21 is a season best and is also just one point shy of his career high ... fellow junior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass./Boys to Men Academy) also poured in 21 points as he was 7-for-12 from the field and 7-for-9 at the line ... Abreu also tallied a pair of rebounds, assists and blocks to go along with a steal in 32 minutes ... classmate Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass./Worcester Academy) recorded nine points on 4 of 7 shooting and pulled in four boards in just 15 minutes ... freshman center Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J./Blair Academy) gave the 'Cats a nice lift off the bench with a career-best five points and three rebounds in 10 minutes ... classmate Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va./Air Force Prep) also chipped in with five points on 2 of 3 shooting … the Wildcats have started the season 4-0 at home for the first time since the 1968-69 campaign … dating back to last year, the ‘Cats have won seven consecutive home games to mark the second longest streak in the last 49 years … the program strung together 12 straight
wins at home from 1982 to 1984 … the Wildcats return to action Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. when they travel to West Point, N.Y. to take on Army.
Stony Brook (7-3) did not play this week after its game at Sacred Heart, scheduled for Sunday, was postponed to Monday at 3 p.m. … it will be Stony Brook’s final non-conference road game of the season … Stony Brook and Sacred Heart have met just twice since both moved to Division I in 1999-00, with each squad winning once … SBU defeated the Pioneers, 75-64, at Stony Brook Arena in the last meeting between the programs on Nov. 23, 2002 … following the game at Sacred Heart, the Seawolves will wrap up their non-conference schedule with home games against Saint Peter’s (Dec. 28) and Holy Cross (Dec. 31) … the Seawolves, 7-3, are off to their best start since the 1992-93 season.
Vermont (7-5) dropped its only game of the week, falling to Delaware at home, 56-50 … The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Catamounts … Junior Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) led Vermont with 14 points and seven rebounds, while senior Marqus Blakely (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) added 11 points, nine rebounds and four steals … Delaware held Vermont to only three made field goals over the final 12:17 of play, outscoring the Cats 24-12 during that stretch … Delaware out-rebounded the Cats 46-35, while limiting Vermont to shoot only 30.4 percent from the floor and 3-for-20 from three for the game … Vermont and Delaware have met in each of the last four seasons, with the visiting team winning every time … Prior to Sunday’s game former Catamount Mike Trimboli ’09 was honored for scoring his 2,000th career point in the season finale at Oregon State last year … The 50 points were a season-low for the Cats and the fewest since they scored 46 in a loss to Drexel at home on November 18, 2006 … The Cats return to action on Monday, December 28 when they travel to face Marist at 7:30 p.m.