CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Binghamton University's Emanuel Mayben (Troy, N.Y./Troy/Hudson Valley CC) and Boston University's Jake O'Brien (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) each led their teams to multiple wins last week in earning America East men's basketball Player and Rookie of the Week awards, respectively.
Mayben propelled the Bearcats to a pair of victories that kept them in the hunt for the America East regular season title with a pair of spectacular performances last week. The junior guard started his week by leading the Bearcats back from a 25 point halftime deficit at Vermont Wednesday. He scored 22 of his career-best 31 points in the second half, including down the stretch when the Cats scored on their final nine possessions. He canned five 3-pointer's missing just once and added five rebounds and six assists.
Mayben, a highly touted transfer from UMass via Hudson Valley CC followed that effort with 12 points, 10 assists and five boards but again saved his best for when his team needed his most. With the game tied at 61 in OT Mayben walked the ball up the court and with leading scorer D.J. Rivera heavily guarded called his own number. He drove into the lane, pulled up and drained a 12-foot jumper with 3.7 seconds left to give Binghamton its third straight win and fifth in its last six overall. Mayben ranks third in the league with 4.0 assists a game and is averaging 9.6 points per contest.
O'Brien, a 6-9 forward who likes to play on the perimeter, scored in double figures in all three of his outings last week, and set a new career high to take home his second Rookie of the Week award. He poured in a career-best 25 points in his team's 82-65 win at UMBC Monday and then had 10 points and hit a huge three with 5:20 remaining to double the Terriers lead when the Great Danes had cut a double-digit lead to 3. O'Brien wrapped up his week with 10 points and 7 boards in a 67-49 victory at UNH Saturday, his team's eighth straight win. For the week the freshman from Weymouth, Mass. averaged 15.0 points and 5.3 boards. He leads all rookies with 12.3 points per game.