CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- University of Maine's Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./Worcester Academy) and Binghamton University's Greer Wright (Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/City College) had multiple strong showings last week and share America East men's basketball Player of the Week honors, while the Bearcats' Dylan Talley (Burlington, N.J./Life Center Academy) earned his third Rookie of the Week award of the season. The awards for the week ending Jan. 24 were announced Monday afternoon.
McLemore averaged 19.0 points in three wins last week and led his team into sole possession of first-place in the league standings to earn his first career Player of the Week honor. A junior guard, McLemore scored just nine points but collected four rebounds and helped hold UNH to 27.8 shooting in 35 minutes in a 56-42 Maine win. He then scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting overall and 5-of-9 from beyond the arc in a 63-54 win at Albany. An all-rookie selection last season, McLemore saved his best effort for last with a career-high 27 points and eight three-pointers on 11 attempts in a 77-69 victory at Hartford Saturday.
McLemore ranks seventh among conference leaders with 14.3 points per game, is second with 3.3 treys per game and places fifth shooting 40.3 percent from deep.
Wright, a junior guard, contributed 23.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Bearcats to earn Co-Player of the Week accolades. He single-handedly lifted his squad to an upset win over then first-place Vermont Sunday with a season-high 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting and 10 rebounds. Earlier in the week, Wright nearly led the Bearcats to a win at Hartford as he collected 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 64-63 loss.
The league's Player of the Week on Dec. 21, Wright is one of just three players in the league to rank in the top-10 in scoring (6th - 14.9 ppg) and rebounding (9th - 6.1 rpg). In six league tilts, he is second with 19.2 points and tied for fourth with 8.3 boards per game.
In his first action after missing five games with a leg injury, Talley averaged 13.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in two games last week to earn his third Rookie of the Week honor of the season.
The freshman guard had 17 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the floor and added three rebounds at Hartford on Thursday. In the 73-67 win against Vermont on Sunday, Talley finished with nine points, two rebounds and a pair of assists. The league's top rookie scorer, Talley ranks 19th overall with 10.7 points in 16 games.
HIGH SCORERS TOP HONOR ROLL
In addition to McLemore and Wright, several other America East players had huge scoring outputs last week
• University at Albany's Tim Ambrose (Brentwood, N.Y./Our Savior New America) scored 24 points in a loss to Maine Thursday and is just 36 shy of the 1,000 career-point mark.
• Boston University's John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep) averaged 23.0 points in a pair of wins last week, highlighted by a 25 point, 12 rebound performance in a win at UMBC Sunday.
• Hartford's Joe Zeglinski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) averaged 18.0 points in three games last week, including a 20-point performance at Vermont on Jan. 19.
• UMBC's Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md./Brewster Academy) scored a career-high 24 points in an 81-69 loss at Stony Brook on Jan. 18.
• Stony Brook University's Marcus Rouse had a career-high 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting to lead his team to a win over Albany Sunday.
• University of Vermont's Maurice Joseph (Montreal, Quebec/Champlain St-Lambert/Michigan St.) scored a career-high 29 points , including 23 in the second half, in Sunday's loss at Binghamton.
BLACK BEARS ALONE AT TOP
Winners of five straight and eight-of-nine, Maine is off to a 5-1 start in America East play, its best since the 1999-2000, and sits alone in first place atop the league standings. The Black Bears won three games last week, starting win a 56-42 victory over New Hampshire Monday at Alfond Arena. Maine, which has the league's top RPI (121) then earned a pair of road wins, at Albany Thursday and at Hartford Saturday. The Black Bears have won five in a row and eight games overall away from home.
STRONG WEEKS FOR SBU, BOSTON U.
Stony Brook and Boston University both rebounded from losses with strong weeks and sit in a tie for second place in the standings at 6-2. The Seawolves, who had dropped consecutive contests, went 3-0 last week, posting home wins over UMBC and Albany and beating Vermont at Patrick Gym for the first time in nine tries.
Boston University, winners in six of its last seven, downed Albany and UMBC by an average of 19.5 points after dropping a 20-point decision of its own Jan. 17 at Vermont. The Terriers, who feature the league's top offense (70.8 ppg) will travel to Maine Wednesday in a battle for the top spot in the league standings.
MARVELOUS MARQUS BLAKELY
Two-time America East Player and Defensive Player of the Year Marqus Blakely is making a case for a three-peat this season. The senior forward had his second straight double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday and is the only player in the country to rank among his league's top-5 in scoring (2nd - 17.6 ppg), rebounding (1st - 9.3 rpg), assists (4th - 4.0 apg), steals (1st - 2.8 spg) and blocks (1st - 2.2 bpg) and is the only player to lead his team in all those categories.
RISING UP THE RANKS
Four America East standouts continue to charge up the league's all-time scoring chart. Vermont's Boston University's Corey Lowe and Vermont's Marqus Blakely have both cracked the Top-25 all-time with 1,648 and 1,621 career points, respectively. Hartford's Joe Zeglinski is 48th with 1,429 points. The Terriers' John Holland rounds out the group with 1,276 points.
Albany (6-16, AE 1-6) has dropped six of its last seven contests following at 67-61 loss at Stony Brook on Jan. 24 …the tight-fisted league battle featured six ties and five lead changes in the second half … the two programs have split 22 meetings at the Division I level … the Great Danes own a seven-game road losing streak that dates back to Dec. 8 … freshman Mike Black (Chicago, Ill. / Oak Park Fenwick) had 15 points, his fifth time in twin figures, and tied a career-best with five assists … Tim Ambrose (Brentwood, N.Y. / Our Savior New American) scored 14 points, his 47th career double-figure game … Ambrose needs 32 points to reach 1,000 as a collegian … the 6-foot junior totaled 24 points and eight rebounds vs. Maine, reaching the 20-point mark for the 15th time in his career … the Black Bears shot 59.5 percent from the field, the best figure by an opponent this year … the Great Danes have been starting three freshmen for the past four games … Black and Logan Aronhalt (Zanesville, Ohio / Zanesville) are averaging 9.3 and 8.2 points, respectively, over their last nine contests … Blake Metcalf (Camby, Ind. / Plainfield) has grabbed five or more rebounds against nine opponents this season … redshirt freshman Jake Lindors (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / Driscoll Catholic) turned in his best effort since November with seven points, six rebounds and two blocks at Stony Brook … Fran Urli (Zagreb, Croatia / Sportska Gymnasium) has netted eight-plus points on seven occasions … Brett Gifford (Columbia, Mo. / Rock Bridge) has moved into a tie for seventh in career blocks with 68 … Will Harris (Queens, N.Y. / Brewster Academy) is among the A-East leaders in scoring (14.1 ppg), but has missed his last two games with a left knee contusion.
Binghamton (8-13, AE 3-3) split two conference games, suffering a heartbreaking defeat at Hartford before knocking off league-leading Vermont at home. The Bearcats sit in fifth place one-third of the way through the conference slate… At Hartford the team held a 10-point lead with 4:34 left before the Hawks rallied… Three days later Binghamton beat Vermont for the third straight time. In that game, the Bearcats made 10-of-12 free throws in the final 1:33 to hold off the Catamounts… Junior forward Greer Wright (Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/City College of San Francisco) averaged 23.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in the two games. He poured in a season-high 30 points against Vermont and is averaging 19.2 points and 8.3 rebounds against conference opponents … Freshman point guard Dylan Talley (Burlington, N.J./Life Center Academy) returned after missing the last five games with a leg injury. He made an instant impact in the Hartford game, going 7-for-7 from the field for a game-high 17 points. Talley added nine points with two key free throws to seal the win over the Catamounts. He is averaging 10.7 ppg. – the highest scoring average of any freshman in the conference.Junior forwards Moussa Camara (Paris, France/The Rock School/Stoneridge) and Mahamoud Jabbi (Bronx, N.Y./Alfred E. Smith/SUNY Oswego) chipped in 11.0 points and 9.5 points respectively on the week. Jabbi grabbed 8.0 rebounds and had five blocks in the two games.
Boston University (11-9, AE 6-2) rebounded from its tough loss at Vermont with convincing victories over Albany and UMBC … The America East’s No. 1 scoring offense at 70.7 ppg posted 79 points in each contest while holding the Great Danes and Retrievers to 58 and 61 points, respectively … The defense held both teams below 35 percent shooting … In Agganis Arena led by six 3-pointers from Carlos Strong (Portland, Maine/Deering), the Terriers finished with a school record 16 3-pointers against Albany … Strong also added a career-high seven steals, while Corey Lowe (Newton, Mass./Newton North) recorded a personal-best five steals … Leading UMBC by five, 47-42, with 11:30 left, John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.)) recorded the next seven points to finish with his eighth career double-double (25 pts, 12 rebs) and help the Terriers earn a sweep … Sherrod Smith (Milwaukee, Wis./Whitefish Bay) played a season-high 22 minutes and posted a career-high seven rebounds for the win … Lowe added 12 points and six assists to move into fourth-place all-time in the school record book for points with 1,648 … He is also tied-for-seventh in assists at 366 … Having won six of their last seven games, the Terriers will continue their three-game road trip with a visit to Maine on Wednesday followed by a trip to Stony Brook on Saturday.
Hartford (5-15, 3-4 AE) continued its positive play last week, despite claiming just one of the three games it played … battled then-first-place Vermont to the wire at Patrick Gym, refusing to go quietly as the Catamounts could never get comfortable against a tenacious Hartford defense … junior Joe Zeglinski led the team with 20 points against Vermont, his 20th career 20-point game … opened a two-game homestand on Thursday against Binghamton, grabbing a 64-63 victory thanks to a game-ending 13-2 run, capped by a Joe Zeglinski three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining … Zeglinski once again led the team, this time with 16 points, including seven during the 13-2 run … juniors Milton Burton and Joel Barkers each added 13, while junior Morgan Sabia scored 12 and pulled down eight rebounds … freshman Charles White keyed the run with an acrobatic, off-balance jumper that dropped, drawing a foul to reinvigorate his teammates and the Chase Arena crowd with the Hawks down 61-51 and fewer than five minutes remaining … against Maine, Zeglinski led with 18 points while Morgan Sabia added 16 and Joel Barkers contributed 13 … Barkers hit six of his points during a 14-2 run that
opened the second half and erased an 11-point deficit … Zeglinski’s three-pointer, capping the run, put Hartford ahead 46-45 … the game remained tight throughout the second stanza, with Hartford taking the lead six times before eventually falling, 77-69.
Maine (13-6, AE 5-1) moved solely into first place in America East with wins over New Hampshire, Albany and Hartford…Maine has now won five-straight games as well as five-straight road contests…Against New Hampshire, Sean McNally (Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner) led the Black Bears with 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists as Maine won 56-42…McNally became the 25th player to 500 career rebounds in the game… Terrance Mitchell (Milton, Fla./Faulkner State Community College) added 10 points and six rebounds…At Albany, Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./Worcester Academy) scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting including going 5-of-9 from long range as Maine won 63-54…McNally added 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting…McLemore scored a career-high 27 points on 7-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc as the Black Bears defeated Hartford 77-69…The seven three-pointers tied McLemore’s career-best…Mitchell poured in 17 points in the game and went a perfect 9-for-9 from the charity stripe…Maine’s 5-1 start in conference play is the best since the 1999-00 team that also opened up 5-1…The Black Bears’ RPI of 125 as of Sunday night is the highest in the conference…McLemore’s 136 career three-pointers rank him 10th in Maine history…Junior Bernal (Manhattan, N.Y./MCI) is 54 points away from 1,000 and 41 rebounds from 500…Should Bernal reach those numbers, he would be the first player in program history to 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 150 steals…Maine continues action at home with Boston University on Wednesday and UMBC on Saturday.
UMBC (1-19, AE 0-7) sophomore Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md./Brewster Acad.) scored a career high 24 points in Monday’s 81-69 loss at Stony Brook… Gilliam had posted a 21-point effort at Albany two days earlier, scoring 20 or more points in back-to-back games for the first time in his career... He added 16 points vs. UNH on Wednesday and 10 vs. Boston University on Sunday to post double figures in four straight games, one shy of a personal best… UMBC fell behind the Seawolves, 20-4, to open the game, but were within, 68-62, with the ball and less than three minutes to play, but could not complete the rally… After hitting 24 three-point field goals in three games, UMBC cooled at the worst possible time, hitting only one-of-nine in a 62-58 loss to New Hampshire on Wednesday… Free throw shooting also cost the Retrievers in the game vs. the Wildcats, as they missed four of six free throws in the final 91 seconds in the four-point loss… That game marked the eighth time that UMBC trailed by eight points or less with five minutes to play, but were unable to pull out a victory… Senior wing Matt Spadafora (Richboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) posted a career-high 10 rebounds vs. the Wildcats… Sophomore guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) had 18 assists and just two turnovers in the three games this week… He scored 18 points in Sunday’s setback vs. Boston University… Freshman post Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn./Windsor) tied his career high with 10 rebounds vs. the Terriers… UMBC sliced a 17-point early second half deficit to 47-42, but a subsequent 17-1 Terrier run sealed the win for the visitors… The Retrievers complete the three-game homestand vs. Binghamton on Wednesday, then travel to Maine for a Saturday matinee.
New Hampshire (7-10, AE 2-4) went 1-1 last week, splitting a pair of road games at Maine (56-42 loss) on Jan. 18 and at UMBC (62-58 win) on Jan. 21 … the win at UMBC marked UNH’s first road victory of the season and closed out a three-game road stretch that is part of a larger span in which the Wildcats play 6 of 8 away from Durham … junior guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass./Boys to Men Academy) led the ‘Cats with 22 points and four rebounds, while freshman Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Charter) chipped in with a career-best 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including 2 of 3 from behind the arc … Myrick also added two rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal in a career-high tying 19 minutes … the freshman crafted a 12-0 run that pushed his team’s lead from 43-40 with 10:22 to play, to 52-43 with 7:08 remaining … Myrick sparked the run when he drove to the hoop, took contact, made the layup and converted the three-point play at the line … after a Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) 3-pointer, Myrick made a steal in the open court and took it in for a layup, then set up Dane DiLiegro with a quick no-look pass that led to a dunk, before hitting a runner in the lane to cap the stretch … Conley added 14 points and six boards, and led UNH at Maine with 13 … sophomore Russell Graham (Norristown, Pa.) had a solid game at Maine, tallying six points, eight boards and seven assists, while not turning the ball over a single time … the Wildcats return to action Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. when they play host to Vermont at Lundholm Gymnasium live on NESN.
Stony Brook (14-7, AE 6-2) won all of its three games this week, sandwiching home wins over UMBC and Albany around a road win at Vermont … Stony Brook is off to its best start in conference play since joining the America East in 2001-02 … the Seawolves are also off to their best overall start since 1990-91 … Stony Brook is now 8-1 at home … matching its best start at home since the 2000-01 season … Stony Brook’s win at Vermont was its first win in nine trips to Patrick Gym … sophomore Bryan Dougher scored 23 points against UMBC and 20 against Vermont and has scored 20+ points in four of his last seven games … his three with 1:08 remaining broke a 58-all tie on Sunday against Albany … he now has 65 threes this season and is two threes from breaking his own Division I program record for threes in a season … he is shooting 56.1 percent (31-for-55) from three during conference play … sophomore Dallis Joyner (10 points, 10 rebounds) recorded his third double-double of the season on Sunday against Vermont and has now recorded double-digit rebounds in three straight games … he is averaging 10.5 and 10.3 rebounds over his last four games … Joyner had a career-high 12 rebounds on Monday against UMBC … junior Chris Martin had 12 points and a career-best eight rebounds on Monday against UMBC … he then scored all of his 13 points in the second half in the win over Vermont.
Vermont (14-7, AE 5-2) went 1-2 on the week in America East play … The Cats opened the week with a 78-66 victory over Hartford at home behind a combined 39 points and 15 rebounds from senior Marqus Blakely (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) and junior Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) … Blakely scored a game-high 24 points and added seven rebounds, while Fjeld added 15 and eight … The two combined to shoot 15-for-22 from the floor … The Cats dropped their first league game of the season on Thursday when they fell at home to Stony Brook, 65-60 … Blakely finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season, while Fjeld earned his first with 13 points, 10 rebounds and a game-high three blocks … Vermont shot only 57.1 percent (16-for-28) from the line and 12.5 percent (2-for-16) from three for the game … Vermont had won 18 of its last 19 America East regular season games prior to the loss to the Seawolves … Binghamton handed the Cats their second straight loss on Sunday, 73-67 … Senior Maurice Joseph (Montreal, Quebec/Champlain-St. Lambert/Michigan State) scored a career-high 29 points, including 23 in the second half but it wasn’t enough … Blakely earned his second straight double-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and a game-high six assists … Sunday marked Vermont’s first loss away from home since November 28 when it fell to Cornell in a neutral site game in Philadelphia, Pa., 67-59 … The Cats return to action this week at New Hampshire on Wednesday in a game that will be on NESN, and then host Albany on Saturday.