Wright, Voelkel Earn First MBB Weekly Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Binghamton University's Greer Wright (Boynton, Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Prep) and University of Vermont's Brian Voelkel (Pleasantville, N.Y./Iona Prep) each had stellar performances in their season openers Saturday and have earned the first America East men's basketball weekly awards of the 2010-11 season as a result. Wright earned Player of the Week honors after leading the Bearcats to win at Colgate, while Voelkel helped the Catamounts put an end to one the nation's longest home court win streaks to garner Rookie of the Week accolades. The awards for the week ending Nov. 14 were announced Monday afternoon.
Wright scored in a game-high 27 points, including 20 in the second half, to lead Binghamton to a 64-62 win at Colgate in its season opener Saturday. He added five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block while shooting 8-of-17 from the field and 9-of-11 from the foul line.
A first-team All-America East choice as a junior and a preseason all-league choice this season, Wright tallied the Bearcats' final nine points to lead them to their first win in a road opener since 2002. The weekly award is Wright's fourth of his career.
Voelkel nearly recorded just the seventh triple-double in Vermont history and finished with nine points, a 10 rebounds and nine assists in Vermont's season-opening win at Siena Saturday. Voelkel, whose rebound and assist totals were game-highs, also had a steal and converted 5-of-6 free throw attempts.
The victory snapped a 38-game home court win streak, which ranked second in the country, for the Saints, the three-time MAAC champions. The win also Vermont's first in a season opener since 2006.
The Honor Roll
Several other America East players had top performances last week:
• Albany's Luke Devlin (Sydney, Australia/Newington College) tallied 10 points and nine rebounds in his collegiate debut against American Friday.
• Boston University's John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.)) scored 25 points, including 15 straight at one point in the second half in a hard-fought 66-64 loss to crosstown-rival Northeastern Friday.
• Hartford's Morgan Sabia (San Anselmo, Calif./Sir Francis Drake) put up a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds in a last second loss to Central Connecticut State at the Connecticut Six Classic Saturday.
• Maine's Troy Barnies (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) averaged 16 points and nine rebounds in a pair of games last week. The senior tallied 16 points and seven rebounds in a win over Utah Valley Univ. Friday and followed with a double-double of 16 points and 11 boards against Maryland Sunday.
• UMBC's Laurence Jolicoeur (Queen's, N.Y./Holy Cross/Manhattan) recorded a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds in his first game in a UMBC uniform, a loss to VMI Sunday.
• New Hampshire's Alvin Abreu (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) scored 20 points in a 79-47 win over Lesley Saturday.
• Stony Brook Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains) averaged 21.5 points in a pair of contests last week and had a game-high 24 in a win over Mount Ida Sunday.
• Vermont's Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) and Joey Accaoui (Lincoln, R.I./St. Andrew's) each racked up 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting in a win over Siena Saturday.
And We're Off
The 2010-11 season kicked off last week and America East teams went 5-6 in limited action. Binghamton, Maine and Vermont all posted impressive road victories in their season openers. The wins came over teams from the MAAC, Patriot League and Great West Conference.
Cats Stop Siena's Streak
Vermont upended three-time MAAC champion Siena, 80-76, on Saturday. With the win, the Catamounts put an end to the Saints' 38-game home court win streak, which was the second longest in the nation.
Seniors Evan Fjeld and Joey Accaoui each led the way with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor. Freshman Sando Carissimo added 13 points on perfect 3-of-3 shooting from three-point land. Brian Voelkel, the America East Rookie of the Week, nearly recorded just the seventh triple-double in UVM history and finished with nine points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
The win was Vermont's first in a season opener since 2006 and Siena's first loss at the Times Union Center since a loss to Loyola on Feb. 16, 2008
Binghamton Stops Road Skid
It had been eight seasons since Binghamton earned a win in its road opener. That stretch came to an end over the weekend as the Bearcats downed Colgate, 62-60, in Hamilton, N.Y. Saturday. Binghamton downed LIU, 75-66, on Nov. 29, 2002, the last time it had won a road opener before Saturday.
Greer Wright led the Bearcats, who committed just seven turnovers in the contests, with 27 points and earned America East Player of the Week honors for his efforts. Junior Kyrie Sutton added nine points, five blocks and four rebounds in just 26 minutes of action.
Maine Steals Win out West
Maine traveled out to Utah Valley University Friday and came away with a 71-66 overtime victory. Troy Barnies led four Black Bears in double figures with 16 points and seven rebounds. Raheem Singleton added 15 in his Maine debut, while Malachi Peay scored 13 off the bench. Gerald McLemore, a first-team All-America East choice last season, had 11 points.
Stony Brook Tipoff on ESPN
Stony Brook will become the first America East team to participate in ESPN's College Basketball Season Tipoff Marathon this season. The Seawolves will travel to Monmouth on Tuesday for a 6 a.m. contest that will air nationally on ESPN. The reigning America East regular-season champions split a pair of games over the weekend, downing Mount Ida and falling to Connecticut.
When Boston University takes on George Washington in the NIT Season Tipoff Tuesday at Villanova, it will be a familar site for Terrier head coach Pat Chambers. Chambers served on Villanova head coach Jay Wright's staff for five seasons from 2004-2009, including as an associate head coach during Villanova's Final Four run in 2008-09.
Speaking of Wright, he is part of a fraternity of former America East coaches who have excelled at other institutions. Wright, Mike Brey (Notre Dame), Jim Calhoun (UConn), Mike Jarvis (Florida Atlantic), Rick Pitino (Louisville) and Jay Wright (Villanova) have combined to win 2,377 games, make nine Final Four appearances and win three national championships.
Terriers the Top Choice
In search of its first league title since 2002, Boston University is the coaches’ choice to win its sixth America East men’s basketball championship in 2010-11.
The Terriers garnered six of eight possible first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their team) and 62 points, followed by reigning regular-season champion Stony Brook University, which received two first-place votes and 57 points. University of Maine picked up the last first-place tally and followed in third place with 51 points. University of New Hampshire was next in fourth place with 41 points, just ahead of defending champion University of Vermont, which collected 35 points. University of Hartford (24 points), Binghamton University (23) and University at Albany (22) were closely bunched together at sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. UMBC finished with nine points and rounded out the nine-team poll.
All-Leaguer Highlight Preseason Team
The three returning first-team all-conference selections from last season highlight the 2010-11 America East Preseason All-Conference Team as determined in a vote by the league’s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Binghamton University’s Greer Wright (Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/CC San Francisco), Boston University’s John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.)) and University of Maine’s Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch), all first-team All-America East choices a year ago, were chosen to duplicate that feat in 2010-11 with Wright and Holland being unanimous selections. The Terriers’ Jake O’Brien (Weymouth, Mass./Boston College High) and University of Vermont’s Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) rounded out the team.
Back to Hartford
The 2011 America East Men's & Women's Basketball Championship presented by Newman's Own will return to University of Hartford on March 3-6, 2011 after a successful tournament in 2010. Chase Family Arena played host to the league's first-ever combined championship last season.
What to Watch for in 2010-11
• Ten of 15 All-America East selections return this season, including a trio of first-team selections in Binghamton’s Greer Wright, Boston University’s John Holland and Maine’s Gerald McLemore.
• Boston University is the preseason favorite to win its first conference title since 2002. The Terriers return a pair of all-conference standouts in senior John Holland and junior Jake O’Brien.
• Stony Brook and Maine also received first-place votes in coaches polls and are expected to vie for their first league crowns after having record-setting success last year.
• Madison Square Garden will be the site for an America East conference contest on February 10 for the first time when Boston University and Albany faceoff at the “World’s Most Famous Arena”.
• Stony Brook and Maine will play on ESPNU on February 12. The Seawolves will host the game at Stony Brook Arena, where they drew over 4,000 fans for a first-round NIT matchup with Illinois last season.
• Five teams-Boston University, Maine, New Hampshire, Stony Brook and Vermont- will participate in ESPN BracketBusters on Feb. 18-20.
• The conference will once again host the America East combined men's and women's championship on the University of Hartford campus from March 3-6, 2011. The conference champion will be crowned the following weekend on the campus of the highest seed remaining.
A Look Back at 2009-10
• America East East sent three teams to the postseason for just the second time in league history.
• Stony Brook hosted Illinois in the first round of the NIT. The Seawolves became just the second America East squad to play a postseason game on its home court and first since Niagara hosted an NIT contest in 1987. SBU was edged by the Illini, 76-66, in front of a sellout crowd of 4,423 fans at Stony Brook Arena.
• Boston University advanced to the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational by blowing out Oregon State, 96-78, in the first round and downing Morehead State, 91-89, in overtime of the quarterfinals at Case Gym.
• Vermont defeated Boston University, 83-70, in the 2010 America East Men’s Championship Game in front of a sellout crowd and a national television audience on ESPN2. The title was Vermont‘s fourth since 2003.
•The Catamounts drew Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament, but could not replicate their 2005 upset, falling 79-56 in Buffalo.
• America East posted four wins against BCS-conference schools in 2009-10 and has seven victories against Big Six schools since 2008.
• Vermont ranked sixth out of 65 NCAA Tournament teams with a 92 percent graduation rate.
• The America East Basketball Championship’s title sponsor, Newman’s Own Foundation, contributed more than $100,000 to charities in America East communities during the championship through the Campus Community Service Challenge.
Albany (0-1) began its 97th season of competition and 12th as a Division I program against three-time defending Ivy League champion Cornell ... The Big Red, who reached last year’s NCAA regional semifinals, came back from a 12-point, first-half deficit to record a 65-61 win ... Max Groebe's 3-pointer broke a 52-52 deadlock ... the Great Danes lost their season opener for the fourth year in a row ... UAlbany was rolling along until Mike Black (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick) injured his ankle in the first half ... Black had 10 points before being sidelined for the rest of the contest ... Tim Ambrose (Brentwood, N.Y. / Our Savior New American) scored 20 points off the bench on 8-of-12 shooting ... Ambrose tallied 20-plus for the 16th time as a collegian ... the 6-foot senior moved to No. 24 on the all-time scoring list with 1,071 points ... Freshman Luke Devlin (Sydney, Australia/Newington College) had nearly a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds in his college debut … Logan Aronhalt (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) has scored in twin figures in four straight games, dating back to last season, after netting 13 in the opener … the Great Danes are now 7-5 in home openers at the Division I level … Gary Holway (1955-59), one of the program’s all-time scorers, was honored with the Legends Award last Friday … UAlbany begins Legends Classic play at Georgia Tech on Nov. 17 … The Great Danes meet Patriot League preseason favorite American on Nov. 15 … Albany’s roster has a combined 12 years of Division I experience.
Binghamton (1-0) won its third straight season opener with a 62-60 triumph over host Colgate Saturday night ... The Bearcats, in their 10th season of Division I, are 5-5 in season openers ... Binghamton was outrebounded by 16 but only committed seven turnovers and rode the hot hand of senior forward Greer Wright (Boynton Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Prep), who pumped in a game-high 27 points. Wright tallied 20 in the second half and scored the final nine points for the Bearcats, who withstood two Colgate shots in the final five seconds, including a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer ... Binghamton's starters averaged 34.8 minutes of playing time as head coach Mark Macon used just seven players ... Junior center Kyrie Sutton (Brooklyn, N.Y./Boys & Girls) chipped in nine points, a career-high five blocks and four rebounds in 26 minutes... Freshman center Alex Ogundadegbe (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha) added nine points on 4-of-5 shooting in 13 minutes off the bench ... Binghamton won for just the second time in eight meetings against the Raiders ... The Bearcats travel to Lewisburg, Pa. to face Bucknell on Wednesday before welcoming St. Bonaventure to the Events Center for the home opener on Sunday.
Boston University (0-1) dropped its season opener for the third straight season with a 66-64 loss at Northeastern ... The Huskies, a former member of America East, snapped a two-game losing streak to the Terriers, who still maintain a 71-67 edge in the all-time series that dates back to 1920 ... The season opener marked the first between the crosstown rivals in over 60 years ... NU led 41-29 at the half and pushed the lead to 13 with 9:45 remaining, but preseason all-conference honoree John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict's (N.J.)) staged a furious rally by scoring 17 of the Terriers' final 21 points, including 15 straight, to cut the deficit to one twice (3:45, 3:08) and later two (:44) following a three-pointer ... The Huskies missed a shot attempt but grabbed the rebound before getting immediately fouled ... They made the free throws to seal the win ... Holland finished with 25 points, while freshman D.J. Irving (Chester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) had 14 points, five rebounds and five assists in his debut ... The Terriers will next compete in the NIT Season Tip-Off against George Washington on Tuesday at Villanova before facing either the Wildcats or Marist on Wednesday ... They are making their first appearance in the event since falling at Duke in 2005 and fourth overall ... They are 1-17 all-time against GW ... Boston U. will then open the home schedule on Friday at Case Gym against Marist at 7 p.m.
Hartford (0-1) opened its season at the second annual Connecticut 6 Classic against Central Connecticut State ... The Hawks led for much of the game, but fell in the final seconds, 64-62 ...Senior Morgan Sabia (San Anselmo, Calif./Sir Francis Drake) went for his third-career double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs ... Sabia had five of Hartford's 17 offensive rebounds, compared to just six for the Blue Devils ... Hartford went on a 14-0 run in the first half to give themselves a lead which they maintained until just under six minutes remained in the contest ... senior Joe Zeglinski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) scored 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half, to move within 10 points of Aaron Cook for third place on the Hartford Division I career list ... senior Milton Burton (Birmingham, Ala./Fairfield Prep/Panola College) added 10 points and five rebounds ... The loss left Hartford 0-2 at the two-year old Connecticut 6 Classic event, following a loss to Quinnipiac in last year's season opener ... Hartford will face that Quinnipiac team in its next game, Tuesday evening at Quinnipiac at 7 p.m.
Maine (1-1) notched its third-straight win in an opener with a victory over Utah Valley by the score of 71-66 in overtime before falling to national power Maryland ... Against Utah Valley, Black Bear newcomer Raheem Singleton (Boston, Mass./Monroe Community College) notched the game-tying jumper with under a second left and would score the Black Bears' first four points in overtime to lead Maine to the win ... He would finish with 15 points, three rebounds and three assists in his Black Bear debut ... Troy Barnies (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) would add 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting and seven rebounds...Malachi Peay (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 13 points off the bench ... In College Park on Sunday, the Black Bears fell 89-59...Murphy Burnatowski (Waterloo, Ontario/National Elite Development Academy) led the Black Bears with 17 points and four rebounds while Barnies notched the Black Bears' first double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds ... It was Barnies' first double-double since notching 11 points and 13 rebounds against Kennesaw St. on Dec. 13 last season ... Maine takes on Maine-Machias on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Alfond Arena before going to Notre Dame for a game next Monday at 7:30 p.m.
UMBC (0-1) fell to high-powered VMI (2-0) 94-77 in its season opener on Nov. 14 ... VMI hit eight of 14 shots behind the arc in the second half to push past UMBC ... Five Retrievers scored in double figures, three of whom were making their UMBC debuts and the other, forward Justin Fry (New Bloomfield, Pa./West Perry) , who missed the 2009-10 season after knee surgery ... Fry posted his fourth career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, hitting six of nine shots from the floor ... Newcomer Laurence Jolicoeur (Queens, N.Y./Holy Cross/Manhattan) recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds, while new addition Travis King (New Haven, Conn./New Hyde Leadership/Geo. Washington) posted 12 points in his Retriever debut ...All three are competing as graduate students for UMBC ... Freshman Chase Plummer (Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick) scored 13 points, while sophomore Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn./Windsor) added 10 ... The Keydets have led the nation in scoring in each of the past four seasons, an NCAA Division I record ... There were seven ties and eight lead changes in the first half and neither team led by more than four points as VMI went into halftime ahead, 38-35 ... VMI hit 63.3 percent from the field (19-of-30) in the second half and hit 14 of 32 attempts from behind the arc in the contest... UMBC junior guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) led all players with nine assists... Sophomore guard Nick Groce (Upper Marlboro, Md./St. Mary's) is out indefintely after suffering a broken foot in late
New Hampshire (1-0) won its season opener for the third straight year and its home opener for the fourth straight season by beating Lesley University, 79-47, Nov. 13 ... after going 9-4 at home last season, the Wildcats have now won 13 of their last 17 games at Lundholm Gymnasium dating back to the 2008-09 season ... 2010 Second Teamer Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass./Boys to Men Academy) helped the 'Cats win with 20 points on 5 of 11 shooting, including 2 of 5 from deep ... the senior co-captain was a perfect 8-for-8 from the line to go along with three rebounds, two steals and an assist ... an All-Rookie Team member last season, Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Charter) kicked off 2010-11 with 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting to go along with seven rebounds ... classmate Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va./Berryville) netted 14 points on 6 of 14 shooting and added five assists and two steals ... senior Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) tallied five points, three rebounds, three assists and a career-high four steals ... junior Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y./Greece-Athena) chipped in with five points and a game-high eight boards ... DeAndray Buckley (Romulus, Mich./Romulus) played well in his first collegiate game ... Buckley scored three points and filled the rest of the stat line with seven rebounds, including three on the offensive end, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 15 minutes.
Stony Brook (1-1) split a pair of games last week to open the season 1-1 ... The Seawolves hung tough in the first half with BIG EAST member Connecticut, but the Huskies ultimately prevailed ... Then Stony Brook got off to a sluggish start against Division III Mount Ida, but came out in the second half on a 19-5 run and ultimately won by 37 ... Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) averaged 21.5 points last week, including scoring 21 of his game-high 24 points against Mount Ida in the second half...he was 6-for-6 from three-point range in that second half...Stony Brook is the youngest team in the league with just one senior and the Seawolves played six newcomers over the weekend ... Junior transfer Al Rapier (Chicago, Ill.) recorded a double-double (11 points, 11 rebounds) against Mount Ida...freshman guard Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) put up eight points at UConn and 10 vs. Mount Ida...freshman forward Anthony Mayo (Philadelphia, Pa.) had five blocks over the two games ... Stony Brook has now won 10 straight games at Pritchard Gymnasium and is 21-8 all-time there ... The Seawolves play at Monmouth in the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon at 6 a.m. Tuesday, live on ESPN.
Vermont (1-0) won its season opener on Saturday, topping Siena on the road 80-76 … The win snapped Siena’s 38-game home court winning streak, which was the second longest in the nation prior to the contest … Seniors Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) and Joey Accaoui (Lincoln, R.I./St. Andrews) led the way with 19 points apiece, as both shot 7-for-11 from the floor … Freshman Brian Voelkel (Pleasantville, N.Y./Iona Prep) just missed out on only the seventh triple-double in Vermont history with nine points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as he earned the start in his first collegiate game … Four Cats reached double figures in the game as freshmen Sandro Carissimo (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y./Iona Prep) scored 13 on three-for-three shooting from beyond the arc and classmate Luke Apfeld (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) added 10, both off the bench … The Cats held a 44-30 edge on the glass and led by as many as 15 in the second half … Six Catamounts made their UVM debut and 12 of the 13 that were dressed, played in the game … Vermont has now won 16 of its last 23 season openers, but it was the first since 2006-07 when it defeated New Orleans … The Cats return to action on Wednesday when they travel to face Connecticut starting at 7 p.m. in a game that will be played at the XL Center in downtown Hartford, Conn.the game in place of Gilliam, scored 17 points vs. the Seawolves, his most against a conference opponent this season… Gilliam returned and led UMBC with 21 points at Binghamton … He also recorded seven steals in the game, tying a UMBC Division I record… The last player to