Albany Sweeps Men's Basketball Weekly Awards
Aronhalt continued to flourish during his breakout sophomore season by averaging 22.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in four games last week. The sophomore guard has led his team to three wins in its last five games by averaging 25.0 points in wins against Fairleigh Dickinson, Niagara and Bowling Green. Aronhalt scored a career-high 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field in a 75-65 victory over the Purple Eagles Saturday. He then added 18 points and four rebounds in Sunday's win over the Falcons. Aronhalt also put up 25 points in a loss to Iona Tuesday and 18 in a double-overtime defeat to Detroit Friday.
Aronhalt, who averaged just 6.7 points per game as a freshman, ranks second among league leaders with 19.5 points per game. He paces the conference with 26 made three-point field goals and is shooting 39.4 percent from long range.
Devlin averaged 6.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in four games last week. A freshman forward, Devlin started his week with a three point, seven rebound and four assist performance against Iona Tuesday. He then recorded his first career double-double by scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in a double-overtime loss to Detroit Friday.
Devlin was on his way to another strong performance against Niagara Saturday tallying three points and four rebounds, but only played 12 minutes after receiving an elbow to the face in the first half. The Australia native finished his week by contributing eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 56-55 win over Bowling Green Sunday. Devlin has started all eight games during his rookie season and is contributing 5.9 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds.
The Honor Roll
Several other America East players had top performances last week:
• Albany's Mike Black (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick) returned to the lineup after missing four games due to injury and scored a career-high 19 points in the Great Danes' win over Niagara Saturday.
• Binghamton's Chretien Lukusa (Toronto, Ontario/Eastern Commerce Collegiate) put up 22 points and hit 4-of-8 three-point attempts in a loss to Army Tuesday.
• Boston University's John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.)) tied his season high with 28 points in a win over Nevada in the NIT Season Tipoff Tuesday. Junior Darryl Partin (Seattle, Wash./La Salle) recorded 30 of his career-high 32 points in the second half to help the Terriers overcome a seven-point deficit against Cornell.
• Hartford's Morgan Sabia (San Anselmo, Calif./Sir Francis Drake) continued his strong play scoring 19 points and adding eight rebounds in the Hawks' win over St. Francis (Pa.) Wednesday. Senior Joe Zeglinski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) scored a season-high 21 points and nearly led Hartford to its second straight win Saturday.
• Maine's Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./ Worcester Academy) tallied season highs of 16 points and five assists at Notre Dame on Nov. 22.
• UMBC's Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) came within a rebound of the second triple-double in school history when he scored 14 points, added 11 assists and grabbed nine rebounds in his team's 71-69 overtime loss at Coppin State Tuesday.
• New Hampshire's Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass./Worcester Academy) averaged a double-double of 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games last week. He tallied 23 points and 12 boards in a win over Brown Saturday.
• Vermont's Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.H./Durham Academy) continued his torrid start to the season averaging 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds last week. He put up 25 points in a 69-50 win over NJIT Saturday.
It looked as if it was going to be a tough week for America East teams, which dropped five of six games Monday and Tuesday. But, things turned around as the league combined to go 7-4 the rest of the week. Hartford picked up its first win of the season by beating St. Francis (Pa.), 60-55, Wednesday. Albany, which was 1-4 after Tuesday's loss to Iona, won two of three games at the Legends Classic Detroit Subregional and have now won three of its last five contests. Boston U., New Hampshire and Vermont combined for four wins and have each won three of their last four games.
Home Cooking Key to Success
Through the first three weeks of the season, America East team are only 10-8 in home games, but a breakdown of that record unveils a key to success. The top five teams in the league standings (New Hampshire, Vermont, Stony Brook, Boston U., and Maine) are a combined 9-1 in their home gyms while the bottom four teams (Albany, Binghamton, Hartford and UMBC) are just 1-7 at home.
Vermont, which is off to its first 4-1 start since the 1996-97 season, is getting recognized by the computers for its strong start and tough non-conference schedule. The Catamounts are 16th in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) according to RealTimeRPI.com. UVM has road wins at Siena and Quinnipiac, both of which won its league's regular-season title a year ago. The Cats also have wins over another MAAC foe, Loyola (Md.) and NJIT. Vermont's lone loss came at the hands of unbeaten UConn after leading 36-33 at halftime.
Catching the Injury Bug
Two of America East's 10 returning all-conference players are out indefinitely. Stony Brook's Tommy Brenton and New Hampshire's Alvin Abreu, both second-team all-league choices last season, both suffered knee injuries that will threaten their seasons. Brenton's happened in September, while Abreu's injury came against Dartmouth Nov. 18.
It's Tourney Time
A pair of teams participated in early-season tournaments this season. Boston University went 2-2 in the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tipoff. The Terriers posted wins over teams from two power basketball conferences, downing George Washington, 76-67, of the Atlantic 10 on Nov. 16 and beating Nevada, 66-57, of the Western Athletic Conference on Tuesday. Boston U.'s losses came against No. 6/7 Villanova, 82-66, in the second round Wednesday and Hampton, 51-50, on Nov. 22.
Albany competed in the Legends Classic for the second straight season and came out of it 2-2. The Great Danes fell to Georgia Tech, 78-51, in their first game of the tournament on Nov. 17, but won two of three games at the Detroit Subregional. Albany opened the weekend with a heartbreaking, 84-82, double-overtime loss to the host Titans but rallied for wins over Niagara (75-65) and Bowling Green (56-55) Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
Rising Up the Charts
A pair of America East standouts are charging up the league's all-time scoring list and will finish among the all-time greats. Boston University senior John Holland, a two-time first team all-conference selection, surpassed two NBA players last week and moved into 22nd place all-time last week and has 1,683 career points. Holland passed former Northeastern star Jose Juan Barea, who currently plays for the Dallas Mavericks and former Indiana Pacer Norman Richardson. Hartford's Joe Zeglinski, a two-time all-league choice, follows just behind in 26th place with 1,652 points.
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-Leaguers 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.
Albany (3-5) won two of three games at the Legends Classic’s Detroit Subregional … Logan Aronhalt (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) averaged 22.0 points over the weekend and was named to the all-subregional team … Aronhalt netted 23 of his career-high 30 points in the second half in a 75-65 victory over Niagara on Nov. 27 … The sophomore is the first UAlbany player to score 30-plus since Jason Siggers on Jan. 13, 2007 … Aronhalt owns an 11-game double-figure scoring streak, dating back to last season … UAlbany defeated Niagara for just the second time in 11 meetings … Blake Metcalf (Camby, Ind./Plainfield) scored what proved to be the winning basket and added eight points and seven rebounds off the bench in the following day’s 56-55 win over Bowling Green … UAlbany beat a Mid-American Conference team for the first time and is 13-8 all-time at the Division I level in one-point decisions … the Great Danes have won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 16 & 20, 2009 … UAlbany started subregional play with an 84-82 double-overtime loss to Detroit, a program picked to finish second to Butler in the Horizon League’s preseason poll … Mike Black (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick) made his first appearance since the season opener due to injury … Black forced the first OT with a 3-pointer, before Billy Allen (Hamilton, Ohio / Hamilton) canned a 24-footer that beat the buzzer to send the game to a second extra period … UAlbany played its first double-OT game since Dec. 2, 2006 … the Great Danes set a Division I program record with 14 three-point field goals … Black scored at a 13.0 clip in the subregional, including a career-high 19 against Niagara … Tim Ambrose (Brentwood, N.Y./Our Savior New American) averaged 15.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists in Detroit Subregional play … Ambrose climbed to No. 17 on the all-time scoring list with 1,176 points … Freshman Luke Devlin (Sydney, Australia/Newington College) posted his first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds vs. Detroit.
Binghamton (1-4) dropped a pair of road games on the week and has lost four straight ... The Bearcats have played four of five games away from home and have been outscored by an average of 21 points per game this season ... In a 14-point loss at Army, senior guard Chretien Lukusa (Toronto, Ontario/Eastern Commerce) netted a game-high 22 points. Lukusa played 39 minutes and hit 4-of-8 three-pointers and added four assists ... Junior center Kyrie Sutton (Brooklyn, N.Y./Boys & Girls) produced 14 points and a career-high nine rebounds ... In a 40-point setback to Drexel, freshman guard Robert Mansell (Glenside, Pa./Cheltenham) came off the bench to score a team-best 12 points on 4-for-7 shooting ... Binghamton plays four of its next five games at home, where the team is 21-6 over the last 2+ seasons.
Boston University (4-3) finished the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off with a 51-50 loss to Hampton on Monday and a 66-57 victory over Nevada Tuesday at George Washington's Smith Center ... The Terriers have now lost two games by a combined three points ... The Terriers completed the week by knocking off three-time defending Ivy League champion Cornell, 66-61, at Case Gym on Saturday ... Senior John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep. (N.J.)) averaged 17 points in the three contests and scored a game-high 28 points in the program's first-ever meeting against Nevada ... Junior Darryl Partin (Seattle, Wash./La Salle) recorded 30 of his career-high 32 points in the second half to help Boston U. overcome a seven-point deficit against Cornell ... The Terriers avenged a 2008 89-59 loss to Cornell at Newman Arena ... They will next travel to Kentucky on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tip off ... The game marks Boston U.'s first against an SEC squad since a 90-49 loss at Rupp Arena in 1994-95 and the program's second game against a ranked squad this year after an earlier loss at then-No. 6 Villanova ... Boston U. hasn't defeated a ranked team since 1959 ... The Terriers will remain on the road and travel to Bucknell on Saturday ... They are 2-1 all-time against Bucknell ... In 2008, they won in overtime, 71-68, and then earned a 63-53 victory last year at Agganis Arena.
Hartford (1-4) earned its first victory of the season on Wednesday night, defeating St. Francis (PA) at home, 60-55 ... The Hawks were paced by Morgan Sabia (San Anselmo, Calif./Sir Francis Drake), who scored 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds ... Joe Zeglinski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) added 14 points ... The Hawks forced 24 Red Flash turnovers to aid their victory ... although the teams were tied at 17 at intermission, Hartford rebounded with its best offensive half of the season in the second, scoring 43 points to nail down the victory ... the win was the first in the head coaching career of John Gallagher ... on Saturday, Hartford led much of the way, but could not hang onto a late lead as they fell at Fordham, 61-57 ... For the first time all season, someone other than Sabia led the Hawks in scoring as Zeglinski knocked down 21 points, adding four rebounds and four steals ... Milton Burton (Birmingham, Ala./Fairfield Prep/Panola College) scored 15 points, all in the first half ... Sabia added 13 points and a team-best seven rebounds ... He also tied a career high with three assists ... Hartford turned the ball over a season-low nine times, compared to 17 for the Rams, but could not overcome a poor shooting day from outside, hitting just 9-of-35 (25.7%) from beyond the arc ... The Hawks have three games upcoming this week, starting with a trip to Yale on Tuesday ... They will then host Brown on Thursday before visiting Florida State on Sunday evening.
Maine (2-2) fell to Notre Dame 97-72 ... Maine was playing its second opponent in three games from a top-6 conference ... Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./Worcester Academy) led the way with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting to go with five assists ... Troy Barnies (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) notched his third double-figure scoring effort out of the first four games with 15 points and added five boards while Raheem Singleton (Boston, Mass./Monroe Community College) poured in 12 points ... Freshman Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland/Falkirk Clark Eriksson Fury) had his fourth-consecutive game to open his collegiate career with at least one block ... He also added six points and five boards ... The Black Bears shot a solid 48.4 percent from the floor ... McLemore is only 154 points shy of 1,000 for his career while Sean McNally (Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner) is only four rebounds away from 600 for his career ... The Black Bears will get a boost this week with the return of Terrance Mitchell (Milton, Fla./Faulkner State Community College)...The Black Bears play defending Northeast Conferencer regular-season champion Quinnipiac on Monday at 7 p.m. before hosting Brown on Saturday at 2 p.m.
UMBC (0-5) junior guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) came within one rebound of the second triple-double in school history when he scored 14 points, added 11 assists and corralled nine rebounds in UMBC's 71-69 overtime loss at Coppin State on Nov. 23 ... The only previous triple-double in school history was in the 1994-95 season, when Marc Lay had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists at Coastal Carolina ... De La Rosa hit a trey with two seconds left to send that game into overtime, but UMBC's futility at the free throw line (11 of 25 in the final 25 minutes) prevented them from pulling out the victory at Coppin State ... The 52 rebounds garnered by the Retrievers in that game is the most a since 55-rebound effort vs. Monmouth on Jan. 26, 2002 ... Grad. student guard Travis King (New Haven, Conn./New Hyde Leadership/George Washington) led UMBC with 20 points vs. the Eagles, hitting 8-of-9 shots from the floor and 4-of-5 from behind the arc ... He is the lone Retriever to post double figures in all five games this season ... King is hitting 61 percent (25 of 41) from the floor and 56.5 percent (13 of 23) from behind the arc to date... UMBC allowed the most points by an opponent since Dec. 23, 2002 in its 101-69 loss at Duquesne on Nov. 27 ... Maryland defeated UMBC, 101-60, in the Retrievers' final year in the Northeast Conference... Sophomore guard Brian Neller (Red Bank, N .J./Christian Brothers Academy) broke out of a slump in a 14-point effort, hitting four treys and keeping UMBC within striking distance in the first 29 minutes ... Duquesne scored 36 points off a season-high 20 UMBC miscues ... The Retrievers are +11 in rebound margin in the last three games ... UMBC continues its five-game road swing this week with games at Penn (Nov. 30) and UConn (Dec. 3).
New Hampshire (4-1) split a pair of games last week as it dropped a 50-42 decision at Sacred Heart on Tuesday before recording a big home win against Brown (70-66) on Saturday ... The Wildcats are now 15-4 (.789) at home in their last 19 games dating back to 2007-08 ... Senior Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass./Worcester Academy) averaged 15.5 ppg and 10 rpg during the week ... DiLiegro started the week with eight points and eight boards at Sacred Heart and then saved his best for last, posting his 10th career double-double and second of 2010-11 with 23 points and 12 rebounds ... DiLiegro recorded game highs in both points and rebounds as he was an efficient 8-for-10 from the floor and 7-of-8 at the line ... UNH held its first four opponents of the season under 55 points for the first time since 1947-48 ... The 4-1 start is the program's best since the 2004-05 season ... Head coach Bill Herrion, who moved into fourth place on UNH's wins list with his 55-52 victory versus Holy Cross on Nov. 20, is one win away from the 300th of his 20-year career... Sophomore Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Charter) has netted double digits in all five contests this season and six straight and seven of eight dating back to last season.
Stony Brook (3-2) is in the midst of a nine-day layoff after playing its first five games in a span of just 10 days ... The Seawolves are back in action Wednesday vs. Lehigh ... It will be the 29th all-time matchup with a member of the Patriot League with SBU's record even at 14-14 ... Lehigh leads the series with Stony Brook, 4-3, but the Seawolves have won each of the last two meetings by an average of 20 points ... Stony Brook will play at Columbia Saturday in what is Stony Brook's longest-running non-conference series as a member of Division I ... The Seawolves and Lions have played every year since Stony Brook joined Division I in 1999 except for the 2001-02 season ... The Seawolves lead the series 6-4 ... Head coach Steve Pikiell is participating in Collegeinsider.com's Shots from the Heart, a bracketed free throw shooting contest benefiting the American Heart Association and its cause to raise awareness for heart disease ... Pikiell made all 25 of his free throws in the first round to defeat Central Michigan head coach Ernie Zeigler and move on to face Arizona head coach Sean Miller in the second round.
Vermont (4-1) opened up the home portion of its schedule this past week with a pair of victories ... The Cats topped Loyola on Wednesday, 51-48 behind a game-high 15 points from senior Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) ... Junior Matt Glass (Underhill Center, Vt./Northfield Mt. Hermon/UMass) added a career-high 10 rebounds in the game, while freshman Brian Voelkel (Pleasantville, N.Y./Iona Prep) added eight boards ... Prior to the game Vermont was honored with a banner presentation commemorating its America East Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance last season … UVM went 0-for-4 from three, marking the first time it has not made at least one three-pointer in a game since February 8, 2007 when the Cats went 0-for-8 in a 66-57 home win over UMBC ... On Saturday Fjeld was one-point shy of tying a career-high as he netted a game-high 25 points and pulled down seven boards in a 69-50 win over NJIT ... Glass added 15 points, while Voelkel added game-highs for both rebounds (12) and assists (5) ... Vermont improved to 4-1 for the first time since the 1996-97 season ... Saturday marked the first time this year that the Cats have won by more than four points … UVM has now won 26 of its last 31 at home ... Vermont is back in action this week with a pair of home games against Ivy League teams ... The Cats host Dartmouth on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and Yale on Saturday (1 p.m.).