Updated: December 05, 2011 4:12 pm (ET)
by America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- All-around efforts by Boston University's D.J. Irving and University of Maine's Justin Edwards have netted the pair America East weekly honors for the week ending December 5. Irving led the Terriers to a pair of wins and earned his first career Player of the Week award while Justin Edwards picked up his third straight Rookie of the Week award.
Irving (Chester, Pa.) dominated in all phases of the game and leading Boston U. to wins over Delaware and Boston College last week. A sophomore guard, Irving had a spectacular all-around week averaging 12.5 points, 9.0 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals in the two games. He also shot 56 percent from the field (9-of-16), including 71 percent from three-point range (5-of-7), and had a 4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, committing just four miscues in 68 minutes of action.
Irving, an America East All-Rookie selection last year, scored eight points, grabbed seven boards and dished out a career-high 11 assists against Delaware Wednesday. He followed that performance by scoring 17 points to go with seven assists, six rebounds and two steals in the win over BC Saturday. For the season, Irving ranks ninth among the league's scoring leaders (13.9 ppg), second in assists (5.3 apg) and fourth in steals (1.8 spg). He is averaging 15.3 points, 7.3 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game during the Terriers' current four-game win streak.
Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) became the seventh player in league history to earn Rookie of the Week honors in three consecutive weeks. The freshman guard averaged 17.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 56.5 percent from the field in Maine's two games last week. Edwards contributed 14 points, three rebounds and three blocks in an overtime loss at Eastern Illinois on Wednesday. He then had 21 points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists in Sunday's overtime victory at Rhode Island. He is the first America East player since Hartford's Paris Carter in 2006 to win the award three straight times.
Edwards has scored 20-plus points four of his five games as a collegian and ranks fourth among league leaders in scoring (20.2 ppg), 10th in rebounding (6.2 rpg), leads the conference in steals (3.2 spg) and is second in blocks (1.8 bpg).
The Honor Roll
Several other America East players had top performances last week:
• Boston University's Darryl Partin (Seattle, Wash.) scored 27 points in each of his outings last week and added five rebounds per game to lead his team to a pair of wins.
• Maine's Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif.) averaged 21.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in two games last week, highlighted by a 26-point performance at Eastern Illinois Wednesday.
• Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) scored a season-high 21 points and led UNH to a win over Dartmouth on Wednesday.
• Stony Brook's Al Rapier (Chicago, Ill.) netted a career-best 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting and added nine rebounds in a loss at Eastern Illinois Saturday.
Boston U. Bounces Boston College
Playing its crosstown rival for the first time since 2004, Boston University ended an eight-game losing streak against Boston College on Saturday, its first win in the series since 1974. Senior guard Darryl Partin scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half as the Terriers outscored their opponent by 14 after halftime. D.J. Irving, the conference Player of the Week, added 17 points, seven assists and five rebounds while Dom Morris recorded his first career double-double by scoring 11 points and grabbing as many boards.
Beating the Big Boys
Boston University's win over ACC member Boston College Saturday was America East's eighth over a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference school since 2008. Maine beat Penn State out of the Big Ten last season and also knocked off BC in 2010. Boston U. downed Indiana in 2009 and also knocked off Oregon St. of the Pac 12 in the College Basketball Invitational that season. Vermont beat both Colorado, which was then in the Big XII, and Rutgers of the Big East during the 2008-09 campaign while UMBC beat Nebraska (Big XII) that season.
AMERICA EAST WINS OVER THE "BIG SIX" SINCE 2008
ACC - Maine 52, at Boston College 51 (1/2/10)
- Boston U. 75, at Boston College 61 (12/3/11)
BIG EAST - Binghamton 66, at Rutgers 56 (12/6/08)
Vermont 77, at Rutgers 71 (11/22/09)
BIG XII - UMBC 66, at Nebraska 64 (12/23/08)
Vermont 84, Colorado 59 (12/30/08)
BIG TEN - Boston U. 71, Indiana 67 (11/19/09)
Maine 74, at Penn State 64 (12/21/10)
Maine Beats Atlantic 10's URI
Maine continued to impress during the early part of the 2011-12 season, winning at Rhode Island, 76-74, in overtime on Sunday. The Black Bears, who have a multitude of weapons offensively, got a double-double from Alasdair Fraser, who scored a career-high 23 points and added 10 rebounds. Justin Edwards, the three-time America East Rookie of the Week, added 21 points and seven rebounds while Gerald McLemore had 18 points. The Black Bears lead America East and rank 30th nationally averaging 80.2 points per game.
Success Against the Best
America East teams have fared well against teams from solid conferences of late. The league's teams have combined to post eight wins against teams from the ACC, Atlantic 10, Colonial Athletic Association and MAAC since Nov. 24. Boston U. has four of those victories as the Terriers have beaten Boston College, Delaware, Hofstra and Rhode Island during that span.
Partin Performing on Another Level
Having lost America East Player of the Year John Holland to graduation, Boston U. needed someone to shoulder the load offensively and Partin has done that and more. The senior guard, who earned first-team All-America East honors last year, ranks third nationally averaging 23.9 points per game and is tied for the national lead in made field goals with 67. Partin, who has scored 20 points in seven of his eight games this season, has been even better of late, averaging 26.3 points over his last three games.
Winner of two straight and three of its last four games, Albany sits at 4-3 after posting wins over Navy and Fairleigh Dickinson in its last two games. The Great Danes, who are over .500 through seven games for the first time since the 2008-09 season, are dangerous offensively averaging 70 points per game, which ranks second among league leaders. Albany features one of the league's top scoring tandems in Gerardo Suero and Logan Aronhalt, who combine for 36.0 ppg.
Newcomers Continue to Shine
Several newcomers continue to impress early on in the 2011-12 season. Two-time America East Rookie of the Week Justin Edwards has scored 20-plus points in four of his five games and ranks fourth among America East leaders averaging 20.2 points per game. He's also 10th in rebounding (6.2 rpg), leads the conference in steals (3.2 spg) and is second in blocks (1.8 bpg). Albany's Gerardo Suero ranks third among league leaders (21.0 ppg) and has five 20-plus point outings already. Binghamton's Ben Dickinson is one of just two players to rank in the conference's top 10 in both scoring (8th - 14.2 ppg) and rebounding (7th - 6.8 rpg). Vermont's Four McGlynn ranks 12th averaging 12.8 points per game.
America East, ESPN Do Deal
The America East Conference and ESPN announced a new five-year broadcast deal that will significantly increase the league’s number of national appearances on the ESPN family of networks on Nov. 28. The agreement will run through the 2015-16 season. The 2011-12 package will include a minimum of 48 national appearances on ESPN platforms, the most in league history. The deal also includes flexibility that could increase that total in future years. As part of the agreement, the conference’s men’s basketball championship game will air on ESPN2, the 25th straight year the America East title game will air on ESPN or ESPN2. The women’s championship game will be distributed to regional sports networks via ESPN Regional Television and also be broadcast on ESPN3, ESPN’s multi-screen broadcast channel available through an affiliated internet or video provider online via WatchESPN.com. For the fifth straight year, ESPNU will broadcast a men’s regular-season conference game when Stony Brook hosts Boston U. on Jan. 27 in a rematch of last year’s America East Championship game. Additionally 11 regular-season basketball games, four postseason contests and the men’s lacrosse championship game will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN3, which also includes availability on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and on ESPN on Xbox LIVE.
CBS Sports Network to Air Five Games
The America East Conference and CBS Sports Network announced today a national television package including both men’s and women’s basketball games, the first such deal in league history. It will be the first time that multiple conference regular-season games will be televised nationally in one season. CBS Sports Network will broadcast five league contests featuring eight America East schools starting in January. America East previously partnered with the Network to televise two men’s lacrosse games in 2010, including the conference championship game. The package kicks off with a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day men’s matchup between defending league champion Boston University and University at Albany on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. The two teams were picked first and fourth, respectively, in the conference’s preseason poll. Old rivals University of New Hampshire and University of Vermont will meet for the 132nd time in men’s action on Jan. 29 at 12 p.m. The Catamounts will then face Stony Brook University in a get together of the league’s last two men’s regular-season champions on February 12. The preseason favorite on the women’s side, UMBC, and 2011 league champion, Hartford, will square off on Feb. 19 at Chase Arena in the first-ever nationally televised conference women’s game. The final game of the package will feature University of Maine at Stony Brook in men’s action on the final day of the regular season, February 26.
All Nine in BracketBusters
For the first time in league history, all nine teams will participate in Sears BracketBusters, ESPN’s three-day men’s college basketball event pitting potential NCAA Championship hopefuls against each other. The event, which will feature 13 televised contests on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3, will take place Feb. 17-19 with the matchups being announced Jan. 30. Albany, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont will serve as home teams for the event, while Binghamton, Boston University, Hartford, UMBC and Stony Brook will be on the road. America East teams have appeared on national television as part of the event in five of the last seven years, including Vermont last year.
Back to Hartford
For the third straight season, University of Hartford will be the host of the America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. The tournament, which will be combined for the third straight season, will be held on March 1-4, 2012 at Chase Arena at the Reich Family Pavilion on University of Hartford’s campus. The first, quarterfinal and semifinal rounds for both the men and women will be held at the combined tournament, while the title games will again both be held the following weekend at the site of the highest seeds remaining.
Tourney Title Sponsor
At the America East Basketball Tip-Off Luncheon on Oct. 13, Newman's Own, Inc. announced its commitment to the America East Conference as title sponsor of the men's and women's basketball championship, March 1-4, 2012, at the University
of Hartford. For the third consecutive year, the Westport, Conn.-based company will promote the popular Newman's Own Thin & Crispy frozen pizza in the Chase Arena at the Reich Family Pavilion. Newman's Own participation in the title sponsorship will include arena signage for Newman's Own Thin & Crispy frozen pizzas; product awareness and trial; AEC website presence; social media engagement; and a continued growth in the awareness of the company's philanthropic mission.
New Commissioner on Board
Amy Huchthausen was named the conference's fourth commissioner on September 29. A former assistant commissioner at America East, Huchthausen returns after spending four years as Director of Academic and Membership Services at the NCAA working primarily with Division III’s strategic branding team. She's also worked in three other Division I conference offices, including the Big East, Ivy League and Missouri Valley Conference
Albany Great Danes (4-3)
Albany, which has won three of its last four games, was idle last week … the Great Danes return from the layoff on Dec. 5 against crosstown rival Siena. The Great Danes snapped a five-game losing skid against the Saints last season ... Albany moved above the .500 mark after the opening seven games for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign following an 81-62 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 27 ... Blake Metcalf (Camby, Ind./Plainfield) and Jayson Guerrier (Winter Springs, Fla./Oviedo) combined to make all 13 of their field goal attempts … Metcalf finished with a career-high 14 points ... Logan Aronhalt (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) added a career-best five assists and eight rebounds to go with 15 points ... Gerardo Suero (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Our Savior New American) netted 20-plus points for the fourth time this season with 23 … Albany and Navy met for the first time in the home opener at SEFCU Arena on Nov. 25 ... the Great Danes, who posted a 69-62 triumph, have won eight of 13 home debuts as a Division I program ... UAlbany made 10 or more 3-point field goals for the 48th time at the Division I level ... Luke Devlin (Sydney, Australia/Newington College) recorded season-highs in points (12) and rebounds (8) … the Great Danes downed Monmouth in the third round of the NIT Season Tip-Off, 85-49, on Nov. 21 as Guerrier struck for 28 points and 10 rebounds … the 36-point win was the second-largest in the program’s Division I history ... Albany defeated Binghamton, 76-37, last year to set the standard ... George Mason upended UAlbany, 66-46, in the NIT’s fourth round the following night … Albany's field goal percentage (.262) was the second-lowest since moving to Division I ... the Great Danes shot 23.6% against Army on Feb. 19, 2000 … freshman Peter Hooley (Hahndorf, South Australia/Concordia College) is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a foot stress fracture.
Binghamton Bearcats (0-6)
Binghamton remained winless after a 20-point home setback to Army. After the Bearcats shot 50 percent in a road defeat to now 13th-ranked Missouri, they hit just 24 percent (8-for-33) in the first half against the Black Knights, dug themselves a 13-point halftime deficit and couldn't rally in front of 3,162 fans at the Events Center ... Freshman forward Jabrille Williams (Stamford, Conn./King/South Kent School) made his second straight start and shot 4-of-6 from the floor, including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, en route to 12 points in 27 minutes. Williams is shooting a team-best 57 percent from the field this season ... Sophomore guard Robert Mansell (Philadelphia, Pa./Cheltenham) added 12 points and freshman forward Ben Dickinson (Alexandria, Va./Gonzaga) chipped in 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for his first collegiate double-double ... Army's bench outscored Binghamton's by a 30-9 count... Binghamton has six non-conference games remaining before America East play begins on January 2. The sledding won't get any easier though, as the Bearcats face four straight opponents who won 21 or more games last season in Bucknell (25), Hofstra (21), Morehead State (25) and Drexel (21) ... Binghamton's top three scorers and four of its top five are all underclassmen.
Boston University Terriers (4-4)
Boston University moved to .500 by extending its win streak to four games with a 73-67 win over Delaware and a 75-61 victory at Boston College ... The Terriers trailed 57-52 to UD with 9:54 remaining … Went on a 15-3 run over the next 7:30 as the Blue Hens missed their next 14 FG attempts ... Senior Darryl Partin (Seattle, Wash./La Salle) scored 10 of his game-high 27 points in the final five minutes ... Delaware's Devon Sadler entered leading the NCAA in scoring at 23.4 ppg but was held to 20 points on 6-of-19 shooting ... Sophomore Travis Robinson (Philadelphia, Pa./Friends Central) had a career-high 16 points, while classmate D.J. Irving (Chester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) had eight points, seven rebounds and a career-high 11 assists ... The 11 assists are the most by a Terrier since Mark Michalek had 12 on Jan. 23, 2000, against UVM ... Facing BC for the first time since 2004, Boston U. trailed by one (45-44) with 11:16 left before going on 14-3 run to pull away ... The Terriers defeated their first ACC school since beating Florida St. in 2002 and snapped an eight-game losing streak dating back to 1974 to the Eagles ... Partin had 27 points, while Irving had 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds ... Sophomore Dom Morris (Newark, Del./Friends Central) posted his first-ever double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds ... Boston U. will next visit St. Joseph's on Wednesday before hosting Harvard on Saturday at Agganis Arena. Ranked in both the AP (#25) and Coaches (#24) poll, Harvard will mark the first-ever ranked team to play in Agganis Arena and will mark the first ranked team to play at Boston U. since the Terriers hosted then-No. 13 Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 25, 2003.
Hartford Hawks (0-8)
Hartford remains winless in eight attempts after dropping games to both Yale on Wednesday and UCF on Saturday ... The Hawks were led by a pair of freshman as Wes Cole (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) averaged 11.0 points per game and Mark Nwakamma (Leander, Texas/Leander) added 10.0 ppg ... Cole joined veteran forward Genesis Maciel (Los Angeles, Calif./Compton Centennial/Worcester Acad.) with 16 points a piece in the home game against Yale however the Hawks could not hold on to their halftime lead ... The Bulldogs took the lead for good with just over four minutes remaining and Hartford was unable to battle back ... In that game, the Hawks shot a season-best 50.0 percent (24-of-48) including a 41.7% clip from three (10-of-24), also a season-high mark ... At UCF, Nwakamma went 4-for-5 from the field to finish with a team- and career-best 12 points while senior guard Andres Torres (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Colegio Adianez) added nine with seven assists - a season-best - and four steals ... Hartford recovered from an early UCF 21-0 run by outscoring the Knights, 19-4, over the final 13:11 to wipe a 19 point deficit to six at the half ... Foul trouble plagued the Hawks early in the second half however as made free throws followed by an 11-0 run helped the Knights separate themselves from the Hawks for good ... The Hawks enjoy two home games this week, first a date with Quinnipiac on Tuesday, Dec. 6 (7 p.m.) followed by Niagara on Saturday, Dec. 10 (6 p.m.).
Maine Black Bears (3-2)
Maine fell at Eastern Illinois 85-80 in overtime before beating Rhode Island 76-74 in overtime in Kingston ... Against Eastern Illinois, Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif.) scored 26 points and tied the game late in regulation on a four-point play...Maine scored 10 points in the final 49 seconds to force overtime...Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario/Anderson CVI) scored 14 points and had three blocks and two steals ... Andrew Rogers (Philadelphia, Pa/Archbishop Ryan.) added 11 points and six assists to go with five steals while Raheem Singleton (Boston, Mass./Monroe CC) scored 13 points and had seven rebounds ... On Sunday in Kingston, R.I., Maine defeated Rhode Island for its third win over an Atlantic-10 team in three seasons ... Maine's gone 3-0 against the A-10 in that span ... Edwards notched his fourth 20-point performance of the year with 21 points on 6-11 shooting, and a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe...Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland/Falkirk Clark Eriksson Fury) had a career-high 23 points to go with 10 rebounds while McLemore added 17...McLemore notched his 3,000th career minute in the game ... Singleton came up with a huge steal in overtime and got fouled before calmly making two free throws with just over a minute remaining that proved to be the difference ... Maine goes on the road for a pair of tough games, at Notre Dame on Dec. 8 and at San Diego on Dec. 10.
UMBC Retrievers (0-6)
Sophomore forward Chase Plummer (Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick) has scored in double figures in six of seven games and leads UMBC with 13.7 points per game ... He was named to www.collegehoops.net. America East All-Conference team for the month of November... Plummer opened December with an 18-point, 9-rebound effort at American... UMBC has been buoyed by junior guard and Chestnut Hill transfer Ryan Cook (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti)... In his first two games, Cook scored 11 points at Rutgers and added 13 at American... He is a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line and added seven caroms vs. the Eagles... Senior post Jake Wasco (Philadelphia, Pa./Franklin Learning Center) scored a season-best 10 points at American, hitting 4-of-5 from the floor... The Retrievers committed a season-low 10 turnovers vs. the Eagles and outrebounded their hosts, 41-36 ... But UMBC was just 7-of-27 from the floor in the second half and could not get closer than 60-54 with 1:55 remaining ... American extended its winning streak to six with the win over UMBC and broke a streak of home losses in the series by both teams in each of the past four seasons ... UMBC will not compete again until ending a five-game road trip at Towson on Dec. 10.
New Hampshire Wildcats (2-3)
New Hampshire split a pair of decisions in its most recent week of action ... Most recently UNH fell to the College of the Holy Cross, 62-57, on Dec. 3 at Hart Recreation Center ... Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla./The Rock School) posted a season-high 13 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, earning his first career double-double in the loss ... Chris Matagrano (Sayreville, N.J./Blair Academy) and Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va./Air Force Prep) also scored in double-digits for the 'Cats, registering 11 and 10 points, respectively ... Matagrano tied career highs in both points and rebounds (7) while also adding a block and a steal ... Rhoads chipped in with four boards and three helpers ... In the game prior New Hampshire earned a 53-50 victory versus Dartmouth (Nov. 30) at Lundholm Gymnasium ... UNH has now won four straight, six of the last seven and 10 of the last 13 meetings in the annual rivalry matchup of the Granite State's two Division I basketball programs ... Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass./Boys to Men Academy) scored a season-high 21 points, finishing the contest 7-for-13 from the floor and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc in the win ... Abreu's scoring output was the highest single-game total posted by any Wildcat this season ... He also pulled in three boards, dished out two assists and collected a steal ... Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y./Greece-Athena) chipped in with nine points and nine rebounds ... The Wildcats are back in action as they continue their road stretch with a matchup against Brown University on Wednesday, Dec. 7 (7:30 p.m.) at Pizzitola Sports Center.
Stony Brook Seawolves (2-4)
Stony Brook suffered a loss in its only game last week, a close 72-69 game at Eastern Illinois that had nine ties and nine lead changes...ultimately, Stony Brook fell short at the free throw line, where the Panthers had 21 attempts to SBU's five ... the Seawolves continued to perform well on the boards, outrebounding EIU 39-36 and grabbing 19 offensive rebounds that led to 23 second chance points...the Seawolves are averaging 18.3 second chance points per game this season...senior Al Rapier (Chicago, Ill.) had his best game as a Seawolf, scoring a career-high 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds coming off the bench...the nine field goals were also a career high for him...in three games played in the Midwest region in front of family & friends, Rapier averaged 12.3 points and 6.0 rebounds...senior Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) connected on four three-pointers and now has 261 for his career ... the EIU game was Dougher's 100th for his career, all of them starts ... he is on pace to become the program's all-time leader in games played ... the Seawolves host Fairleigh Dickinson Wednesday and play at Boston College Sunday...the Seawolves will look to remain perfect at home (2-0) ... the FDU game will be the first of 11 Seawolves men's & women's basketball games on Optimum Local Channel 118, available to all Cablevision iO TV digital cable subscribers in Nassau and Suffolk County.
Vermont Catamounts (4-4)
Vermont went 0-2 last week, falling to a pair of Ivy League opponents … the Cats started off the week on Thursday with a tough 55-48 loss at home against a Harvard team that just missed cracking into the top 25 in the nation last week … Freshman Four McGlynn (York, Pa./Dallastown) led the Catamounts with 15 points off the bench … UVM’s bench outscored its starting five 30-18 … The 48 points were the fewest for the Catamounts since they scored 47 in the America East Semifinal loss to Stony Brook last season … The 48 points were also the lowest total Vermont has scored at Patrick Gym since falling to Drexel 59-46 on November 18, 2006 … On Saturday Yale handed Vermont its worst loss of the season, 68-52 … McGlynn led Vermont again with 16 points and four rebounds, as the Bulldogs led by 18 at the half … UVM has allowed each of its last three opponents to shoot at least 47 percent from the floor … Sophomore Luke Apfeld (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) made his first start of the season for the Cats against Yale … Vermont returns to action this week when it travels to face No. 23 Saint Louis on Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. (EST) … The Cats then return home on Sunday to host Quinnipiac at 1 p.m.