CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Three standouts who led their teams to perfect weeks took home America East men's basketball awards for the week ending Jan. 29. Stony Brook's Bryan Dougher eclipsed the 20-point mark twice to earn Player of the Week honors while Maine's Justin Edwards and Vermont's Four McGlynn split Rookie of the Week accolades.
Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) propelled his team into first place in the America East standings by averaging 21.5 points in two Stony Brook wins last week. The Player of the Week award is his first of the year and second of his career.
The senior, who ranks seventh among league leaders averaging 14.1 points per game, began his week by tabulating 23 points, three rebounds and three assists in a 60-37 win over Hartford Wednesday. He then had 20 points and four rebounds in a 66-57 comeback win over Boston U. Friday in which he hit a key three-pointer to give the Seawolves a four-point lead with under three minutes to go. For the week, the two-time all-conference selection shot 57 percent from the field (13-of-23), 50 percent from three-point land (8-of-16) and 90 percent from the free throw line (9-of-10). He also moved into a tie for fifth place on America East's all-time three-point field goals list, sinking his 311th on Friday.
Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) averaged 16.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in a pair of Black Bear wins to claim his sixth Rookie of the Week honor of the season. His six awards are tied for the fourth-most any rookie has won in America East history.
The freshman guard tallied his second double-double of the year, contributing 14 points and 10 rebounds in Maine's 80-69 win Wednesday. The league's fifth-leading scorer (15.2 ppg) then poured in a team-high 17 points while five rebounds in a 67-59 win over Binghamton on Saturday.
McGlynn (York, Pa.) earned his second Rookie of the Week honor in as many weeks and fourth of the season by leading Vermont to a 77-60 win over New Hampshire on Sunday.
McGlynn, the league's only freshman to currently lead his team in scoring (12.0 ppg), 14 of his 20 points in the first half Sunday to help UVM to survive 69 percent shooting by UNH and take a 43-40 lead into the locker room. McGlynn, whose 20 points were just two off his career high, made 5-of-10 field goals on the day and was 9-of-11 from the free throw line. The win was important for Vermont, which moved into a second-place tie with Boston University in the league standings and sits just one game behind Stony Brook for first.
The Honor Roll
Several other America East players had top performances last week:
• Albany's Gerardo Suero tallied his 15th 20-point game of the season, scoring 25 points in a win over Binghamton Wednesday. He averaged 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds for the week.
• Robert Mansell averaged 18.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in a pair of games for Binghamton and had a team-high 22 against Albany Wednesday.
• Boston University's Darryl Partin averaged 19.0 points in two games last week.
• Gerald McLemore scored 25 points in a win over UNH on Wednesday and averaged 20.0 ppg for the week.
League Standings Reset
The second of the league schedule began last week and saw Stony Brook leap to the top of the conference standings. The Seawolves (8-1), who have won 10 of their last 11 games, beat Boston U., 66-57, on Friday to take over sole possession of first place. The Terriers (7-2), who had a seven game win streak snapped by the Seawolves, are tied for second with Vermont (7-2), which has won seven of its last eight games. Albany (6-3) won twice last week to assume fourth place, while Maine (4-5) and Hartford (4-5) are tied for fifth. UMBC (2-7), UNH (2-7) and Binghamton (0-9) round out the league standings.
Conference Position Crucial
While the team that wins the conference tournament gets crowned league champion and received the league's automatic birth, where teams finish in the regular season goes a long way in determining the league champions. Only twice in America East's 32 year history has a team finished outside the top two and gone on to win the league title. In addition, with the conference championship game being played at the highest remaining seed, hosting that game is crucial as the home team has won 24 of the previous 27 matchups.
Home Sweet Home
Taking care of business at home has been a consistent theme for America East's top teams. Stony Brook and Albany are a combined 18-0 overall at home this year while the top four teams in the league standings (Stony Brook, Vermont, Boston U., Albany) are a combined 18-0 at home in conference play. The Seawolves, who are 10-0 at home this year, have won 11 straight at Pritchard Gym dating back to last season. The Great Danes are 8-0 at SEFCU Arena this year and are riding an 11-game home court winning streak. The Terriers have won 15 straight at home against America East foes. Their last loss to a league opponent in Boston came to Vermont on Feb. 9, 2010.
Seawolves Streaking with D
Stony Brook has won 10 of its last 11 games on the heels of its top-ranked defense. The Seawolves, who lead America East and rank 21st nationally allowing just 59.3 points per game, and have allowed just 54.9 points per game in their most recent eight wins. Stony Brook is also holding opponents to just 42 percent shooting. The Seawolves have also improved their offensive efficiency during this stretch, averaging 68.7 points per game compared with 65.0 ppg in their other 10 games.
Vermont has reeled off seven wins in its last eight games to move into a second-place tie with Boston University in the league standings The Catamounts, who have won those seven games by an average margin of 15.9 points, have excelled offensively in wins this season, averaging 73.9 points per game in its 12 wins against just 58.1 points per game in its 10 losses. UVM's defense has been consistent all season and ranks second in America East, allowing just 62.7 points per game.
America East boasts two of nation's top offensive threats in Albany's Gerardo Suero, who has scored 20-plus points 15 times leads the league and ranks seventh nationally averaging 21.1 ppg. Boston University's Darryl Partin is second in the conference and ranks 15th nationally (19..9) ppg,
Youth is Served
There is a youth movement in America East. No teams regularly start more than two seniors while Albany and Binghamton are two of nine Division I programs without a senior on its roster and Hartford gets over 60 percent of its scoring from freshmen. Additionally, eight of the league's top 20 scorers are freshmen or sophomores, led by Maine's Justin Edwards, who ranks fifth (15.3 ppg), and who is also sixth in rebounding (6.2 rpg).
A few America East standouts surpassed milestones recently. Albany's Logan Aronhalt became the league's sixth active player with 1,000 points by scoring 12 points against Vermont on Jan. 1.. Higher up the leaderboard, Gerald McLemore became just the 41st player in league history to score 1,500 points. Three weeks ago, Darryl Partin reached the 1,000-point mark by scoring 27 points at Maine on Jan. 11. Partin has scored 959 points in 55 career games at Boston U. and had 144 while at La Salle. With just 33 more points Stony Brook's Bryan Dougher will become the league's 42nd 1,500-point scorer in league history. He also moved into a tie for fifth place on America East's career three-point field goal list Friday and sits at 311 for his career.
Albany Great Danes (14-9, 6-3 AE)
Albany was able to take care of business last week going 2-0 with wins against Binghamton at home, 74-68, and Hartford on the road, 72-60 ... the Great Danes improved to 8-0 overall this season and 4-0 against league opponents at SEFCU Arena ... With the win against Hartford last week, Albany was able to end its recent three-game losing streak at Chase Family Arena ... Gerardo Suero (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Our Savior New American) continues to rack up his scoring tallying with 39 points last week ... Suero scored 20-plus points for the 15th time this season against Binghamton ... UAlbany is 11-4 when Suero goes over 20 points this season ... Logan Aronhalt (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) tallied 29 points this past week which gives him a total of 1,039 for his career ... Aronhalt currently sits 29th all-time at UAlbany with 1,039 career points and is 13 points away from passing ex-teammate Tim Ambrose for 28th ... Mike Black (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick H.S.) recorded six assists last week which gives him 249 career assists as a Great Dane ... With 249 career assists, Black is currently 20th all-time in assists and is two assists away from leap frogging ex-Great Danes Levi Levine (2002-06) and Bob Markel (1994-99) for 18th all-time in assists ... the Great Danes have a two-game home stand this week with UMBC on Wednesday then Stony Brook in the infamous Big Purple Growl on Saturday ... Saturday's game versus Stony Brook will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel 3.
Binghamton Bearcats (0-21, 0-9 AE)
Binghamton dropped a pair of road games during the week but both were by single digits. Three of the team's last four losses were by eight or fewer points ... At Albany, the Bearcats led at half and for much of the game before the starting five (who all played 34 or more minutes) tired down the stretch ... Sophomore guard Robert Mansell (Philadelphia, Pa./Cheltenham) scored a team-high 22 points and freshman forward Ben Dickinson (Alexandria, Va./Gonzaga) added 21 points and a game-high eight rebounds ... Freshman forward Omar Richards (San Diego, Calif./Horizon Christian) chipped in 10 points, six boards and three blocks ... Three days later in Orono, Binghamton whittled a 20-point deficit to seven before coming up short against the Black Bears. The Bearcats played the game without their top rebounder and second-leading scorer, Dickinson, and Maine dominated the glass to the tune of 12 offensive rebounds ... Junior guard Jimmy Gray (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton) led the Bearcats with an exceptional all-around game. Gray scored a career-high 24 points (10-of-16 FG) and added six rebounds, four assists and three steals in 39 exhausting minutes at the point. Mansell offered 15 points and eight rebounds but Binghamton's bench provided just 10 points in 57 combined minutes of action and the forwards hit just 4-of-21 shots without Dickinson in the lineup ... Binghamton finishes up its stretch of three road games with a Wednesday tilt at league-leading Stony Brook. The Seawolves escaped the Events Center with a six-point win on January 5.
Boston U. Terriers (11-12, 7-2 AE)
Boston University split its two games last week with an 83-48 win at home against UMBC followed by a 66-57 loss at Stony Brook ... The Terriers currently sit in a tie for second place with Vermont and will next be hosting the Catamounts on Wednesday (Feb. 1) at 7 p.m. in Agganis Arena ... Boston U. scored a season-high 83 points against the Retrievers for its seventh straight win and best start to league play since going 17-1 during the 2003-04 season ... Eleven Terriers tallied at least two points with 12 recording at least one rebound ... the 35-point win marked program's largest margin of victory since 87-46 win over Hartford in the 2010 AE quarterfinals ... Senior Darryl Partin (Seattle, Wash./La Salle) tallied 17 points and two steals in the contest ... Sophomore Travis Robinson (Philadelphia, Pa./Friends Central) posted 10 points for his sixth 10+ point performance of the season ... Terriers went on a 17-0 run against Stony Brook to overcome a 13-point second half deficit ... They led 51-47 with 6:04 remaining but trailed 60-57 at 1:37 ... Terriers had a chance to move closer but recorded back-to-back turnovers ... Partin posted a game-high 21 points and a team-high six rebounds ... With 1,133 career points, he just needs 41 more to reach 1,000 at Boston U. ... Terriers are 1-1 this season at Agganis with a loss to then-No. 24 Harvard and win over Albany ... After facing Vermont, they will travel to Binghamton on Saturday (Feb. 4).
Hartford Hawks (4-17, 4-5 AE)
Hartford dropped both of its games last week, first falling at Stony Brook on Wednesday before suffering a tough home loss to Albany on Saturday ... Senior Andres Torres (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Colegio Adianez) paced the Hawks in the losses, averaging 12.5 points, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals ... Hartford struggled to get things going at Stony Brook as it set a season-low for points in the 60-37 setback ... Genesis Maciel (Los Angeles, Calif./Compton Centennial/Worcester Academy) led the team with 10 points ... The Hawks never led in that contest and only trailed the Seawolves by six points at halftime ... The Seawolves held the Hawks well below their season average of made three-pointers (7.1) with just three ... Saturday's game served as the team's annual Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser ... The Hawks and their fans raised $2,358 for the American Cancer Society ... In that game, Torres netted 18, including three treys, while Nwakamma contributed 12 points ... The Hawks were able to storm back from a nine point deficit in the second half but could not hold on to its four point lead with five minutes remaining ... Hartford went cold down the stretch, missing its last eight shots and allowing Albany to put together a 16-0 run to close out the game ... Hartford looks to get back on the winning track with two games on the road this week ... The Hawks will first take on New Hampshire on Wednesday (7 p.m.) before a Saturday afternoon match-up at Vermont (1 p.m.).
Maine Black Bears (10-10, 4-5 AE)
Maine won a pair of league games with victories over New Hampshire and Binghamton ... In Durham, Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland/Falkirk Clark Eriksson Fury) notched his fifth double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds to to lead Maine to the 80-69 win ... Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./Worcester Academy) had his eighth 20-point game of the season with 25 points and four rebounds while Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario/Anderson CVI) had his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds ... At the Alfond Arena on Saturday, Mike Allison (Lynden, Ontario/National Elite Development Academy) notched a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead Maine to the win ... Edwards scored a team-high 18 points and grabbed five rebounds while McLemore added 15...Fraser scored nine, grabbed seven rebounds and had three blocks...McLemore now has 301 career three-pointers, just 10 shy of the all-time lead at Maine ... His 1,540 career points put him just one shy of fourth on the all-time list ... Allison's 68 blocks are tied for eighth on the all-time list ... The Black Bears play just once this week, at UMBC on Saturday before hosting Vermont on Feb. 6.
UMBC Retrievers (3-17, 2-6 AE)
UMBC's game at Boston U. on Jan. 24 was the 1200th intercollegiate contest in the 45 years of Retriever basketball... The contest was UMBC's fourth in seven days ... The Terriers hit 29 of 58 shots, making it the fifth time in the last six games that UMBC allowed a foe to hit 50 percent or better from the field... Sophomore forward Chase Plummer (Plainfield, N.J./St. Patrick) led the Retrievers with 17 points, scoring in double figures for the 17th time in 20 games to date ... Plummer has hit 27 of his last 37 free throw attempts (.730) over the last seven games... Sophomore wing Jamar Wertz (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) scored a career-high 12 points, all in the final 20 minutes, vs. the Terriers ... Junior Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J./Christian Bros. Acad.) had his streak of converting at least one 3-point field goal end at 18 games in Boston ... The Retrievers had a +3.9 rebound margin through ten games, but are -5.4 in its last ten contests ... After an eight-day layoff, UMBC will open the second half of league play at Albany on Feb. 1 ... The Retrievers will play five times in 12 days.
New Hampshire Wildcats (7-13, 2-7)
UNH dropped a pair of decisions in its most recent week of action, falling to Maine (Jan. 25) and Vermont (Jan. 29) ... Most recently the Wildcats fell to Vermont, 77-60, on Sunday afternoon at Patrick Gymnasium ... Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va./Air Force Academy) was named the America East Player of the Game for UNH, finishing with a team-best 16 points, four boards, one assist, one block and one steal in 36 minutes ... Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla./The Rock School) also finished in double-figures with 12 points to go along with five boards and an assist ... He shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe, tying a team-best single-game total this season ... Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass./Boys to Men Academy) was the last Wildcat to sink double-digit free throws in a game when knocked down 10-of-12 attempts from the line against Vermont on Jan. 14 ... Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) chipped in with four points and a game-high 11 rebounds, turning in his fifth double-digit rebounding performance of the season ... In the previous outing the Wildcats came up short to Maine, 80-69, on Wednesday evening at Lundholm Gymnasium ... Rhoads once again led the team in scoring with 17 points to go along with three assists, two rebounds and two steals, earning America East Player of the Game honors ... Konan added 16 points and connected on four of UNH's season-high 12 three-point field goals in the contest ... He rounded out his night with six boards, three steals, one assist and one block ... Benson chipped in with 15 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal ... the Wildcats are back in action when they return home to take on the University of Hartford on Wednesday, Feb. 1 (7 p.m.) at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Stony Brook Seawolves (13-7, 8-1 AE)
Stony Brook won both its games last week and has now won 10 of its last 11 games ... the Seawolves have also won 11 consecutive home games...after beating Boston University on Friday, the Seawolves regained sole possession of first place in the conference ... the 8-1 record represents Stony Brook's best nine-game start to America East play...Stony Brook also went 8-1 in January, the team's best month ever as a Div. I program...SBU's defense limited its opponents to a 47-point average last week, including holding Hartford to just 37 points, the second-lowest the program has allowed since becoming Div. I ... the lowest was also against Hartford, 35 points last season...senior Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) dominated last week as the team's only player in double-digit scoring ... he averaged 21.5 points last week, dropping 23 on Hartford and 21 on Boston U. ... he shot 57% from the field and 50% from behind the arc in the two games...against BU, he had a huge three-pointer late in the game to swing the momentum in Stony Brook's favor ... senior Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) enjoyed a strong week by averaging 6.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks...he was 6-for-7 from the field ... his three blocks against Hartford matched a career high...junior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) averaged 6.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.5 steals last week as he continues his strong all-around play...he has recorded 13 steals in his last five games and is second in the league in steals ... Stony Brook wraps up its three-game homestand Wednesday vs. Binghamton and then heads to Albany on Saturday.
Vermont Catamounts (13-10, 7-2 AE)
Vermont won for the seventh time in its last eight tries with a 77-60 victory over visiting New Hampshire on Sunday in a game that was televised on the CBS Sports Network … Freshman Four McGlynn (York, Pa./Dallastown) led all scorers with 20 points off the bench for the Catamounts, as they closed out the game on a 16-2 run … Vermont is a perfect 5-0 in league play at home this year, averaging 77 points per contest and winning by an average of 13.8 per night … After allowing UNH to shoot 68.4 percent from the floor in the first half, the UVM defense buckled down in the second, limiting the visitors to 20 points on 25.9 percent shooting … Senior Matt Glass (Underhill Center, Vt./UMass) and sophomore Sandro Carissimo (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y./Iona Prep) each netted 14 for the Cats, as 12 of Carissimo’s 14 came in the second half … With the win, UVM head coach John Becker tied former Catamount coach Mike Lonergan for the most wins (13) by a first year coach at Vermont in the last 75 years … Vermont has now won 43 of its last 55 games played in the month of January … Glass has reached double figures in scoring in each of the last eight games … The Cats return to action on Wednesday when they travel to face Boston U at 7 p.m. in a game that will be shown on ESPN3.