America East men's basketball teams went 3-3 on the opening night of the 2012-13 season on Friday night as Albany, Stony Brook and Vermont each picked up wins. The victories came over an Atlantic 10 program and two MAAC teams. Three more teams begin their seasons today with Hartford, Maine and New Hampshire in action.
Albany (1-0), the lone team to open at home, rode three players in double figures to a 69-66 win, its first season-opening win and first against an Atlantic 10 school since 2006. Mike Black had 15 points and recorded his 300th career assist. John Puk and Sam Rowley each set career highs with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Dave Coley sank a three-pointer with 2:06 left to give Stony Brook (1-0) a lead it would not relinquish en route to a 60-57 road win at Marist, its first in a season opener since 2009. Coley and Anthony Jackson led SBU with 13 points while Tommy Brenton had 18th career double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds).
Sandro Carissimo hit a driving layup with eight seconds left as Vermont (1-0) erased a 16-point deficit to knock off Siena Friday. Carissimo had 11 points for the Cats, while Luke Apfeld scored a game-high 16 points.
Boston U. (0-1) and UMBC (0-1) each dropped close contests. Northeastern’s Demetrius Pollard drained a last second three-pointer to steal a victory from the Terriers, while the Retrievers were outscored 46-27 after halftime and dropped their season opener to Penn. Binghamton also dropped its opener, 71-45, to reigning MAAC champion Loyola. D.J. Irving (18 points), Ryan Cook (28 points, 11 rebounds) and Jimmy Gray (14 points) led Boston U., UMBC and Binghamton, respectively.
Hartford, UNH and Maine begin their seasons Saturday. The Wildcats and Hawks open at home with UNH hosting Suffolk at 1 p.m. and Hartford entertaining Quinnipiac at 3 p.m. in the first game of the Connecticut Six Classic. The Black Bears begin at Dartmouth at 7 p.m.
UNH has nine letterwinners and three starters back from its 2011-12 squad, which tied for fifth in the conference standings, the program’s best finish since 2009. Seven letterwinners, including three starters, are back for a Hartford that was the youngest in the league last year, as freshmen accounted for 60.4 percent of the team’s scoring output. The Black Bears welcomes back six lettermen and three starters from their 2011-12 squad and is the league’s only team to bring back an all-conference (Alasdair Fraser), all-rookie (Justin Edwards) and all-defensive selection (Mike Allison).