Dominating Performances By Edwards and Watson Jr. Lead to MBB Weekly Honors
University of Maine's Justin Edwards tallied the league's first 30-point game since February en route to earning America East Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career. Boston University's Maurice Watson, Jr. averaged 18.0 points and 5.0 assists in leading his team to its first two wins of the season last week to garner Rookie of the Week accolades.
Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) picked up Player of the Week recognition after averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals over two games last week. The sophomore guard carried Maine to a 76-73 win at Northeastern on Wednesday as he scored a career-best 30 points on 11-of-12 shooting from the floor to go with five rebounds and three steals. He then had 19 points, eight assists, five boards and three thefts in a loss to Duquesne Saturday. For the week, Edwards, an America East all-rookie choice last year, shot 68 percent from the floor (19-for-28). Edwards ranks fourth among league leaders in scoring (16.6 ppg), leads the league in steals (2.9 spg) and is sixth in assists (4.0 apg).
Watson, Jr. (Landsdowne, Pa.) led the Terriers to a pair of wins with two solid performances to earn his first career Rookie of the Week award, including a 21-point, seven-assist, four-steal outing in Saturday's win at St. Peter's. The freshman guard also had 15 points and three assists in a win over Coastal Carolina earlier in the week. For the season, Watson, Jr. is averaging 10.4 points, good for 18th in the conference, and a league-best 5.1 assists.
America East Notes... in 140 Characters or Less - #AEHOOPS
America East teams went a combined 12-7 last week, including 6-3 on Saturday ... The conference's 31 wins through 65 games are 11 more than through as many games last season ... Albany (6-2), Stony Brook (6-2) and Vermont (4-2) are a combined 16-6 to start the season ... Albany improved won its third straight and fifth in six games by beating Siena for the Albany Cup Saturday ... The Great Danes' 6-2 start is their best eight-game record as a Division I program ... Stony Brook won for the third time in four games Saturday to move to 6-2, matching its best eight-game start also achieved in 2009 ... Stony Brook leads the league in scoring (69.4 ppg), scoring defense (59.6 papg) and rebound margin (+9.8). ... Hartford won its third straight game Saturday to move over .500 for the first time since the 2007-08 season ... Boston U. posted its first two wins of the season last week, beating Coastal Carolina and St. Peter's ... Boston U. is lone America East teams with five players averaging over nine points per game ... Maine won at Northeastern, 76-73, Wednesday behind a career-best 30 points from Justin Edwards ... His 30-point effort was the first in America East since Feb. 6, 2012 ... UMBC beat Towson, 66-62, on Saturday ... UMBC ranks second in America East in scoring (67.7 ppg) after averaging rankings sixth and averaging 63.2 ppg last season ... UNH improved to 3-4 with a 63-50 win over Brown Saturday ... UNH ranks ninth nationally in three-point FG percentage defense holding teams to 23.7 percent shooting and 13th in overall FG percentage defense limiting foes to 35.4 percent ... Vermont became just the second team to beat Harvard on the road in 36 games with its 85-78 win Wednesday ... UVM holds the nation’s 16th best win percentage in road contests (.649) since the start of the 2010-11 season ... Binghamton matched last season's win total in just five games ... The Bearcats' Jordan Reed leads America East in both scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounding (10.3 rpg) ... Reed is one of just 23 players nationally averaging a double-double ... Mike Black hit a layup with 3.2 seconds left to lift Albany to a 63-62 win at reigning Pac-12 regular-season champion Washington on Nov. 13 ... The win was America East’s 10th over a BCS-conference program since 2008 Vermont's Brian Voelkel was named a Lou Henson preseason All-American prior to the season ... Albany, Stony Brook and Vermont are receiving votes in the College Insider Mid-Major Top-25 ... Albany and Vermont were selected for ESPN’s BracketBusters Pool on Nov. 15 ... The conference office announced on Thursday that Albany's SEFCU Arena will host the 2014 America East Basketball Championship ... America East ranked third out of 31 conferences in the NCAA’s latest APR and GSR rankings in men’s basketball.
2012-13 America East Men’s Basketball Weekly Award Winners
Nov. 12 – Player of the Week: Ryan Cook (UMBC); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
Nov. 19 - Player of the Week: Jacob Iati (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Jordan Reed (Binghamton)
Nov. 26 - Player of the Week: Mark Nwakamma (Hartford); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
Dec. 3 - Player of the Week: Justin Edwards (Maine); Rookie of the Week: Maurice Watson, Jr. (Boston U.)