Mike Black averaged 19.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in two wins last week to claim America East Player of the Week honors.
Mike Black averaged 19.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in two wins last week to claim America East Player of the Week honors.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Top Scorers Black, Reed Tabbed Men's Basketball Week Award Winners

Release: 12/10/2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Two of America East's top three scorers are this week's men's basketball weekly award winners. The honorees for the week ending Dec. 9 were announced Monday afternoon.

Mike Black, America East's third-leading scorer led University at Albany to pair of victories, extending the program's longest win streak since 2008 en route to earned Player of the Week honors. Binghamton University's Jordan Reed, the league top point getter, nearly averaged a double-double and picked up Rookie of the Week recognition for the second time this season.

Black (Chicago, Ill.), a four-time Player of the Week, averaged 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and made 5-of-10 three-point tries in wins over St. Francis Brooklyn and Colgate. The senior guard, a two-time all-conference pick who received preseason all-league honors prior to the season, scored a game-high 21 points and added five boards in a 77-73 win over St. Francis Brooklyn Wednesday. He then had 18 points and a season-high seven caroms in a 67-61 win at Colgate Saturday. Black, America East's active leading scorer with 1,198 points, ranks third among league leaders averaging 17.4 points per game and has Albany off to its best start (8-2) ever at the Division I level.

Reed (Philadelphia, Pa.) contributed 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds over two games last week and earned his second Rookie of the Week honor in four weeks. The freshman guard, who's led Binghamton in scoring in each of the eight games he's played in, recorded his fifth double-double of the season vs. Monmouth on Monday, scoring a career-best 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting and contributing 11 rebounds. He then had a team-high 15 points and eight boards against Bryant Saturday. Reed leads America East in both scoring (18.3 ppg) and rebounding (10.0 rpg) and is one of only 23 players in the country to average a double-double.

America East Notes... in 140 Characters or Less - #AEHOOPS
America East’s conference RPI of 22 (Collegiate Basketball News Dec. 10 Report) is 10 spots higher than at this time a year ago ... America East’s 38 wins through 81 games are 13 more than through as many games last season ... Albany has the league’s highest RPI (56) with Stony Brook next (64) ... Six of America East's nine schools have better RPIs this season at the same point last season ... Albany improved won its third straight and fifth in six games by beating Siena for the Albany Cup Saturday ... The Great Danes' 8-2 start is their best 10-game record as a Division I program ... The Great Danes have won five straight games, their longest win streak since the 2008-09 season ... Mike Black  and Jacob Iati are America East’s top-scoring duo averaging 33.2 ppg ... Stony Brook, which is in the midst of a 10-day layoff, is 6-2 for just the second time in the program's Division I history ... Stony Brook leads the league in scoring (69.4 ppg), scoring defense (59.6 papg) and rebound margin (+9.8). ... Vermont snapped a mini two-game losing skid with a win at Quinnipiac Saturday ... The Catamounts have had six different leading scorers in their nine games ... Among the 21 Division I schools in New England, only UConn has more wins since the start of the 2001-02 season than Vermont’s 218 ... Hartford beat Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday for its fourth win in five games ... Hartford’s 5-4 start is its best through nine games since the 2006-07 season ... UNH won for the second time in three games Saturday behind a career-high 24 points from Ferg Myrick ... UNH leads America East in FG percentage defense (.374) and 3-point FG percentage defense (.238), which ranks seventh nationally ... After starting the season 0-5, Boston University has won three in a row ... Boston U. is the lone America East team with five players averaging over eight points per game ... UMBC's Ryan Cook leads America East with five 20-plus point efforts this season ... Maine leads America East in assists (13.8 apg), steals (7.8 spg), blocks (5.0 bpg) and is second in rebound margin (+2.4) ... Binghamton's Jordan Reed leads America East in both scoring (18.3 ppg) and rebounding (10.0 rpg) ... Reed is one of just 25 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 Nov. 29 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.)
Dec. 10 – Player of the Week: Mike Black (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Jordan Reed (Binghamton)