East men's basketball teams return from holiday break by hitting the
road in the league's first action since Sunday. Albany, Binghamton,
Boston U. and Stony Brook will all play away from home Friday evening.
Highlighting the night's action will be Stony Brook (8-3) playing at Seton Hall at 7 p.m. in a game that will be televised in the tri-state area on SNY and also air on ESPN3 and WatchESPN elsewhere. The game is a rematch of last year's thrilling first-round NIT matchup, which the Pirates eked out, 63-61. The Seawolves are going for their fifth win in their last six games.
Albany (9-3) will try to bounce back from just its third loss of the year when it travels
to Navy for a 7 p.m. contest. Mike Black and Iati are America East’s
top-scoring duo averaging 32.5 ppg. Black ranks third (17.2 ppg) and
Iati is sixth (15.3 ppg) among league leaders.
Binghamton (2-9), which has already matched last season's win total, returns from a 16-day layoff when it visits Colgate Friday at 7 p.m. The Bearcats have one of the top freshmen not only in the conference but in the country in Jordan Reed, who paces America East in rebounding (9.8 rpg) and is second in scoring (17.4 ppg).
Boston U. (5-6) has won five of its last six games and looks to stay hot when it plays reigning Atlantic Sun champion Belmont in the UCF Holiday Tournament in Orlando at 9:30 p.m. The Terriers, the lone America East team with five players averaging over eight points per game, have been fueled by defensive success of late, holding foes to 59.5 ppg of their last six games.