Albany, Hartford, Maine, Vermont Start Men's Basketball League Play With Wins
Home teams went 3-1 on the opening night of America East play in men's basketball Wednesday as Albany, Hartford and Maine were victorious on their home floors while Vermont earned a road victory.
Albany (12-3, 1-0 AE) used a 19-3 second-half run to grow its lead from four to 20 en route to beating UMBC (2-12, 0-1 AE), 65-48. Mike Black led Albany with 17 points while Jacob Iati contributed 15. Albany's 12-3 record is the best by any America East team through 15 games since Vermont equaled that mark during the 2004-05 season. Ryan Cook and Brett Roseboro each had 12 points to pace the Retrievers.
Hartford (8-6, 1-0 AE) overcame a 10-point first half deficit to down Binghamton (2-12, 0-1 AE), 61-58, at Chase Family Arena. The Hawks were outshot by the Bearcats, 54 percent to 35 percent but scored 21 points off 22 Binghamton turnovers to make up the difference. Mark Nwakamma went over the 20-plus point mark for the third time this season, scoring a team-high 23 points. Jimmy Gray poured in a game and career-high 24 points for Binghamton on 7-of-8 shooting, including 6-of-7 from three-point range.
Maine (6-8, 1-0 AE) won its third straight and beat Boston U. (6-8, 0-1 AE) for third time in the two teams last four meetings at Alfond Arena, a 63-58 victory. The Terriers led for most of the way, but Xavier Pollard's jumper with 2:05 left put Maine on top for good. Alasdair Fraser paced the Black Bears with a game-high 17 points, while D.J. Irving's 15 points led Boston U.
Vermont (8-5, 1-0) won its league opener for the 11th time in the last last 13 years, a 64-51 win at New Hampshire. The Catamounts held the Wildcats to just 35 percent shooting, including 6-of-21 from the behind the arc en route to the win. Candon Rusin had 15 points to lead UVM while Ethan O'Day added 11 and Brian Voelkel had five to go with 13 rebounds and six assists. Ferg Myrick scored a game-high 19 for UNH.
Recent Results - Wednesday, January 2
at Albany 65, UMBC 48 -- Box Score | Recap | Highlights
at Hartford 61, Binghamton 58 -- Box Score | Recap | Highlights
at Maine 63, Boston U. 58-- Box Score | Recap
Vermont 64, at New Hampshire 51 -- Box Score | Recap