There are three America East men's basketball games on Wednesday's slate, including a matinee battle between a pair of team that are unbeaten in conference play. On Tuesday, Boston U. picked up its first conference win by handing Vermont its first league defeat.
Hartford (9-6, 2-0 AE) and Maine (7-8, 2-0 AE), two of the hottest teams in the league, square off in a noon contest at Chase Family Arena. The Hawks, winners of four of their last five, seek their first 3-0 America East start since the 2002-03 season, while the Black Bears, victors in four straight are looking for their first 3-0 start since the 1999-2000 campaign. Hartford, which is off to its best 15 game start in 16 seasons, has won five straight in the series.
Also Wednesday, UMBC (2-13, 0-2 AE) hosts New Hampshire (4-10, 0-2 AE) in a matchup of two teams looking to snap losing skids, while Stony Brook (10-4, 1-0 AE) tries to improve on its best start in the program's Division I history when it visits Binghamton (2-13, 0-2 AE). Both games tip at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, Boston U. (7-9, 1-2 AE) held Vermont (9-6, 2-1 AE) to a season-low 27 percent shooting performance and outscored the Cats 41-29 after halftime to avoid its first 0-3 league start in 20 years. D.J. Irving paced the Terriers with 20 points, his fifth 20-point effort of the year, while Dom Morris had a double-double of 17 points and 10 boards. Sandro Carissimo led Vermont with 17 points, while Clancy Rugg and Trey Blue each had 10.