Updated: January 14, 2013 5:01 pm (ET)
by America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Forwards from the two teams with the best overall records in America East are this week's men's basketball weekly award winners. The honorees for the week ending January 13 were announced Monday afternoon.
University at Albany's Sam Rowley averaged a double-double last week and led his Great Danes to two win as he earned Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career. Stony Brook University's Jameel Warney took home his sixth Rookie of the Week award, by leading Seawolves to two wins.
Rowley (Sydney, Australia) made the most of his first two career starts last week as he averaged 15.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 steals and shot 72 percent from the field en route to earned top player honors. The sophomore forward, the third different Great Dane to take home Player of the Week honors this season (Mike Black, Jacob Iati), scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added a career-best 13 boards while dishing out four assists in a win at Binghamton Monday. He then had 10 points and another 13 boards in a win over Maine Saturday. In the first four conference games this season, Rowley is averaging a double-double with 11.8 points and 10.0 rebounds a game. He had helped the Great Danes get off to its best 18-game start (14-4) as a Division I program
Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks and led Stony Brook in scoring last week as it won both games and improved to a program-best 12-4. The freshman big man, who has already earned six Rookie of the Week honors this year, started his week by scoring 13 points to go with eight rebounds in a win at Binghamton Wednesday. He then had a team-high 17 points and six boards in a win over Hartford Saturday.
America East Notes... in 140 Characters or Less - #AEHOOPS
Stony Brook is the league’s lone unbeaten team in league play remaining ... The Seawolves have the league’s highest RPI (93). ... Positioning has proved crucial over the years as just twice in the conference's 33 seasons has a team finished lower than second in standings and won the league title ... Albany and SBU each carried their most non-league wins into league play ... Stony Brook’s 12-4 record is its best through 16 games in Division I ... Albany’s 14-4 record is its best through 16 games in Division I ... Hartford has surpassed last season’s win total ... UMBC picked up its first America East victory of the season Wednesday ... Stony Brook’s Tommy Brenton is 30 rebounds 30 of 1,000 for his career ... Stony Brook leads the league in scoring defense (57.6 papg) and FG percentage defense (.374), which is the 14th-best mark in the nation ... America East teams entered league play with 53 non-conference wins, an 18-win improvement from last season ... Albany's Mike Black and Stony Brook's Anthony Jackson are nominees for the Cousy Award, given to the nation's top point guard ... 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 Albany is ranked 24th in the latest College Insider Mid-Major Top-25 while Stony Brook is receiving votes ... 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)
Dec. 17 - Player of the Week: Dave Coley (Stony Brook); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
Dec. 24 - Player of the Week: Justin Edwards (Maine); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
Dec. 31 - Co-Players of the Week: Jacob Iati (Albany)/Justin Edwards (Maine); Rookie of the Week: Jordan Reed (Binghamton)
Jan. 7 - Co-Players of the Week: Mark Nwakamma (Hartford)/Alasdair Fraser (Maine); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)
Jan. 14 - Player of the Week: Sam Rowley (Albany); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)