Double-Doubles Lead Rugg, Warney to Men's Basketball Weekly Awards
Vermont's Clancy Rugg nearly averaged a double-double while leading Vermont to two wins and earned Player of the Week accolades as a result while Stony Brook's Jameel Warney picked up his seventh Rookie of the Week award of the season as he averaged a double-double last week.
Rugg (Burlington, Vt.) averaged 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in wins over Binghamton and Stony Brook last week to take home his first career Player of the Week award. The junior forward contributed 16 points and three rebounds in the Catamounts' 61-37 victory over Binghamton Wednesday, then had the best game of his career in Friday's 81-73 win over Stony Brook. Rugg earned his second career double-double, tying his career his career high with 19 points and adding a career-best 15 rebounds. The Burlington native is averaging 18 points, 9.0 rebounds and shooting 55.6 percent from the field since entering the starting lineup three games ago.
Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) averaged a double-double of 13.5 points and 12.0 rebounds while also providing 1.5 blocks per game over a pair of contests last week en route to earning his seventh Rookie of the Week honor this season, tying him with three others for the second-most honors in league history. The freshman forward, who shot 61 percent from the field (11-of-18) for the week, had 12 points and 14 boards in a 75-48 win over Boston U. on Tuesday, then followed that showing with a 15-point, 10-rebound performance in a loss at Vermont Saturday. Warney leads America East in field goal percentage (.616) and blocks per game (1.8) while averaging a team-best 12.4 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per contest.
America East Notes... in 140 Characters or Less - #AEHOOPS
Road teams went 3-0 on Saturday after home teams had dominated league play through the first 22 games, going 17-5 ... Three AE men's hoops games will air on ESPN3 this week (1/22 - Vermont at Maine, 1/24 - Hartford at UNH, 1/26 - Vermont at Albany) ... Vermont handed Stony Brook its first league loss Friday in a rematch of last season’s America East title game ... UVM has won 12 straight games vs. America East foes at home and five of their last six overall ... Albany improved to 16-4 win a win at Hartford Saturday ... Albany’s 16-4 record is its best through 20 games in Division I and league’s best 20-game mark since Vermont in 2004-05 ... The Catamounts and Great Danes are tied atop the league standings at 5-1 ... Stony Brook has the league’s highest RPI (98) ... The Seawolves’ 13-5 record is their best through 18 games in Division I ... Binghamton picked up its first conference win Saturday, beating Maine, 57-56, on Jimmy Gray's three-pointer with 2.0 seconds left ... UMBC has won two of its last three games ... Hartford has already surpassed last season’s win total with 11 games left ... Boston U. beat UNH Saturday for its fourth win in its last five games ... Stony Brook’s Tommy Brenton is 18 rebounds 30 of 1,000 for his career ... Stony Brook leads the league in scoring defense (58.4 papg) and FG percentage defense (.373), which is the 13th-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 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)
Jan. 21 - Player of the Week: Clancy Rugg (Vermont); Rookie of the Week: Jameel Warney (Stony Brook)