Brenton's Triple-Double, Watson's Stellar Play Net Men's Hoops Weekly Honors
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A pair standouts that led their teams to 2-0 weeks are America East's men's basketball weekly award winners for the week ending Jan. 27. The winners were announced on Monday afternoon.
Stony Brook's Tommy Brenton recorded the league's first triple-double in nearly eight years and averaged a double-double in wins over UMBC and Maine to earn Player of the Week accolades, while Boston University's Maurice Watson had his first 20-plus point game and racked up 13 assists in wins over Albany and UMBC to take home Rookie of the Week recognition.
Brenton (Columbia, Md.) averaged 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.5 steals last week to take home his second career Player of the Week honor. The senior forward contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the win over the Retrievers Wednesday. He then recorded the Stony Brook's first-ever triple-double and the first in America East since Northeastern's Shawn James on Feb. 27, 2005 by racking up 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the Seawolves' win over Maine Saturday. Brenton also pulled down his 1,000th career rebound against the Black Bears, becoming the conference's eight player to accomplish the feat.
Watson (Philadelphia, Pa.) averaged 15.5 points, 6.5 assists and had a 4.3-to-1 assist to turnover ratio last week to earn his second Rookie of the Week award of the season. The freshman point guard had the best game of his young career in the Terriers' win over Albany on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 21 points while dishing out seven assists. He then had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists in the win over UMBC Saturday.
America East Notes... in 140 Characters or Less - #AEHOOPS
A pair of America East game will appear on ESPN3 and WatchESPN this week (1/29 - Stony Brook at Albany; 1/30 - UMBC at Binghamton) ... Boston U., Hartford and Stony Brook enjoyed unbeaten weeks ... Stony Brook, winner of seven of its last eight, currently sits in first place atop the league standings ... The Seawolves have the league’s highest RPI (92) ... Boston University has won six of its last seven games to move over .500 for the first time this season ... Vermont sits in second place in the league standings at 6-2 ... UVM has won 12 straight conference games on their home floor ... Binghamton and Hartford have already surpassed last year’s win totals ... Stony Brook's Tommy Brenton recorded the program’s first triple-double Saturday and the first in America East since Northeastern's Shawn James on Feb. 27, 2005 vs. Albany ... Brenton also became just the eighth player in league with 1,000 rebounds ... Positioning is crucial as just twice in 33 seasons has a team placed lower than second in the league standings and gone on to win the title ... 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)
Jan. 28 - Player of the Week: Tommy Brenton (Stony Brook); Rookie of the Week: Maurice Watson, Jr. (Boston U.)