Mark Nwakamma and Hartford host Boston U. in one of four America East men's hoops games Saturday.
Mark Nwakamma and Hartford host Boston U. in one of four America East men's hoops games Saturday.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Second Half of Men's Basketball League Play Kicks Off with Four Games Saturday

Release: 02/01/2013

The second half of the America East men's basketball schedule gets in full swing on Saturday as eight teams hit the court.

Stony Brook will visit New Hampshire and kick off the day's action with a 4 p.m. contest at Lundholm Gym. The other three contests will be played at night with Hartford hosting Boston University at 7, UMBC entertaining Maine at 7 and Binghamton going to Albany for a 7:30 contest.

The first-place Seawolves (16-5, 7-1 AE) are going for their fourth-straight win and ninth in 10 games, while the Wildcats (6-14, 2-6 AE) have won back-to-back games are seeking their first three-game win streak of the season. Stony Brook has won five straight game in the series, including a 64-51 decision earlier this season.

The Terriers (11-10, 5-3 AE) have won three straight as well and five of their last six games, while the Hawks (11-10, 4-4 AE) have dropped four of their last five. The two teams are the top three-point shooting squads in the league with Boston U. leading the league with 168 made treys (8.0 pg) and Hartford ranking second with 161 (7.7 pg). Hartford won the first meeting between the two teams, 77-74, on Jan. 5 by making 14 three-pointers.

The Retrievers (5-16, 3-5 AE) can surpass last season's win total win a win over the Black Bears (8-13, 3-5 AE) Saturday. UMBC, which beat Binghamton its last time out, would also move into sixth place in the league standings with a win. Maine is trying to win for just the second time in its last seven games. The Black Bears have won four straight over the Retrievers, including an 81-66 victory on Jan. 5.

The Great Danes (16-7, 5-4 AE) will try to find their winning ways when they host the Bearcats (3-18, 1-6 AE) in their Big Purple Growl game. Albany has dropped three straight but is still tied with Stony Brook for the most wins in the league. Binghamton hopes to surpass last year's America East win total with a win. Albany won the first meeting between the two teams, 71-59 on Jan. 7.

Upcoming Action - Saturday, February 2
Stony Brook at New Hampshire, 4 p.m. -- Live Stats | Video| UNH Audio | Stony Brook Audio
Boston U. at Hartford, 7 p.m. -- Live Stats | Video | Hartford Audio | Boston U. Audio
Maine at UMBC, 7 p.m. -- Live Stats | Video | UMBC Audio | Maine Audio
Binghamton at Albany, 7:30 p.m. (Time Warner Sports) -- Live Stats | Video | Albany Audio | Binghamton Audio