Two League Contests On Tap Sunday
Four America East men's basketball teams are in action Sunday, including three teams playing their first league games of the season. UMass Lowell hosts UMBC at 1 p.m. while Maine entertains Binghamton at 4:30 p.m.
Both games will air on AmericaEast.TV for free. Additionally, the UMBC-UMass Lowell contest will be broadcast in full HD and available on mobile devices through a web browser.
UMass Lowell (1-11, 0-1 AE) will be coming off a 14-day layoff and trying to improve to 1-1 in league play after dropping its opener to Vermont on Dec. 18. UMBC (4-9) is playing its league opener and coming off a win over Navy its last time out. This is the first-ever meeting between the two squads.
Maine (2-10) has won seven of the last eight meetings with Binghamton (3-10) as the two teams play their league openers Sunday. That one Bearcat win came last season in Orono as Jimmy Gray hit a jumper at the buzzer. Both teams are looking for their second win in three games.
On Saturday, Albany (7-7, 1-0 AE) kicked off league play with an 81-56 win over Hartford (5-10, 0-1 AE). The Great Danes hit a program-record 16 three pointers, the most by an America East team since Binghamton hit 17 in the 2011 America East Championship. Peter Hooley led the way with 25 points, five rebounds and six assists. D.J. Evans tied his career high 20 points, while the league's leading scorer, Mark Nwakamma, paced Hartford with 13 points.
Vermont (5-8) won for the fourth time in six games, hitting 34-of-41 free throws en route to a 72-63 at Dartmouth. Clancy Rugg scored a career-high 24 points and Brian Voelkel had a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. Voelkel also moved into seventh place on America East's all-time rebound list (1,019 career boards).
New Hampshire (2-11) shot just 35 percent and suffered a 66-53 loss to Sacred Heart, its 11th-straight loss. John Edwards' career-high 13 points led UNH.