Jameel Warney (left) and Brian Voelkel (right) lead Stony Brook and Vermont, respectively, in pursuit of first place Thursday.
Jameel Warney (left) and Brian Voelkel (right) lead Stony Brook and Vermont, respectively, in pursuit of first place Thursday.
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Stony Brook, Vermont Battle For 1st Place on ESPN3 Thursday

Release: 02/27/2014

Just two days with America East men's basketball regular-season games remain with much left to be decided. Much of it can be determined on Thursday when four games take place, including Vermont and Stony Brook meeting with first place on the line on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. Eric Frede (play-by-play) and Frank Sullivan (analyst) will have the call.

Fans can watch that game on ESPN3 as well as WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE. Fans can learn how to access games on all available platforms at ESPN3's FAQ page.

The top spot in the America East standings will be on the line when Vermont (19-9, 13-1 AE) hosts Stony Brook (20-8, 12-2 AE). Just one game separates the two teams with two games remaining. A Vermont win would give the Catamounts their sixth America East regular-season title since 2002 while a Stony Brook win would put it in a tie with the Catamounts atop the standings. The Seawolves would hold the tiebreaker for the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament. 

Both teams enter the game red hot with Vermont having won eight-straight games and 15 of its last 16 while Stony Brook has won three in a row and 11 of 13. Stony Brook handed Vermont its lone league loss, 67-64, on Jan. 24. The Catamounts, who will honor their six seniors including all-league performers Brian Voelkel, Clancy Rugg and Sandro Carissimo before the game, have rolled opponents in their 13 wins, compiling a +22.0 scoring margin in league play, the best mark in the country.

The other three games Thursday will be available on AmericaEast.TV at 7 p.m. through a web browser from their computer, tablet or smartphone. How to Watch

Albany (14-13, 8-6 AE) hosts New Hampshire (6-21, 4-10 AE) at SEFCU Arena, where it is 8-3 this season. The Great Danes have locked up no worse than the No. 4 seed for the America East Championship for the fourth-straight year. UNH, which looks to snap a four-game losing skid, won the first meeting between the two teams, 60-56, on Jan. 23.

Binghamton (7-20, 4-10 AE), winner of three of its last four, visits Hartford (13-14, 8-6 AE), winner of four of its last five. The Hawks, who have secured no worse than the No. 4 seed for the second-straight year after being seeded that high just once in the previous nine years. The Hawks won the first meeting, 56-54, on Jan. 23 on Taylor Dyson's tip-in as time wound down.

UMass Lowell (9-18, 7-8 AE) hosts Maine (5-21, 3-11 AE) in its final game of the season. The River Hawks, who are ineligible for the America East Championship due to reclassifying rules, can finish .500 in league play with a win. UML is guaranteed to finish no worse than fifth in the league standings. Senior Akeem Williams, the league's leading scorer, is averaging 23.0 points per game over his last five games. The Black Bears are looking to snap a five-game losing skid.

Upcoming Action

Thursday, February 27
Stony Brook at Vermont, 7 p.m. (ESPN3) - Watch on ESPN3 | Live Stats

Binghamton at Hartford, 7 p.m. - Watch on AmericaEast.TV | Live Stats
Maine at UMass Lowell, 7 p.m. - Watch on AmericaEast.TV | Live Stats
New Hampshire at Albany, 7 p.m. - Watch on AmericaEast.TV | Live Stats