CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Binghamton University's dynamic duo of Greer Wright (Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/City College) and Dylan Talley (Burlington, N.J./Life Center Academy) have repeated as America East Men's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively. The teammates, who led the Bearcats to a pair of league wins, are the award winners for the week ending Jan. 31 which were announced Monday afternoon.
A junior guard, Wright averaged 23.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals in a pair of Binghamton wins to earn his third Player of the Week honor of the season. He scored 17 points to go with seven boards and four assists in an 80-63 win at UMBC Wednesday. He then had an America East week-high 29 points, along with eight rebounds and five helpers in a 76-73 overtime win over New Hampshire Saturday.
Also named Player of the Week on Dec. 21, and Jan. 24, Wright is one of just three players in the league to rank in the top-10 in scoring (5th - 15.6 ppg) and rebounding (8th - 6.3 rpg). Wright, who has his team in fourth place at 5-3, is averaging a league-best 20.1 points, is tied for fourth is assists (4.1 apg) and sixth in rebounding (8.1 rpg).
Already the recipient of three Rookie of the Week awards, Talley contributed 16.0 points and 4.5 rebounds over two games last week to earn his fourth Rookie of the Week honor of the season.
A freshman guard, Talley scored a career-high 22 points in Wednesday's win at UMBC and then added 10 points in Saturday's win over New Hampshire. His conventional three-point play with 21 seconds left in overtime sealed the victory for Binghamton, its third straight.
Talley leads all America East rookies and ranks 17th overall with 11.3 points per game.
WEEK FOR BUZZER BEATERS
A pair of games were decided in the waning seconds last week and both involved Maine. The Black Bears upended Boston University, 54-52, on Wednesday on a layup by freshman Mike Allison as time expired. On Sunday, Maine was on the opposite end of a last-second shot as UMBC's Robbie Jackson laid in a go-ahead hoop with 1.4 seconds remaining to his team a 56-55 victory Sunday. The win snapped the Retrievers' 10-game losing skid and was their first league victory.
Stony Brook earned its fourth straight win by downing Boston University, 71-55, on Saturday and moved into sole possession of first place in the league standings. The Seawolves' 7-2 league start is its best in program history and they have already won 15 games for just the second time since 1992.
The three America East teams tabbed for 2010 BracketBusters received their opponents on Monday. Vermont will host Fairfield, while Boston University will travel to Delaware and New Hampshire will go to Loyola (Md.). The games will be played Saturday, Feb. 20.
In addition to Talley, it was a strong week for America East rookies...
• University at Albany's Logan Aronhalt (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) scored a career-best 14 points in Wednesday's loss to Hartford and is averaging 8.6 points over his last 11 games.
• Hartford's Charles White (Philadelphia, Pa./Simon Gratz) scored hit 3-of-4 shots for nine points and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals in a 64-62 win over Albany. Junior Joe Zeglinski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) had nine points and ranks third averaging 17.9 points in league play.
• Maine's Murphy Burnatowski (Waterloo, Ontario/National Elite Development Academy) scored a career-high 14 points and grabbed five rebounds in Wednesday's 54-52 win over Boston University.
• UMBC's Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn./Windsor) averaged 11.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in a pair of games last week. He had his first career double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) in the Retriever's 56-55 win at Maine Saturday.
• New Hampshire's Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Charter) scored a career-high 16 points and pulled down four rebounds in just 18 minutes off the bench Saturday in a loss at Binghamton. Junior Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass./Boys to Men) scored 21 points and had five rebounds in both games last week. His performance on Wednesday, which included 5-of-5 shooting from three-point range, keyed a 75-56 win over Vermont.
• Stony Brook's Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha) had his second straight strong showing and finished with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting in Saturday's win over Boston U.
MARVELOUS MARQUS BLAKELY
Two-time America East Player and Defensive Player of the Year Marqus Blakely is making a case for a three-peat this season. The senior forward is the only player in the country to rank among his league's top-5 in scoring (2nd - 17.4 ppg), rebounding (2nd - 9.1 rpg), assists (4th - 3.7 apg), steals (1st - 2.7 spg) and blocks (1st - 2.3 bpg) and is the only player to lead his team in all those categories. He is also the only active player in the country to have reached at least 1,500 career points (1,669), 900 rebounds (926), 200 assists (257), 200 blocks (239) and 200 steals (203).
A pair of America East standouts are rising rapidly up the conference's all-time 3-point chart. Boston University's Corey Lowe, already the Terriers' all-time leader in treys, is sixth all-time with 287 and trails John Gordon, who split his career between Maine and Delaware, by four for fifth place. Hartford's Joe Zeglinski, who ranks third nationally with 3.5 makes per game, became the Hawks' all-time leader last week and trails Lowe by nine.
Career Three-Point Field Goals Made
1. 354, T.J. Sorrentine, Vermont, 2000-05
2. 313, Mike DeRocckis, Drexel, 1995-99
3. 311, Kevin Reed, Maine, 2003-07
4. 305, Tony Orciari, Vermont, 1997-2001
5. 291, John Gordon, Maine (157)/Del. (134), 1995-2000
6. 287, Corey Lowe, Boston U., 2006-
7. 278, Joe Zeglinski, Hartford, 2006-
RISING UP THE RANKS
Four America East standouts continue to charge up the league's all-time scoring chart. Boston University's Corey Lowe and Vermont's Marqus Blakely have both cracked the Top-25 all-time with 1,673 and 1,669 career points, respectively. Hartford's Joe Zeglinski is 42nd with 1,450 points. The Terriers' John Holland rounds out the group up with 1,295 points.
Albany (6-18, AE 1-8) hosts the 13th Annual Big Purple Growl on Saturday, Feb. 6 at SEFCU Arena … the Great Danes meet Boston University in the second half of a men’s and women’s doubleheader … the University’s Winter Homecoming has been played before capacity crowds (4,538) the last four years …the Great Danes have dropped five in a row after losses to Hartford and Vermont last week …redshirt freshman Logan Aronhalt (Zanesville, Ohio / Zanesville) netted a career-high 14 points against the Hawks in a 64-62 loss … Aronhalt is averaging 8.6 points over his last 11 appearances … UAlbany was edged after committing 18-plus turnovers for the tenth time this season … Tim Ambrose (Brentwood, N.Y./Our Savior New American) added 10 points and is 16 from reaching the 1,000-career mark … Ambrose, a 6-foot junior, would be the 30th player in the program’s history to hit the plateau ... The Great Danes have suffered 10 consecutive road losses in conference play after shooting 24 percent in the second half at Vermont … UAlbany led 29-25 at halftime and lost for just the second time this year with a lead at the intermission … the Great Danes also own an eight-game road losing streak, dating back to a victory at Pennsylvania on Dec. 8 ... Will Harris (Queens, N.Y./Brewster Academy) played nine minutes off the bench at UVM after missing the previous three games with a knee injury … Mike Black (Chicago, Ill./Oak Park Fenwick) is scoring at an 8.6 clip over his last 11 games … the freshman guard had a career-high four steals vs. Hartford … Fran Urli (Zagreb, Croatia / Sportska Gymnasium) has scored eight-plus points against eight opponents this season … Blake Metcalf (Camby, Ind. / Plainfield) is averaging 6.0 rebounds over his last six outings.
Binghamton (10-13, AE 5-3) won both its games during the week and has a season-best three-game win streak… After losing four starters and picked to finish dead last in the Coaches Preseason Poll, the Bearcats have the same conference record at the halfway point as last year’s championship team and are just 1 ½ games out of first place … At UMBC, Binghamton put four players in double-figures and scored a season-high 80 points to keep the Retrievers at bay. Three days later, a season-high crowd of 4,811 was treated to a thrilling overtime win over New Hampshire… Junior forward Greer Wright (Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/City College of San Francisco) averaged 23.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in the two wins. He leads all America East players in conference-only scoring (20.1 ppg) and is fourth in assists (4.1 apg.) and sixth in rebounds (8.1)… Freshman point guard Dylan Talley (Burlington, N.J./Life Center Academy) averaged 16.0 points on the week and helped lock in the win over the Wildcats with a big three-point play with 21 seconds left in overtime… Junior forward Mahamoud Jabbi (Bronx, N.Y./Alfred E. Smith/SUNY Oswego) averaged 8.0 points and 8.0 rebounds. Jabbi, a walk-on, leads the America East in blocks (2.8) and offensive rebounds (3.3) in league play… With students back on campus, Binghamton’s home attendance has swelled to an average of 3,392 – more than 500 higher per game than any other AE school. The Bearcats have led the conference in attendance for six consecutive years.
Boston University (11-11, AE 6-4) dropped to .500 after losing at Maine (56-54) and Stony Brook (71-55) … Still the No. 1 scoring offense in the America East at 69.2 ppg, the Terriers scored under 60 points in back-to-back games for the first time this season … They trailed the Black Bears by 10 with 2:35 remaining before rallying to tie it at 54 apiece with four seconds left … Maine hit a buzzer-beating layup off a near mid-court inbounds pass for the win … John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.)) fell one rebound shy of a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds … At SBU, the Terriers fell behind 13-0 to start the game and could never cut the deficit below seven … Jake O’Brien (Weymouth, Mass./BC High) had a team-high 17 points, while Corey Lowe (Newton, Mass./Newton North) recorded 13 … Lowe is now just seven points from surpassing Jim Hayes (’67-’70) for third all-time in the school record book, while Holland sits at 11th with 1,295 … Lowe also has 375 assists, which is sixth best all-time … The Terriers were on the road for five of the last six games and seven of the last nine, but now will play five of the next six league games at home, starting with New Hampshire on Thursday (Feb. 4) at 7 p.m. on a Comcast SportsNet broadcast … On Saturday (Feb. 6), they will make the day trip to Albany for a 7 p.m. tip-off.
Hartford (6-15, AE 4-4) finished its first tour of the America East last Wednesday with a visit to Albany, earning its second road win of the season when it pulled out a 64-62 victory over the Great Danes … the win evened Hartford’s America East record at 4-4, doubling their league win total from all of last season … junior Joe Zeglinski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) led the Hawks with 21 points at Albany, including his 277th career three-pointer, which established a new Hartford career record … The previous mark of 276 was held by Aaron Cook (2002-06) … Zeglinski hit 20 points for the third time in five games and 21st time in his career … junior Morgan Sabia (San Anselmo, Calif./Sir Francis Drake) added 12 points, moving into third-place on Hartford’s all-time list with two three-pointers, giving him 172 in his career … Sabia added five rebounds, which tied for the team lead with junior Anthony Minor (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) … Minor started for the first time since Jan. 7 at Stony Brook, scoring a season-high eight points … Freshman Charles White (Philadelphia, Pa./Simon Gratz) knocked down his second three-pointer of the season to give Hartford a late three-point lead … White finished with nine points, two steals and three rebounds … Next up for Hartford is a home game with first-place Stony Brook on Wednesday night, followed by a trip to New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon.
Maine (14-7, AE 6-2) defeated Boston University 56-54 before falling to UMBC 56-55…Against Boston University, Mike Allison’s (Lynden, Ontario/National Elite Development Academy) layup off his own rebound with under a second remaining gave Maine the win…Maine was led by freshman Murphy Burnatowski (Waterloo, Ontario/National Elite Academy) who had 14 point and five rebounds…He went 4-for-6 from three-point range … Terrance Mitchell (Milton, Fla./Faulkner State Community College) added 10 points and four assists…Junior Bernal (Manhattan, N.Y.) had seven points, 10 rebounds and four assists … Against UMBC, Maine was led by Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./Worcester Academy) who had a game-high 16 point and four steals … Troy Barnies (Auburn, Maine/Edward Little) added 13 points and nine rebounds…Bernal added nine points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals … Bernal is now 24 rebounds shy of 500 and 38 points away from 1,000 for his career…Maine’s 6-2 start to through eight games matches the 1999-2000 team that also started 6-2 … Bernal is two assists away from tying Eric Dobson for eighth on the all-time list at Maine…Sean McNally (Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner) is seventh in program history with 78 career blocks and
22nd with 525 career rebounds … The Black Bears return to action on Wednesday at Vermont with a 7 p.m. tip and host Binghamton on Saturday at 12 p.m. with the game broadcast live on WABI-TV.
UMBC (2-20, AE 1-8) junior post Robbie Jackson’s (Aberdeen, Md./Prince Avenue Prep/Marshall) lay-in with 1.4 seconds remaining gave visiting UMBC an emotional 56-55 victory over league-leading Maine on Saturday… Sophomore wing Chauncey Gilliam (Columbia, Md./Brewster Acad.) and freshman Brian Neller (Red Bank, N.J./Christian Brothers Acad.) led a balanced attack with 12 points each… Freshman forward Adrian Satchell (Windsor, Conn./Windsor), UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds… Satchell is now averaging 8.9 points per game in league contests… Sophomore guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) contributed eight assists, while Jackson registered all eight of his points and six of seven rebounds in the final 19 minutes… UMBC only dressed eight players as freshmen Nick Groce (Upper Marlboro, Md./St. Mary’s) (illness) and Shawn Grant (San Jose, Calif./St. Francis) (hand injury) did not play… The Retrievers, who entered the game at Maine in last place in the America East in team defense, allowing 74.2 points per game, held Maine to 32.1 percent from the floor and neutralized the Black Bears’ size advantage by corralling just one less rebound (36-35) than the hosts… UMBC has now won three straight games at Alfond and four in a row overall against the Black Bears... They lead the series for the first time at 8-7… Gilliam has scored in double figures in a career-best six consecutive games… Neller posted double figures for the first time in nine America East appearances and the first time since a 10-point effort at Penn State on Dec. 8… De La Rosa now has 32 assists and eight turnovers in his last five games… The Retrievers snapped an 11-game slide with the win over the Black Bears… UMBC entered the week 23rd in the nation with only 11.6 turnovers per game… The Retrievers have the week off before hosting Vermont on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m.
New Hampshire (8-11, 3-5 AE) went 1-1 last week, upending Vermont, 75-56, at home Jan. 27, and dropping a 76-73 overtime heartbreaker at Binghamton on Jan. 30 … Their win against Vermont improved the Wildcats’ home record to 7-1 this season, their best start in Durham since the 1994-95 team won seven of their first eight there … junior Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass./Boys to Men Academy) led the Wildcats to victory with 21 points on 7 of 13 shooting, including a perfect 5 of 5 from behind the arc … Abreu also made both of his free throws and added five boards, a pair of assists and a block … At Binghamton, Abreu again netted 21, this time on 7 of 17 shooting, including 3 of 7 from deep … the guard made all four of his shots at the stripe and pulled in five boards … Abreu now has 980 points for his career and is close to becoming the 27th Wildcat in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau … freshman Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Charter) chipped in with nine points, four rebounds and a steal in 16 minutes against Vermont … Myrick then poured in a career-high 16 points on 5 of 9 shooting, including a perfect 2 of 2 from behind the arc in 18 minutes at Binghamton on Jan. 30 … Myrick was 4-for-5 at the line and pulled down four boards … junior guard Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) also netted 21 points against the Catamounts, marking just the second time this season and in their careers that Conley and Abreu have each scored 20 or more in the same game … sophomore Russell Graham (Norristown, Pa.) dished out a career-high 12 assists against Vermont … Junior Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) got back on track against the Bearcats
with 17 points and eight boards … The Wildcats return to action Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. when they take on Boston U. in theirfirst-ever game versus the Terriers at Agganis Arena … The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet.
Stony Brook (15-7, AE 7-2) defeated Boston University, 71-55, on Saturday night at a sold out Pritchard Gymnasium in its only game off the week … The Seawolves moved into first place with the win and are off to their best start in conference play since joining the America East in 2001-02 … The Seawolves have now won four straight conference games for the first time since 2002-03 … Stony Brook is now 9-1 at home, matching its best 10 game start at home since 2000-01 … the Seawolves are also off to their best overall start since 1990-91 … senior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich./Holt/Lansing CC) led four Seawolves in double-figures with 19 points against the Terriers … Stony Brook opened the game on a 13-0 run and never trailed … El-Amin hit two three-pointers in the game opening run … junior Chris Martin added 16 points while freshman Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md./DeMatha) chipped in with 14 … Rouse has now scored in double-figures in two straight games … Sophomore Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md./Hargrave) had six points and a game-high 14 rebounds … it was his 11th double-digit rebound game of the season … sophomore Dallis Joyner grabbed 11 rebounds … He now has recorded double-digit rebounds in four straight games … SBU out-rebounded the Terriers, 46-24, and held them 14 points below their season scoring average … Stony Brook also held the leagues leading scorer, John Holland, to six points … SBU shot 48.1 percent against BU, matching its season-high … The Seawolves have shot over 40 percent in seven of their nine conference games.
Vermont (15-8, AE 6-3) went 1-1 on the week, falling at New Hampshire on Wednesday, 75-56 and then topping Albany on Saturday at home, 64-46 … The Wildcats shot 61 percent (11-for-18) from three to knock off the Catamounts for only the third time in the last 20 meetings between the two schools … Senior Marqus Blakely (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) led the Catamounts with 17 points and 11 rebounds for his third straight double-double … The last time that Vermont lost three straight America East games came during the 2007-08 season when it fell to Albany, Boston University and Stony Brook by a combined five points … Behind a 39-17 scoring edge in the second half, the Catamounts snapped a three-game slide against Albany in front of a sell out crowd at Patrick Gym … The Catamounts trailed 29-25 at the half, but scored 18 of the first 19 in the second frame … Blakely led three Cats in double figures with a game-high 14 points in only 19 minutes of action … Vermont also got a big game from junior Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy), who sparked the second half run and ended the game with 10 points, six rebounds, six blocks and three assists … The 46 points were the fewest that the Cats have given up this year … Fjeld’s six blocks were a career high and the most for a Catamount this season … Vermont returns to action this week when it hosts Maine on Wednesday and then travels to face UMBC on Saturday.