Vermont's Fjeld, UMBC's Plummer Net MBB Weekly Honors
Fjeld enjoyed two of his best games as a collegian, averaging 24.5 points on 20-of-31 shooting (64.5 percent) and 3.5 blocks in a pair of games last week. A third-team All-America East choice last season, Fjeld scored a career-best 26 points and added three blocks in a loss at Connecticut Wednesday. He led UVM to a 36-33 halftime lead with 12 first-half points.
Fjeld again came up big against Quinnipiac on Saturday, scoring 21 of his 23 points in the second half of the Cats' 79-75 win. The preseason all-conference selection made 10 of his 13 shots and contributed four blocks. Fjeld leads America East in scoring (22.7 ppg), blocks (2.67 bpg) and ranks second in FG percentage (.642).
Plummer averaged 12.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in a pair of games last week. He also became the first freshman in UMBC's 25-year Division I history to score in double figures in each of his first three contests.
A freshman forward, Plummer scored 11 points and added four rebounds, two assists and two steals in a loss to Loyola Tuesday. He followed that performance with 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting and eight rebounds against Central Connecticut State Saturday. Through three games, Plummer ranks among league leaders averaging 12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. He also ranks eighth in field-goal percentage, making 51.7 percent of his attempts.
The Honor Roll
Several other America East players had top performances last week:
• Albany's Logan Aronhalt (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) scored a career-high 27 points and pulled 10 rebounds in a 26-point win at Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday.
• Binghamton's Greer Wright (Boynton Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/City College of San Francisco) scored a game-high 21 points and hit 4-of-8 three-point attempts in a loss at Bucknell Wednesday.
• Boston University's John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.)) scored a season-high 28 points and grabbed six rebounds in the Terriers' lop-sided win against George Washington in the NIT Season Tipoff. Matt Griffin (Narbeth, Pa./Rider) led the Terriers to a win against Marist Friday with 21 points, which all came in the second half, on perfect 7-of-7 shooting, including 5-of-5 from three-point range.
• Hartford's Morgan Sabia (San Anselmo, Calif./Sir Francis Drake) put up 23 points for the second straight game in a narrow two-point loss to Quinnipiac Tuesday.
• Maine's Murphy Burnatowski (Waterloo, Ontario/National Elite Development Acad.) scored 17 points on perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the field in a 95-44 win over Maine-Machias Friday.
• UMBC's Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) recorded career-highs of 30 points and 11 rebounds against Central Connecticut State Saturday. The 30 points was the most by an America East player this season.
• New Hampshire's Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) averaged 17.0 points in wins over Dartmouth and Holy Cross last week. He hit a game-winning three-pointer with only 33.9 seconds left against the Crusaders Saturday.
• Stony Brook's Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J./Scotch Plains) moved into second place on the school's all-time three-point FG list after draining nine treys last week. He has 179 in less than three full seasons.
• Vermont's Matt Glass (Underhill Center, Vt./Northfield Mt. Hermon/UMass) scored a career-high 24 points and hit his first six three-point attempts against UConn Wednesday. Joey Accaoui (Lincoln, R.I./St. Andrew's) scored 16 points off the bench in the win over Quinnipiac Saturday.
And We're Off
The 2010-11 season is underway and America East teams are 14-17 to this point. Nine of those wins have come on the road, including Maine at Utah Valley U. and Vermont stopping Siena's 38-game home win streak. The Catamounts also upended Northeast Conference favorite Quinnipiac, 79-75, Saturday, while Boston U. crushed Atlantic 10 foe George Washington, 76-67, Tuesday.
Record Start for Wildcats
A week and a half into the 2010-11 season, there is one unbeaten team left. The New Hampshire Wildcats improved to 3-0 with a thrilling 55-52 win over Holy Cross Saturday. With his team trailing, 52-51, in the game's final minute Saturday, Tyrone Conley drained a three-pointer with 33.9 seconds left to give the Wildcats their third straight win. The 3-0 start is the Wildcats' first since the 1971-72 season.
Great Win for Great Danes
Albany earned its first win of the season Saturday, downing Fairleigh Dickinson, 72-46. The 26-point margin of victory was the Great Danes' third-largest in its Division I history. Logan Aronhalt scored a career-high 27 points in the victory.
Hartford's Joe Zeglinski joined an exclusive group last week. He became just the 21st player in league history to score 1,500 points and grab 500 rebounds. Already among the league's top all-time scorers with 1,617 points, Zeglinski had five boards, including his 500th, against Dartmouth Saturday. Boston University's John Holland is also in the exclusive group with 1,632 points and 549 rebounds.
Catching the Injury Bug
Two of America East's 10 returning all-conference players are out indefinetly. Stony Brook's Tommy Brenton and New Hampshire's Alvin Abreu, both second-team all-league choices last season, both suffered knee injuries that will threaten their seasons. Brenton's happened in September, while Abreu's injury came against Dartmouth Thursday.
Seawolves Soar on ESPN
Playing for the first time ever on ESPN, Stony Brook erased an 11-point deficit and outscored Monmouth 17-6 down the stretch to earn a 51-49 victory on Tuesday. The game, which was played at 6 a.m., was part of ESPN's Season Tipoff Marathon. SBU's Chris Martin sank a pair of free throws with 22 seconds to seal the comeback win against the Hawks.
It's Tourney Time
A pair of teams are participating in early-season tournaments this season. Boston University snapped an 11-game losing streak against Atlantic 10 foe George Washington in the first round of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tipoff Wednesday. The Terriers, who earned their first win in four NIT games, faced No. 6/7 Villanova in the second round Wednesday and fell, 82-66. Boston U. will play Hampton and Nevada in the consolation round at George Washington this week.
Albany is competing in the Legends Classic for the second straight season. The Great Danes fell to Georgia Tech, 78-51 Wednesday and will face Detroit, Niagara and Bowling Green in the Detroit Subregional of the tournament this weekend. Albany hosted a subregional at SEFCU Arena last season.
A Banner Night for the Cats
Vermont, which is off to a 2-1 start by posting road wins at Siena and Northeast Conference favorite Quinnipiac, will recognize it's 2010 America East champion squad before Wednesday's home game against Loyola. The Catamounts tied a school record with 25 wins and captured their fourth America East title since 2003 last season.
Rising up the Charts
A pair of America East standouts are charging up the league's all-time scoring list and will finish among the all-time greats. Boston University senior John Holland, a two-time first team all-conference selection, moved into 26th place all-time last week and has 1,632 career points. Hartford's Joe Zeglinski, a two-time all-league choice, follows just behind in 28th place with 1,617 points.
AE ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
No. Player, School Points
25. Mark Halsel, Northeastern 1,651
26. John Holland, Boston U. 1,632
27. Mike DeRocckis, Drexel 1,651
28. Joe Zeglinski, Hartford 1,617
Terriers The Top Choice
In search of its first league title since 2002, Boston University is the coaches’ choice to win its sixth America East men’s basketball championship in 2010-11.
The Terriers garnered six of eight possible first-place votes (coaches were not allowed to vote for their team) and 62 points, followed by reigning regular-season champion Stony Brook University, which received two first-place votes and 57 points. University of Maine picked up the last first-place tally and followed in third place with 51 points. University of New Hampshire was next in fourth place with 41 points, just ahead of defending champion University of Vermont, which collected 35 points. University of Hartford (24 points), Binghamton University (23) and University at Albany (22) were closely bunched together at sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. UMBC finished with nine points and rounded out the nine-team poll.
All-Leaguers Highlight Preseason Team
The three returning first-team all-conference selections from last season highlight the 2010-11 America East Preseason All-Conference Team as determined in a vote by the league’s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Binghamton University’s Greer Wright (Lake Worth, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/CC San Francisco), Boston University’s John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict’s Prep (N.J.)) and University of Maine’s Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch), all first-team All-America East choices a year ago, were chosen to duplicate that feat in 2010-11 with Wright and Holland being unanimous selections. The Terriers’ Jake O’Brien (Weymouth, Mass./Boston College High) and University of Vermont’s Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) rounded out the team.
Back to Hartford
The 2011 America East Men's & Women's Basketball Championship presented by Newman's Own will return to University of Hartford on March 3-6, 2011 after a successful tournament in 2010. Chase Family Arena played host to the league's first-ever combined championship last season.
Albany (1-3) ended a seven-game skid, dating back to last year, with a 72-46 win at Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 20 … The Great Danes led 38-34 early in the second half, but then exploded with 16 of the game’s next 20 points … UAlbany’s win margin was the third-largest against a Division I opponent … The Great Danes held FDU to 29.1 percent shooting, the lowest figure by an opponent since Nov. 17, 2007 … UAlbany held an opponent under 50 points for the 23rd time at the Division I level … Logan Aronhalt (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) posted career-highs in points (27) and rebounds (10) ... Aronhalt netted the most points by a UAlbany player since Feb. 22, 2009 and registered the program’s first double-double since Feb. 13, 2010 ... Aronhalt has scored in double figures in seven straight games … Jacob Iati (York, Pa. / York Catholic) made his first start as a collegian on his 21st birthday at Georgia Tech in the Legends Classic … Iati, whose brother, Jon, was a 1,000-point scorer at UAlbany, had 10 points in the FDU win … Tim Ambrose has climbed to No. 21 on the all-time scoring list with 1,113 points … Ambrose has scored in twin figures in all four games this season, including a team-high 16 at Georgia Tech … Blake Metcalf (Camby, Ind./Plainfield) totaled eight points and eight rebounds in a career-high 32 minutes at Fairleigh Dickinson, who the Great Danes played for the first time since March 6, 1959 ... UAlbany started the season with two NCAA teams (Cornell, Georgia Tech) and the Patriot League preseason favorite (American) … Albany plays in the Legends Classic’s Detroit Subregional on Nov. 26-28.
Binghamton (1-2) dropped a pair of lopsided games during the week - a 28-point defeat at Bucknell followed by a 25-point setback against St. Bonaventure ... The games marked the program's lowest combined offensive output in back-to-back games in 55 years of basketball at the university ... Senior forward Greer Wright (Boynton Beach, Fla./Boca Raton Prep/City College of San Francisco) scored a game-high 21 points at Bucknell, hitting 7-of-15, including 4-of-8 from three-point range. It was the 10th time that Wright has hit for 20 or more in just over one seasons at Binghamton ... Seniors Moussa Camara (Paris, France/The Rock School/Stoneridge) and Chretien Lukusa (Toronto, Ontario/Eastern Commerce College) scored 13 and 12 points respectively, against the Bonnies ... The Bearcats drew 3,502 for their home opener against the Atlantic 10 Bonnies ... Binghamton hits the road for away games at Army and Drexel this week. The all-time series with Army is tied 2-2 with the Bearcats winning the last two games in 2000-01 and 2001-02 ... Binghamton has never played Drexel.
Boston University (2-2) played three games in four days and came away with a 2-1 record ... Facing George Washington, for the sixth straight season, in the first round of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off, Boston U. pulled off the upset of the seventh-seeded Colonials for the 76-67 victory ... Senior John Holland (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.)) scored a game-high 28 points, while junior Jake O'Brien (Weymouth,Mass./BC High) posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds ... The Terriers snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Colonials and won their first NIT game after going 0-3 previously ... They next faced second-year head coach Patrick Chambers' former team, sixth-ranked Villanova and lost, 82-66 ... The contest marked the team's first top-10 opponent since facing then-No. 1 Duke in the 2005 preseason NIT ... The 66 points are the most given up by the Wildcats through four games ... The Terriers then earned a 58-37 win over Marist in the home opener Friday at Case Gym ... Junior Matt Griffin (Narberth, Pa./Rider) scored a career-high 21 points - all in the second half - to help the Terriers pull away from the Red Foxes ... Boston U. will complete the NIT at GW and face Hampton Monday, then Nevada Tuesday ... The Terriers will then host Cornell on Saturday at 5 p.m. ... The game marks the first appearance by a Sweet 16 team from the previous season on campus since defending champ Duke visited in 1991-92.
Hartford (0-3) is still in search of its first victory after dropping two games last week, including a 66-64 nailbiter at Quinnipiac ... The Hawks battled back throughout their contest at in-state rival Quinnipiac, never leading but with a chance to tie or take the lead as the buzzer sounded ... Senior Morgan Sabia (San Anselmo, Calif./Sir Francis Drake) put together his second-consecutive 23-point effort, matching the career high he set in the Hawks' opener against Central Connecticut ... Hartford held defending Northeast Conference Player of the Year Justin Rutty to 10 points ... the Bobcats played good defense on the final possession, leading by only two, as they forced a contested three at the buzzer from senior Milton Burton (Birmingham, Ala./Fairfield Prep/Panola College) which rattled off the back iron ... Burton nabbed a career-high five steals in the loss to Quinnipiac ... Hartford opened its home schedule with a 71-57 loss to Dartmouth ... Sabia again led the team, this time with 13 points ... Senior Joe Zeglinski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) is the only other Hawk to reach double figures in each of the team's first three games, adding 15 against Quinnipiac and 12 against Dartmouth ... Senior Anthony Minor (Philadelphia, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh) played a career-high 35 minutes against Dartmouth, knocking down seven points, adding three assists, three steals and three rebounds ... The Hawks remain at home for their next game, taking on St. Francis (PA) on Wednesday evening before traveling to Fordham for an afternoon tip on Saturday.
Maine (2-1) defeated UMaine-Machias 95-44 in its home opener Friday ...The Black Bears shot 62.5 percent from the field including 45.5 percent from long range ... Sophomore Murphy Burnatowski (Waterloo, Ontario/National Elite Development Academy) led the way with 17 points on a perfect shooting night, going 7-for-7 ... He had four dunks and three from long range...Sean McNally (Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner) saw his first action of the season and went 6-for-8 from the field en route to 13 points and added three assists and a steal ... Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./Worcester Academy) went 4-of-8 from deep to pour in 13 points and two steals ... Newcomer Raheem Singleton (Boston, Mass./Monroe Community College) dished out a game-high eight assists while freshman Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland/Falkirk Clark Eriksson Fury) added 10 points, four rebounds and three blocks ... McLemore is just 170 points away from 1,000 for his career ... Burnatowski has led the Black Bears in scoring two-straight games ... Maine heads on the road to play its second game against a top-6 conference opponent in three games as the Black Bears take on Notre Dame at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
UMBC (0-3) junior guard Chris De La Rosa (Washington Heights, N.Y./All Hallows/Siena) posted his second career double-double with 30 points and 11 rebounds, but the Retrievers fell to Central Connecticut State, 82-74, at the RAC Arena ... The scoring and rebounding figures for De La Rosa are both career highs ... He has amassed 55 points in two meetings with the Blue Devils... De La Rosa hit 10-of-24 shots from the floor, 2-of-3 from behind the arc and 8-of-11 from the charity stripe ... His 11 rebounds topped his previous career-best by four in 39 minutes of action ... Freshman Chase Plummer (Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick) finished with 14 points vs. Central Connecticut State and became the first freshman in 25 years of UMBC Division I basketball to score in double figures in his first three contests ... He scored 12 of UMBC's first 22 points of the game and led the Retrievers to a 28-17 lead over the Blue Devils ... The eight rebounds vs. CCSU were also a season-best... The Retrievers had built a 28-17 advantage at the exact mid-point of the stanza, but Central would then outscore UMBC, 22-2, and amassed 32 points over the final 9:38 of the half to take command, 48-29, at intermission ... UMBC came within three points at 55-52 with 11:25 remaining, but could not complete the rally ... Grad student guard Travis King (New Haven, Conn./New Hyde Leadership/Geo. Washington ) also scored in double figures for the third consecutive game with 11 points... Central became the second straight team to shoot better than 50 percent from the field vs. UMBC, as they hit 31-of-61 (50.8 percent) ... King smashed his career high in scoring by seven points (22 points), but the
host Loyola Greyhounds hit 29-of-35 free throw attempts and outlasted the Retrievers, 83-72, at
Reitz Arena on Nov. 17 ... The Retrievers open a five-game road swing with games at Coppin State (Nov. 23) and Duquesne (Nov. 27) this week.
New Hampshire (3-0) went 2-0 last week, scoring a 55-53 come-from-behind win at Dartmouth on Nov. 16 and edging Holy Cross, 55-52, at home Nov. 20 ... UNH is 3-0 for the first time since the 1971-72 season and is the lone undefeated team remaining in America East ... the Wildcats erased a 17-point, second-half deficit to vanquish the Big Green ... Trailing 40-23 with 15:11 to play in the second half, the Wildcats locked down the Big Green and ripped off a 20-4 run to whittle the deficit to one with 7:19 remaining ... During the 8:13 span, which included a 7:13 stretch that featured a 14-0 run, the UNH defense forced Dartmouth to shoot 2-for-12 from the floor and forced four turnovers ... It was the team’s largest comeback since Jan. 18, 2007, when it demolished a 15-point deficit at Binghamton to record a 75-72 victory ... the Wildcats recorded their first road win of the year in just their second game of the season and first on the road ... last season, the ‘Cats were not victorious away from Durham until Jan. 21 at UMBC, which was their 17th game overall and 10th on the road ... Senior guard Tyrone Conley (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) recorded 18 points and six rebounds, while senior center Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass./Worcester Academy) posted his ninth career double-double and first of 2010-11 with 13 points and 10 boards ... DiLiegro also converted a put-back with 1.5 seconds left to give the 'Cats the win ... sophomore Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Charter) added 10 points ... Conley knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer against Holy Cross with 33 seconds to go ... he finished with 16 points, four boards, three steals, two assists and two blocks ... DiLiegro narrowly missed his second straight double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds ... Myrick added 14 points and six rebounds.
Stony Brook (3-2) went 2-1 last week, including a win on national television at Monmouth as part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon...The Seawolves won both their road games but then lost at home to Wagner Sunday, ending the team's 10-game winning streak at Pritchard Gymnasium ... Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) knocked down nine three-pointers on the week to get to 179 for his career, tying him with D.J. Munir (2000-04) for third all-time in program history ... Dougher is only 15 away from second place and just 43 from becoming the school's all-time leader ... Stony Brook struggled with shooting all week, but did a great job on the boards, averaging 47 rebounds last week, including a whopping 51 at Fairleigh Dickinson ... The team had 56 offensive rebounds in three games ... Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) was the team's top rebounder of the week, averaging 10.7, including a career-high 13 vs. Wagner ... He now has 10 career double-digit rebound games ... Stony Brook has the holiday week off and will return to action Wednesday, Dec. 1 vs. Lehigh.
Vermont (2-1) split a pair of games in the state of Connecticut last week … The Catamounts led UConn, 36-33, at the half, before falling, 89-73, against the Big East foe … Senior Evan Fjeld (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) and junior Matt Glass (Underhill Center, Vt./Northfield Mt. Hermon/UMass) each recorded career-highs with 26 and 24 points, respectively … Fjeld was 10-for-18 from the floor, while Glass hit his first six three-point attempts … The Catamounts bounced back and earned a 79-75 victory on the road at Quinnipiac on Saturday … The Bobcats were the unanimous pick to win the Northeast Conference according to the league’s preseason poll … Fjeld netted a game-high 23 points, including 21 in the second half, while senior Joey Accaoui (Lincoln, R.I./St. Andrews) added 16 off the bench and Glass chipped in with 11 … Freshman Brian Voelkel (Pleasantville, N.Y./Iona Prep) had another all-around effort with six points, nine rebounds and five assists … Vermont led by as many as 18 in the second half and shot a season-best 54.9 percent from the floor for the game … After playing their first three games on the road, the Catamounts open up a four-game homestand on Wednesday when they host Loyola (Md.) at 7 p.m. … Prior to the game Vermont will hang a banner commemorating its America East Championship and NCAA appearance last season … The Cats will also host NJIT on Saturday at 1 p.m.