CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Twenty-point performances netted Boston University's Darryl Partin and University of Maine's Justin Edwards America East men's basketball weekly honors, the league office announced Monday. Partin, who scored 20-plus points in all three of his games, earned Player of the Week recognition, while Edwards picked up his second straight Rookie of the Week honor.
A senior guard, Partin (Seattle, Wash.) averaged 23 points, five rebounds and two assists against three quality opponents, Cleveland State, Rhode Island and Hofstra in the TicketCity Legends Classic at URI. He started his week by contributing 24 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals and nearly led Boston U. to an upset win over CSU Friday. On Saturday, Partin poured in 20 points to lead the Terriers to their first-win of the season, a 70-64 triumph at Rhode Island. Partin closed his week out by tallying 25 points and five boards in a 68-61 win over Hofstra on Sunday.
For the season, Partin, the league's lone returning first-team all-conference selection from last year, is averaging a conference-best 22.7 points per game. He previously earned Player of the Week accolades on Dec. 27, 2010.
Edwards (Whitby, Ontario) picked up his second straight Rookie of the Week honor by leading Maine to its first-ever win over Holy Cross on Sunday.
The freshman guard scored 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting while adding seven rebounds, six steals, and a block in the Black Bears' 72-60 win over the Crusaders Sunday, its first win in seven all-time series meetings. He has scored 20-plus points in all three of his games as a collegian and leads the league in steals (4.3 spg), is second in scoring (22.0 ppg) and is tied for fifth in rebounding (7.0 rpg).
The Honor Roll
Several other America East players had top performances last week:
• Albany's Gerardo Suero (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) tallied fourth and fifth 20-plus point scoring games of the season this week. He tallied a game-high 21 points in a win over Navy Friday and followed with 23 points in Sunday's win over Fairleigh Dickinson. For the week, he averaged 17.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game
• Binghamton's Ben Dickinson (Alexandria, Va.) continued his strong start against #21 Missouri on Sunday, scoring 11 of his 15 points in the first half and adding seven rebounds.
• Boston University's Patrick Hazel (Jamaica, N.Y.) averaged recorded his first career double-double (11 pts., 10 rebs.) in a win over Hofstra Sunday and averaged 13.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in three games last week.
• Maine's Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif.) scored 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting in his lone game last week to lead the Black Bears to win over Holy Cross
• UMBC's Chase Plummer (Elizabeth, N.J.) scored a career-high 20 points in a loss to Central Conn. State Tuesday. He is averaging 13.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, which ranks 10th and fourth among league leaders, respectively.
• Brian Voelkel (Pleasantville, N.Y.) played a key role in both of Vermont's win last week, averaging 6.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists.
What a Weekend
America East teams went 5-2 on the weekend, including 3-1 on Sunday. Among those victories were wins over Atlantic 10, Colonial Athletic Association and MAAC foes. Boston U. went 2-1 at the Legends Classic subregional at Rhode Island, posting wins over quality programs URI and Hofstra. The Terriers nearly made it three-for-three by handing Cleveland State, which is receiving votes in the AP Poll, but fell in heartbreaking fashion, 63-62. Vermont beat Siena, 64-62, on Matt Glass' tip-in with 1.4 seconds left to win its home opener for the 35th time in the last 42 seasons. Albany and Maine also posted victories on the weekend, downing Fairleigh Dickinson and Holy Cross respectively.
As has been the case so often over the past decade, Vermont is off to a fast start. The Catamounts, have won back-to-back games and four of their last five. During that span, UVM posted one of its most impressive wins in recent memory, winning at Old Dominion, 65-63 in OT on Wednesday. The loss was only the Monarchs' fourth in their last 38 home games. Vermont also beat perennial MAAC contender Siena, 64-62, on Sunday.
Winner of two straight and three of its last four games, Albany sits at 4-3 after posting wins over Navy and Fairleigh Dickinson in its last two games. The Great Danes, who are over .500 through seven games for the first time since the 2008-09 season, are dangerous offensively averaging 70 points per game, which ranks second among league leaders. Albany features the league's top scoring tandem in Gerardo Suero and Logan Aronhalt, who combine for 36.0 ppg.
Jones Collects First Victory
Boston U. won its first game of the season on Saturday, a 70-64 decision over Rhode Island. The win not only snapped the Rams' 32-game home court win streak against non-league opponents but was also the first for Joe Jones as Terrier head coach. Jones, who racked up 87 wins in seven years as Columbia's head coach, picked up his second win at Boston U. on Sunday when his Terriers knocked off Hofstra, 68-61.
Newcomers Continue to Shine
Several newcomers continue to impress early on in the 2011-12 season. Two-time America East Rookie of the Week Justin Edwards has scored 20-plus points in all three of his games as a collegian and leads the league in steals (4.3 spg), is second in scoring (22.0 ppg) and is tied for fifth in rebounding (7.0 rpg). Albany's Gerardo Suero ranks third among league leaders (21.0 ppg) and has five 20-plus point outings already. Binghamton's Ben Dickinson is one of just three players to rank in the conference's top 10 in both scoring (T-7th - 15.0 ppg) and rebounding (10th - 6.2 rpg).
Vermont's Four McGlynn ranks 14th averaging 11.2 points per game.
Home Sweet Home
America East teams are 8-6 at home this season, but have been even better of late combining to go 5-0 last week on their respective home courts. Albany beat Navy and Fairleigh Dickinson to start 2-0 at SEFCU Arena, where it has won five straight and nine of its last 12 games. Vermont won its home opener for the 35th time in the last 42 years on Sunday. UVM is 37-5 in its last 42 home games dating back to the 2007-08 season. Maine and Stony Brook also each won on their home courts last week to improve to 2-0.
Boston U. Raises Banner
Before kicking off its 2011-12 season, Boston University raised its 2010-11 banner to the rafters of Case Gym prior to its opener on Nov. 11 against Northeastern. The Terriers won their sixth America East Championship, the second-most in league history, and first since 2002 last season.
All Nine in Bracketbusters
For the first time in league history, all nine teams will participate in Sears BracketBusters, ESPN’s three-day men’s college basketball event pitting potential NCAA Championship hopefuls against each other. The event, which will feature 13 televised contests on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3, will take place Feb. 17-19 with the matchups being announced Jan. 30. Albany, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont will serve as home teams for the event, while Binghamton, Boston University, Hartford, UMBC and Stony Brook will be on the road. America East teams have appeared on national television as part of the event in five of the last seven years, including Vermont last year.
Albany Great Danes (4-3)
Albany won three of four games last week … the Great Danes moved above the .500 mark after the opening seven games for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign following an 81-62 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 27 ... Blake Metcalf (Camby, Ind./Plainfield) and Jayson Guerrier (Winter Springs, Fla./Oviedo) combined to make all 13 of their field goal attempts … Metcalf finished with a career-high 14 points ... Logan Aronhalt (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) added a career-best five assists and eight rebounds to go with 15 points ... Gerardo Suero (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic/Our Savior New American) netted 20-plus points for the fourth time this season with 23 … Albany and Navy met for the first time in the home opener at SEFCU Arena on Nov. 25 ... the Great Danes, who posted a 69-62 triumph, have won eight of 13 home debuts as a Division I program ... UAlbany made 10 or more 3-point field goals for the 48th time at the Division I level ... Luke Devlin (Sydney, Australia/Newington College) recorded season-highs in points (12) and rebounds (8) … the Great Danes downed Monmouth in the third round of the NIT Season Tip-Off, 85-49, on Nov. 21 as Guerrier struck for 28 points and 10 rebounds … the 36-point win was the second-largest in the program’s Division I history ... Albany defeated Binghamton, 76-37, last year to set the standard ... George Mason upended UAlbany, 66-46, in the NIT’s fourth round the following night … Albany's field goal percentage (.262) was the second-lowest since moving to Division I ... the Great Danes shot 23.6% against Army on Feb. 19, 2000 … freshman Peter Hooley (Hahndorf, South Australia / Concordia College) is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a foot stress fracture.
Binghamton Bearcats (0-5)
Binghamton shot a season-best 50 percent but succumbed to #21 Missouri, 88-59, Sunday at Mizzou Arena. The Bearcats outrebounded the Big 12 member Tigers and shot 59 percent in the first half but were ultimately undone by 11 Missouri three-pointers and 22 turnovers ... Freshman forward Ben Dickinson (Alexandria, Va./Gonzaga) led four players in double figures with 15 points. Dickinson hit 7-of-12 and added a team-high seven rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes ... Junior guard Jimmy Gray (Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton) had his best shooting night of the season, hitting three three-pointers and 5-of-6 en route to 13 points ... Freshman guard Chris Longoria (Peachtree City, Ga./Wheeler) hit a pair of threes and wound up with 12 points and a team-best two steals ... Sophomore guard Robert Mansell (Philadelphia, Pa./Cheltenham) added 11 second-half points ... Forty-four of the team's 59 points were scored by underclassmen ... Missouri outscored Binghamton 35-7 off turnovers... The Bearcats return home for four of their next five games beginning with a Saturday tilt against Army. The game will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sports and will feature two in-game celebrations to honor retiring AD Jim Norris and former baseball player Scott Diamond, the school's first Major League player who finished the 2011 season with the Minnesota Twins.
Boston University Terriers (2-4)
Boston University completed the TicketyCity Legends Classic at the University of Rhode Island with three games over three days ... The Terriers first dropped a tough 63-62 decision to Cleveland State, which entered the contest with the 26th most votes in the latest AP poll ... Boston U. led by four with 13 seconds left, but the Vikings hit a 3-pointer and forced the Terriers into a turnover on the inbounds pass while being fouled with 3.6 seconds left ... CSU hit both free throws for the victory ... Boston U. responded to the loss with a 70-64 victory over Rhode Island, snapping the Rams' 32-game home win streak against non-conference opponents ... The Terriers then finished the weekend with a 68-61 win over Hofstra, scoring 21 of the game's final 28 points ... Senior Darryl Partin (Seattle, Wash./La Salle) led Boston U. during the weekend in scoring, averaging 23.0 ppg along with 5.0 rpg ... Classmate Patrick Hazel (Jamaica, N.Y./Marquette) recorded his first career double-double against the Pride with 11 pts. and 10 rebs. ... He averaged 13.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg and 3.3 bpg over the three days ... Sophomore D.J. Irving was big against the Rams, tallying a game-high 21 pts., eight asts., five rebs. and three stls ... After playing a third straight day for the first time since 1994, the Terriers will next host Delaware on Wed. (7 p.m.) and then visit Boston College on Sat. (2 p.m.) for the first time since 2004 in a game that will air on ESPN3.
Hartford Hawks (0-6)
Hartford is still looking for its first win after dropping two games on the road last week ... The Hawks averaged 62.0 points, 10 points more than their average from the first four games, in losses at Holy Cross and Central Connecticut ... Freshman guard Wes Cole (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) averaged 9.0 points per game to lead Hartford while Andres Torres (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Colegio Adianez) averaged 8.5 ppg on 6-of-13 shooting (46.2-percent) from the field and 3-of-6 from downtown (50.0-percent) ... At Holy Cross on Wednesday, Hartford led early but the Crusaders rattled off an 18-0 run to go ahead for good at 35-19 ... The Hawks trailed by as much as 22 but managed to cut the deficit to 10 with 6:01 to play ... Torres scored 15 points and matched a career high with five steals in the 80-66 setback ... Central Connecticut held the Hawks to just 13 first half points on Saturday but Hartford bounced back for 45 in the second half, marking the most points scored in a half this year ... Nate Sikma (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue) led Hartford for the third time this season scoring 11 points while adding a team-best six rebounds and five assists ... Cole followed suit with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting ... The Hawks return home for the first time in 13 days when they host in-state rival Yale (Nov. 29) before flying south to take on Central Florida (Dec. 2) in Orlando.
Maine Black Bears (2-1)
Maine defeated Holy Cross for the first time in school history, 72-60, on Sunday ... It marked the first time the two schools had played since 1983, and the Crusaders had won the first six games in the series ... Freshman Justin Edwards (Whitby, Ontario/Anderson CVI) scored a game-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go with seven rebounds and six steals ... He has now scored at least 20 points in his first three collegiate contests ... Senior Gerald McLemore (San Diego, Calif./Worcester Academy) added 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting while Alasdair Fraser (Falkirk, Scotland/Falkirk Clark Eriksson Fury) scored 12 points and grabbed four rebounds ... The Black Bears have limited their opponents to under 30 percent shooting from long range in each game thus far ... Maine has also had fewer turnovers than each of its opponents. .. Edwards has led Maine in scoring in every game this season, as well as steals ... McLemore now has 1,238 career points ... Maine returns to action on Wednesday at Eastern Illinois before battling Rhode Island on Sunday.
UMBC Retrievers (0-5)
UMBC sophomore forward Chase Plummer (Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick) set a career-high in scoring with 20 points, but a scrappy Retriever effort came up short, 77-69 to host Central Connecticut State on Nov. 22 ... Plummer led four Retrievers in double figures, as junior guard Brian Neller (Red Bank,N.J./Red Bank) and sophomore guard Quentin Jones (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph) scored 14 points each and freshman forward Chandler Thomas (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 11 ... For the second time in three games, a Retriever foe enjoyed a decided advantage at the free throw line ... UMBC hit five more field goals (29-24) than Central and one more 3-point field goal (7-6), but the Blue Devils were 23-of-30 from the free throw line, while the visitors were just 4-of-10 ... Moreover, for the second consecutive game, UMBC had a lead midway through the second half, but could not finish off the host team ... Two positive signs for the Retrievers are in rebounding and 3-point field goal defense. UMBC is currently +3.4 in rebound margin after postng a -5.1 in 2010-11. Moreover, opponents are shooting only 26.2 percent from behind the arc after blazing the nets at a 38.5 clip last season … The bad news has come at the free throw line for UMBC.Last season, the Retrievers hit 70.7 percent from the charity stripe, and the young squad is below the 60 percent plateau (57.7 percent) through five games to date … In the last three games, UMBC has converted seven more field goals than its foes, but 37 less free throws…Neller has moved into tenth place on UMBC's all-time list with 105 three-point field goals ... UMBC faces its third and fourth consecutive road game when the Retrievers battle Rutgers on Nov. 28 and American on Dec. 1.
New Hampshire Wildcats (1-2)
Following a Thanksgiving break, the Wildcats resume their schedule with a home game against intrastate rival Dartmouth College on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m ... UNH has dropped its last two games, falling to Boston College (Nov. 14) and Loyola (Nov. 20) ... Chandler Rhoads (Berryville, Va./Air Force Prep) led four players in double figures with 14 points, as UNH was defeated by Loyola University (Md.), 66-60, at Lundholm Gymnasium ... Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla./The Rock School; 12), Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass./Boys to Men Academy; 11), and Ferg Myrick (Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Charter; 10) also scored in double-digits for the Wildcats ... Brian Benson (Rochester, N.Y./Greece-Athena) chipped in with six points, nine boards and two blocks ... In the game prior Rhoads matched a career-high with 20 points, and Abreu poured in 15 of his 17 points in the second half, but the 'Cats were edged by Boston College, 67-64, at Conte Forum ... Jordon Bronner (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y./Iona Prep), who played all 40 minutes, tallied 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting, handed out three assists and grabbed five rebounds ... Benson led the 'Cats on the glass, pulling down a game-high 12 boards while also chipping in with six points, three blocks and two steals ... Konan added 10 rebounds and four points.
Stony Brook Seawolves (2-3)
Stony Brook split a pair of games last week to remain unbeaten at home (2-0) and winless on the road (0-3 )... the Seawolves defeated Columbia after outrebounding the Lions, 45-28, and getting to the free throw line 26 times, making 20 of them ... of the 45 rebounds, 21 were on the offensive glass, which led to 17 second chance points ... the Seawolves are averaging 17.2 offensive rebounds and 17.4 second chance points this season so fa r... senior Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) led the Seawolves in scoring last week, averaging 11.5 points ... senior Dallis Joyner was the team's top shooter of the week, going 9-for-16 (.563) from the field ... he was 6-for-8 for 13 points at Northwestern ... sophomore Dave Coley (Brooklyn, N.Y.) set a career high with 12 rebounds at Northwestern ... junior Leonard Hayes (Voorhees, N.J) set a career high in assists with five at Northwestern ... the Seawolves are now outrebounding opponents by a margin of 8.2 for the season after outrebounding Columbia by 17 and Northwestern by 11 ... Stony Brook will go for its first road win of the season Saturday at Eastern Illinois ... it will be the team's third trip to the Midwest Region, all three trips originating with flights from Long Island Islip MacArthur Airport to Midway International Airport.
Vermont Catamounts (4-2)
Vermont went 2-0 last week, defeating a pair of good mid-major programs … The Cats started the week with a 65-63 overtime win at Old Dominion on Wednesday … Old Dominion had won 31 of its last 34 and 47 of its last 53 overall at home prior to Wednesday night … The Cats also outrebounded a Monarch team that led the nation in rebounding margin last season, 48-37 … Sophomore Luke Apfeld (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) led Vermont with 15 points, while classmate Brian Voelkel (Pleasantville, N.Y./Iona Prep) pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds to go with six points, five assists and two big steals late in overtime … UVM limited Old Dominion to shoot only 33.8 percent from the floor … The Catamounts followed that up by topping Siena 64-62 on a buzzer-beater from senior Matt Glass (Underhill Center, Vt./Northfield Mt. Hermon/UMass) on Saturday in the home opener … UVM played its first five games of the year on the road … Glass had a put back, tip-in that just beat the buzzer, as he and junior Ben Crenca (Exeter, R.I./Worcester Academy) each tallied a team-high 13 points … Voelkel had another big game with 14 rebounds, eight assists and seven points … It marked the third game this season that had been decided by two points for Vermont … UVM has won 35 of its last 42 at home … Vermont returns to action this week when it hosts Harvard on Thursday and then travels to face Yale on Saturday.