When you add all the records up, the America East is 32-41 on the young season. The only two teams yet to string consecutive wins together this season are UMBC and Binghamton.
Here is a quick breakdown of the numbers that made the past week.
2 – That’s the number of games Stony Brook senior Jameel Warney has registered eight blocks in, in his entire career. On Saturday he swatted away eight Princeton shots in their win and accomplished the feat last year against Loyola (MD). Interestingly enough, he has never had a game with six or seven blocks.
8 – The number of offensive rebounds Maine freshman Devine Eke pulled down in its loss to Army. He had exactly eight offensive rebounds for the season when the Black Bears entered their sixth game.
12 – That’s the number of points per game that Albany freshman Joe Cremo has averaged over the team’s four-game win streak. His contributions have helped while the starting back court has struggled with inconsistency. “He’s given us a major lift and he’s one of those guys that understands his role, but wants more,” head coach Will Brown said. “He just works so darn hard. He can score from all three levels: the three-point line, the mid-range, at the rim he gets to the free throw line, he rebounds. He just gives you everything he has every day.”
14 – Even though the Bearcats lost at Oakland on Monday night, they did sink a season-high 14 three-pointers. Finding the right shooting touch is what has plagued Tommy Dempsey’s turnaround at Binghamton. If they can find similar success in their next few games, it should lead to more wins as they close out the non-conference schedule.
Tweet of the Week: As we are reminded plenty of times, basketball is just a game, but this league has a habit of being united, especially after Stony Brook senior Ray McGrew learned his mother lost her battle with breast cancer.
Quotes of the Week:
“My sister actually called me right before the shoot around. [Pikiell] asked me if I was still able to play the game, but I didn’t want to let the team down…We’d worked hard all week. I didn’t just want to throw it all away and not be able to help my team win. So I played for her.” – Stony Brook senior Ray McGrew after their Saturday victory over Princeton
“They took me out in the first half and [assistant coach Nick Leonardelli] told me, ‘You’re a shooter.’ I’m thankful that he told me that.” – UMass Lowell freshman Isaac White on his game-high 20 point effort in their win over Boston College
“We couldn’t score around the rim, and that really turned us into a one-dimensional team. We struggled to score. They’re big and strong in there, and we just aren’t a real good team right now.” – Vermont head coach John Becker, on his team’s 23 point second half in their loss at Yale
Games to Watch: Tonight Stony Brook at Notre Dame 9 p.m. ESPNU; Vermont at St. Bonventure 7 p.m., Wednesday 12/9 Albany at Marist 7 p.m., Thursday 12/10 Boston University at UMass Lowell 7 p.m., Saturday 12/12 Mount St. Mary’s at UMBC 1 p.m., Holy Cross at Hartford 7 p.m.
Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2015-16 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference among others for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.