Fraser’s muscle not enough as Maine falls to Quinnipiac, 75-67

One man cannot box out five opponents at once, but Alasdair Fraser certainly tried.

Maine’s mammoth freshman power forward routinely occupied the bodies of multiple Quinnipiac players while shots made their way toward the hoop. Swarms of opposing players descended on the hoop and prevented Fraser from securing many rebounds himself (4) or giving the Black Bears the rebounding edge (offensive rebounds were 19-9 in favor of Quinnipiac), but the effects were noticeable.

In a game Maine (3-2) would eventually lose, 75-67, Fraser was the best player on the court. With Fraser’s help, Maine managed to keep Northeast Conference Preseason Player of the Year Justin Rutty in check. Rutty had 12 points and eight rebounds but required 15 shots to amass his total and never took over the game. Continue reading “Fraser’s muscle not enough as Maine falls to Quinnipiac, 75-67”

Week in review: Nov. 22 – Nov. 28

Thanksgiving week has come and gone. For some AE teams, the past week was quite generous indeed. Other teams were caught asleep at the dinner table, and the results were uninspiring. Don’t blame the tryptophan.

Let’s get to it.

Albany Great Danes (3-5)
Last week: Lost vs. Iona, 86-65, on Tuesday; Lost at Detroit, 84-82 (2OT), on Friday (Legends Classic); Won vs. Niagara, 75-65, on Saturday (Legends Classic, Detroit); Won vs. Bowling Green, 56-55, on Sunday (Legends Classic, Detroit)
This week: Saturday at Siena

There’s something to be said for a deep bench. Nine Great Danes are averaging at least 12 minutes per contest, and that functional depth paid dividends at the Legends Classic. Albany played three games in as many days. The first was a heartbreaking double-OT loss to host Detroit, but the Danes recovered immediately with a victory over Niagara and then managed to survive a nail-biter against Bowling Green. Logan Aronhalt has fueled the Scoobies’ O – he scored 91 points in total last week and has at least 18 in each of his last five games after starting the season with three relatively inefficient performances. Continue reading “Week in review: Nov. 22 – Nov. 28”

Live blog: University of Maine vs. Quinnipiac University

Quick note

In case you didn’t notice, there wasn’t much content for last week. I was on vacation and Sam had some unexpected obligations that hindered our coverage. However, now that I’m back and Sam is free once more, prepare for a deluge of content!

OK, maybe not a deluge. That’s an exaggeration. But there will be stories. And live blogging. And other things we hope you, dear reader, will enjoy. So stick around, peoples!

Week in Review: Nov 15-21

The first full week of America East hoops has come to an end. So what did we learn? That the league is still far more of question marks than answers. Can New Hampshire and Stony Brook overcome key injuries on top of inexperience? Is Binghamton going to be the train wreck on the court this season that was predicted last season? Will UMBC be less dreadful than last year? Will this be the year that Albany turns things around? Can Maine make the move from surprising upstart to true contender? Is Hartford going to turn it around? We still don’t know – only time will tell. However, what we do know is that Boston University and Vermont look legit, and Maine could join them in the “contender” bracket. Without further ado, here’s a look back at the previous week in America East hoops.

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Liveblog: New Hampshire vs Holy Cross

The smallest dog, with the largest fight

Picture yourself wandering through the empty hallways of the Walter Brown athletic complex on one of Boston’s hot, sticky, sweltering summer nights. Through the stale, molasses thick air that hung in the dark corridors of the old building, you’d hear the sound of leather smacking against hardwood and the squeak of sneakers against floorboard.

The sounds of Matt Griffin.

Griffin was there, practicing in the empty and dimly-lit gym in a darkened building, breathing the stale, humid, heavy air. He set the tone for the Boston University Terriers. He laid the foundation for Boston University head coach Patrick Chambers to build his program.

“Nobody works harder than Matt Griffin,” is a quote that Chambers has uttered more times than he can count, and if you spend any time around the Terriers, you quickly learn it first-hand. Continue reading “The smallest dog, with the largest fight”

With key pieces wounded, Pikiell tries to mix and match

Stony Brook is finding ways to win. That doesn’t mean Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell has to be happy with his team’s performance so far.

After a nail-biter on Tuesday morning – Stony Brook edged the Monmouth University Hawks by the uncomfortably close score of 51-49 – Pikiell talked to One-Bid Wonders about the state of the Seawolves. While there is certainly plenty for America East’s Long Island representative to work on, Pikiell is convinced his team is headed in the right direction despite some underwhelming results to date.

“We’re finding ourselves. I think at the end of the year we’re going to be a good team,” stated the Stony Brook coach, before adding, “but I don’t know if we’re a good team today.” Continue reading “With key pieces wounded, Pikiell tries to mix and match”