America East Tournament 2012: Vermont Defeats Stony Brook, Advances To NCAA Tourney

Vermont has won the America East Tournament.

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America East Championship 2012: Vermont Defeats Stony Brook, Earns NCAA Bid

The Vermont Catamounts defeated the Stony Brook Seawolves in the 2012 America East Championship Game on Saturday, earning an automatic bid for the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

Vermont pulled off the slight upset, being the two seed against the one seed, but had already defeated the Seawolves once this season. They were led by Four McGlynn, who poured in a game-high 14 points off the bench, including five three pointers and Brian Voelkel, who grabbed 15 boards, dished out seven assists and scored five points while attempting only one field goal.

The Catamounts held Stony Brook to just 29 percent shooting, while outscoring them by nine from beyond the arch and three from the free throw line.

Vermont will now play in their fifth NCAA Tournament in school history, where they are 1-4 all-time. They will likely be a 16 seed.

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America East Tournament 2012: Semifinal Bracket Update

The America East Conference's men's basketball tournament has reached its semifinal round, and there was a few shake ups along the way. In the first round, the Binghamton Bearcats edged the UMBC Retrievers in overtime, while the No. 3-seeded Boston U. Terriers lost to the Hartford Hawks in the quarterfinals.

Here's a complete look at the American East Tournament bracket and TV schedule:

First Round, Thursday, March 1:

8:15 p.m.: (9) Binghamton Bearcats 73, (8) UMBC Retrievers 67 (OT)

Quarterfinals, Saturday, March 3:

12:05 p.m.: (1) Stony Brook Seawolves 78, Binghamton Bearcats 69

2:15 p.m.: (4) Albany, N.Y. Great Danes 63, (5) New Hampshire Wildcats 45

6:05 p.m.: (2) Vermont Catamounts 50, (7) Maine Black Bears 40

8:15 p.m.: (6) Hartford Hawks 53, (3) Boston U. Terriers 49

Semifinals, Sunday, March 4 (on ESPN3):

5:02 p.m.: (1) Stony Brook Seawolves vs. (4) Albany, N.Y. Great Danes

7:15 p.m.: (2) Vermont Catamounts vs. (6) Hartford Hawks

Championship, Saturday, March 10 (on ESPN2):

11:02 a.m.: (Winners of semifinals games) at lowest remaining seed.

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Boston University Vs. Hartford Final Score: Hawks Freshmen Lead 53-49 Upset Over Terriers

Boston University came in as the reigning champions, with five seniors and the Player of the Year, but none of that was enough to overcome the curse of the (3)-(6) game in the America East Quarterfinals. For the fifth straight season, the sixth seed upset the third seed in America East play, as Hartford freshmen Mark Nwakamma and Nate Sikma led a late Hawks rally over a Terriers team that never hit their stride.

Hartford (9-21) closed the game on a 12-5 run over the final 4:37 with the Terriers (16-16) failing to hit a field goal over the final 6:14 in the Hawks 53-49 victory.

Senior guard Darryl Partin finished with a team-high 17 points, but managed just six points in the second half as he sat for long stretches with foul trouble. Point guard D.J. Irving managed 12 points and five assists but just like Partin, struggled in the second half, as he only managed one point and missed all six of his field goal attempts.

Senior guard Matt Griffin added eight points and five rebounds, while fellow senior captain Patrick Hazel chipped in three points and a team-high seven rebounds. Jeff Pelage and Chris Kurz are the other two Terriers who saw their collegiate careers come to an end Saturday night.

It was two freshmen who led the comeback for second-year head coach John Gallagher, as Sikma finished with a team-high 13 points and Nwakamma added 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. The pair combined to shoot 11-of-20 (55 percent) for the game and ripped down 23 of Hartford's 33 rebounds in the game, as the conference's worst rebounding team all season only lost the battle of the glass by six (39-33).

Hartford's senior leader Andres Torres was the third Hawk to finish in double figures (12 points) as he helped guide Hartford to their second consecutive 6-3 upset.

The Terriers used a 9-0 run late in the first half to grab a 27-21 halftime lead and held a slim advantage throughout the first 18 minutes of the second half. A Partin jumper gave Boston University a 43-38 lead with 6:14 to play, but that would the last field goal the Terriers would make this season and the last points Partin would record.

Yolonzo Moore II promptly drained a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to a single possession but Irving and Hazel both hit 1-of-2 free throws to extend the lead back to four (45-41) with 4:37 to play. That's when Hartford began their run. Sikma knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers in a 32 second span to tie the game with 2:09 to play and Nwakamma would give the Hawks their first second-half lead 28 seconds later. The freshmen slashed to the hoop and finished his layup and then hit a free throw after Morris was called for the foul.

With the Hawks leading 50-49 the Terriers offense completely lost their way. Partin missed a contested deep three and then Hazel turned the ball over while the Hawks only extended their lead to one, as they made one-of-three free throws.

Boston University's last chance was squandered when Partin tried to drive through two Hawks defenders and was stripped by Torres. Torres quickly knocked down two free throws with nine seconds remaining to give Hartford the 53-49 lead and the Terriers final desperation threes fell off the mark.

Hartford will face Vermont, the second-seed, in tomorrow's second semifinal schedule for a 7:30 p.m. tip. The first semifinal pits the top seeded Stony Brook Seawolves against the fourth seed University of Albany.

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Boston University Vs. Hartford Halftime Update: Terriers Backcourt Gives Them 27-21 Lead

America East Player of the Year Darryl Partin and Second Team member D.J. Irving have wowed Terrier fans and opposing teams throughout the regular season. The dynamic backcourt duo did it all for the third seed Boston University in their first half of playoff basketball this season, with all but five of the Terriers points against sixth-seeded Hartford.

Boston University owns a 27-21 halftime lead over the Hawks behind 11 points apiece from Partin and Irving and nine forced turnovers. Irving hit 5-of-10 field goal attempts and added three assists, while Partin connected on 3-of-8 shots but also poured in all five of the Terriers made free throws.

Senior guard Matt Griffin added a 3-pointer for the Terriers and sophomore forward Dom Morris added two points, as Boston University shot 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) from the field just 2-of-7 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc.

Hartford point guard Andres Torres led the host team with seven points and freshmen forward Nate Sikma added six points and four rebounds. Talented freshmen forward Mark Nwakamma pulled down nine rebounds but just two points for the Hawks.

The Terriers used a 9-0 run late in the half to open up their lead and will look to become the fourth higher seed to advance to the America East Men's Basketball Semifinals on Sunday in Hartford.

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America East Tournament 2012: Schedule And Bracket For Saturday

Day two of the 2012 America East Tournament is underway with four games scheduled for Saturday and every team in action.

Two game has already been played, as No. 1 Seed Stony Brook defeated No. 9 Binghamton – who won Thursday's play-in game – by a final score of 78-69.

Number 4 Albany easily overcame No. 5 New Hampshire 63-45 behind 24 points and nine rebounds from Gerardo Suero, the nation's fifth leading scorer.

The remaining Saturday schedule is as follows:

No. 7 Maine vs. No. 2 Vermont at 6:05 EST

No. 6 Hartford vs. No. 3 Boston University at 8:15 EST.

For a full link to the schedule and bracket, click here.

The semi-finals will be played on Sunday, with both games broadcast on ESPN3. Stony Brook will play Albany at 5:02, while the winners of Hartford/Boston U and Maine/Vermont will face off in the other semi-final at 8 p.m.

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Boston University Vs. Hartford: Terriers Look To End Hawks Season For Third Straight Year

Boston University (16-15, 12-4 AE) will have to wait for Saturday evening's nightcap to begin their title defense when they take on the host Hartford Hawks (8-21, 7-9 AE) in the America East Quarterfinals at 8:15 p.m. EDT. The third seeded Terriers will look to become the first repeat winner since Albany accomplished the feat in 2006-07 and the first team outside the top two seeds to win an America East title since Delaware won the North Atlantic Conference Title in 1993.

These two teams met a week ago in Boston, with the Terriers earning a 64-55 victory in the team's regular season finale. America East Player of the Year Darryl Partin led Boston University on Senior Day with 21 points and senior co-captain Matt Griffin added eight points, five rebounds and five assists. Hawks freshmen Yolonzo Moore II led Hartford with 17 points and senior point guard Andre Torres chipped in with 12 points, six assists, four steals and seven turnovers.

The game went down to the final minutes but Hartford's poor execution over the final two minutes allowed the Terriers to escape with a victory. After Hartford used a 13-6 run to cut the Terriers lead to 58-55, Hartford failed to score another point over the final 2:47. Hartford's final six possesions included two missed 3-pointers and four turnovers, as they saw Boston University slowly put the game away.

The Terriers have won four straight against the Hawks and ended Hartford's season on their own home floor in each of the past two seasons. Last year, the Terriers used a 20-of-22 free throw shooting performance to escape Hartford with a 55-49 semifinal victory over the sixth seeded Hawks. Overall, Boston University has won five of seven postseason games against the Hawks.

Keys To The Game:

Hartford: Get The Ball To Mark Nwakamma: The talented Texas forward earned a spot on the All Rookie Team Friday after serving as the second leading scorer for the Hawks at just under 10 points per game in conference. Nwakamma abused the Terriers' bigs Saturday with his arsenal of post moves to the tune of 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting and proved to be the Hawks only effective inside option. If not for constant foul trouble limiting him to 14 minutes, Nwakamma easily could have led the Hawks to victory.

Boston University: Make D.J. Irving The Focal Point: Irving is one of the most talented players in the conference and can easily change games when he has the chance. The team's offense has bogged down too often this season though, taking Irving with it. If first year head coach Joe Jones makes the game plan about Irving and has Irving continually attack the basket, the entire Terriers team will be more dangerous.

Prediction: It's amazing to see how far the Hawks have come this season with so many freshmen playing pivotal roles but they still have a long way to go before they can compete for a championship. Irving and Partin are one of the best one-two duos in the conference and the Hawks certainly don't have enough scoring options to keep up when the Terriers are at their best If Dom Morris and Patrick Hazel can at least match their regular season numbers, the Terriers should be able to pull out a five to seven point win.

Boston University 67, Hartford 61

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America East Primer: Everything You Need To Know About The America East

Technically the America East Conference Tournament has already started, 2-28 Binghamton held off 4-26 the University of Maryland-Baltimore County Thursday in the Play-in Game, but the real fun starts Saturday.

In a one-bid league like the America East, it all comes down to three days in March and almost anything can happen. Over the past decade, six teams have reached the finals when seeded fourth or below and five different teams have taken home the crown over the past five years. The top two seeds have held serve though, as the number one and two seeds have won 18 consecutive tournaments dating back to when the conference was still the North Atlantic Conference.

Boston University will look to become the first team to reach three consecutive championship games since Vermont reached the the title game between 2005-07. The Terriers earned the dreaded three seed in the America East Tournament, as sixth seeds have advanced six out of the past 10 years. They'll be facing an extremely familiar foe in the Hartford Hawks, a team they've defeated in each of the past two seasons in the tournament.

Here's a look at all eight of the surviving teams with SBNation Boston's Predictions at the end.

(1) Stony Brook Seawolves (20-8, 14-2): For the second time in three years, Stony Brook earned the number one seed in the America East standings as they look for their first ever trip to the Big Dance. Former UConn assistant Steve Pikiell has done a fantastic job building the program and should have his best shot this season with one of the most talented teams and best systems in a down year for the conference. The Seawolves are led by America East First Team selections senior point guard Bryan Dougher and junior forward Tommy Brenton. Dougher leads the team with 13.4 points per game and is the all-time leading 3-pointer shooter in program history. Brenton means even more to Stony Brook, as he was named the Defensive Player of the Year and leads the team in rebounding (7.8 rbg), assists (3.28 apg) and steals (42). With a collection of athletic wings and bruiser Dallis Joyner inside, the Seawolves are the best defensive team (59.1 points per game allowed) and the strongest rebounding squad in the conference.

(2) Vermont Catamounts (20-11, 13-3): The Catamounts are the hottest team in the conference after winning 11 of their past 12, with the team's loss against Binghamton hopefully coming as a wake up call. During that span Vermont earned wins over Stony Brook, Boston University and a sweep of fourth seeded Albany and showed that they were legitimate contenders even without last season's star Evan Fjeld. First year head coach John Becker has led a team with no established stars to their second consecutive 13-3 season and a position as one of the favorites in the conference. Despite coming off the bench in all 31 games, freshmen Four McGlynn earned the America East Rookie of the Year and led the Catamounts with 11.9 points per game. Junior guard Matt Glass earned a spot on the First Team by averaging 13.5 points in conference play and do-everything sophomore forward Brian Voelkel led the team in rebounds and assists.

(3) Boston University Terriers (16-15, 12-4): If postseason tournaments were played on paper rather than on the floor, the Terriers would join John Calipari coached teams and the Canadian National Hockey Team as perennial champions. Boston University is led by one of, if not, the most talented backcourt in the America East with Player e of the Year Darryl Partin and Second Team Member D.J. Irving. While Partin is second in the conference with 19.7 points per game, Irving is widely seen as the more talented player. The sophomore point guard has blazing speed and great court vision that helped him become the first Terrier to lead America East in assists (5.4 apg) since 1990. The real question will be how the rest of the team steps up. Forwards Dom Morris and Patrick Hazel both have the potential to put the Terriers over the top and sophomore small forward Travis Robinson can do almost anything on the floor.

(4) Albany Great Danes (18-13, 9-7): Meet the most banged up team in the conference and the squad that is by far the most difficult to put a finger on. Will Brown has put together the conference's best offense (72.8 points per game) behind three of the top nine scorers in the league. Junior college transfer Gerardo Suero is fifth in the nation with a 21.7 points per game average, while juniors Logan Aronhalt and Mike Black both posted more than 13 points per game during the regular season. But with Aronhalt and forward John Puk suffering from injuries that have reduced their minutes and severely limited their effectiveness, the Great Danes have had to get creative. Brown tried to slow down the pace against Vermont without Aronhalt and it nearly worked (50-47 Vermont win) and they may try to do the same against New Hampshire Saturday.

(5) New Hampshire Wildcats (13-15, 7-9): Bill Herrion's squad has consistently been a threat in the America East Tournament and this season they're the dark horse for the lower seed most likely to crash the title game. While New Hampshire has consistently used defense and rebounding to stay competitive, the Wildcats offense has added another dimension since inserting junior guard Ferg Myrick to the starting lineup. Myrick has averaged 12 points and 4.4 rebounds and helped New Hampshire in their 6-2 run to end the regular season. Senior guard Alvin Abreu is one of the best pure scorers in the conference and point guard Chandler Rhoads has stepped up his game immensely as a junior. Add in the conference's best rebounder (Brian Benson) and a prolific 3-point shooter in Patrick Konan and the Wildcats could be prone for a big run.

(6) Hartford Hawks (8-21, 7-9): The host team will look for their second consecutive 6-3 upset Saturday with a completely different team. Outside of speedy point guard Andres Torres and seniors Clayton Brothers and Genesis Maciel, the Hawks main players are all underclassmen who have plenty to prove. Freshmen forward Mark Nwakamma may be the key to defeating the Terriers. The big man averaged 8.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game and proved himself capable of consistently beating the Terriers in the post in the team's regular season finale last Saturday. Nate Sikma (8.6 ppg, 4.3 rbg) and Nwakamma both earned spots on the America East Rookie Team Friday and freshmen Yolonzo Moore II and Wes Cole weren't far behind.

(7) Maine Black Bears (12-16, 6-10): One of the most talented but underachieving teams in New England, the Maine Black Bears sport three of the conference's best players but just six conference wins, with all of them coming against teams in the bottom half of the standings. Freshmen forward Justin Edwards should have been the America East Rookie of the Year but was hurt by his team's poor showing in the standings. The Canadian native averaged 14.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the Black Bears. Senior guard Gerald McLemore, a Second Team Selection, averaged 17 points per game and Scottish import posted 7.8 rebounds per game to go along with 13 points.

(9) Binghamton Bearcats (2-28, 1-15): Mark Macon's squad showed some fight in the team's 73-67 overtime over UMBC Thursday but don't expect their ride to continue much further. Robert Mansell and Ben Dickinson have been the stars of the show for the Bearcats all year long for a team that has been lacking it with Muhamoud Jabbi graduating last May. Mansell has averaged 14 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, while Dickinson earned a spot on the Rookie Team behind his 13 points and 6.1 rebounds.

Saturday March 3rd Quarterfinal Round

(1) Stony Brook Over (9) Binghamton: After beating UMBC in the Play-in Game last season, the Bearcats put up a real fight against (1) Vermont but they won't have Jabbi this time around. Expect Stony Brook to win easily behind their veteran stars and Binghamton's extreme youth.

(2) Vermont Over (7) Maine: I love upsets as much as the next guy, but Vermont beat the Black Bears by double-digits in both contests this year and Maine has lost six of their past seven and their first America East Tournament game six years running.

(3) Boston University Over (6) Hartford: This should be one of the most entertaining games of the weekend with Hartford enjoying the home-court advantage and the support of all the other fan bases. I just think the Terriers non-conference schedule has prepared them enough to overcome the Hawks especially if Hazel is fully healthy.

(5) New Hampshire (4) Albany: If Albany was fully healthy I'd be taking them, but a depleted Great Danes squad will have their hands full against New Hampshire.

Sunday March 4th Semifinals

(1) Stony Brook Over New Hampshire: Stony Brook's deeper bench and ability to score inside will prove to be too much for the red hot Wildcats.

(3) Boston University Over (2) Vermont: Vermont won both games during the regular season but D.J. Irving wasn't himself in the first meeting and the Terriers showed resilience in the second meeting after a terrible first 35 minutes. If Boston University's press can achieve any kind of results and Partin can put together a semi-economical performance, the Terriers will skate by Vermont.

Saturday March 10 Championship Game

(1) Stony Brook Over (3) Boston University: In a rematch of last season's championship game, Stony Brook gets their revenge in front of their home crowd (even if it won't be on campus). The Seawolves length and toughness are two areas this year's version of the Terriers just don't have enough of.

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America East Awards: Darryl Partin Leads Trio Of Terriers Earning Accolades

Senior guard Darryl Partin took home the big award Friday night as a Terrier proved to be Best in Show in the America East for the second straight year. Partin took home the Kevin Roberson Player Of The Year Award and a spot on the America East First Team after leading Boston University with 19.7 points per game and finishing in second in the conference in scoring.

Sophomore point guard D.J. Irving earned a Second Team All-Conference Selection and senior center Patrick Hazel was named to the conference All Defensive Team for the second season in a row.

Partin was one of the most consistent scorers in the nation this season, eclipsing the 20 point mark in 15 of 30 games. The LaSalle transfer's second half heroics against Maine and Albany especially, helped the Terriers earn the third seed in the America East Tournament.

His backcourt mate, Irving, overcame a concussion at the midway point of the season, to earn his second postseason award at Boston University (All Rookie Team). Irving became the first Terrier to lead the conference in assists (5.48) since 1990, while averaging 11.4 points per game.

The third member of the group became the first Boston University player ever to be named to the Defensive Team twice behind his 1.6 blocks per game and 5.3 rebounds per game. After just two seasons on Commonwealth Avenue, Hazel sits in second place all-time on the Terrier blocked shots list with 115 swats.

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