America East Conference Tournament Recaps

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Albany, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Voelkel recorded a triple-double with 10 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists, as the top-seeded Vermont Catamounts claimed a 77-60 win over the No. 8 seed New Hampshire Wildcats in the quarterfinals of the America East Conference Tournament at SEFCU Arena.

Clancy Rugg and Candon Rusin chipped in with 15 points apiece, while Sandro Carissimo and Luke Apfeld both scored 12 for the Catamounts (22-9). Vermont will play No. 4 seed Albany in Sunday's semifinal round.

Patrick Konan led all scorers with 19 points off the bench for the Wildcats (6-24). Jordon Bronner was next in line with 14 points, followed by Daniel Dion with 10.

UNH had the hot hand early on and led by as many as eight with just under eight minutes remaining in the first half. However, Vermont closed out the period with an 18-2 run to take a 35-27 lead into the break.

The Catamounts kept the pressure on in the second stanza as they shot a healthy 57 percent from the floor over the final 20 minutes to keep UNH at arm's length.

Vermont dominated the paint all game long to the tune of a 40-19 rebounding advantage over the Wildcats.

Final Score: Albany 86, UMBC 56

Albany, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Peter Hooley knocked down 5-of-6 shots from beyond the arc en route to a career-high 30 points as the fourth-seeded Albany Great Danes completed an 86-56 rout of the UMBC Retrievers in the quarterfinals of the American East Conference Tournament at SEFCU Arena.

Sam Rowley hit on 6-of-7 field goal attempts to chip in 15 points for Albany (15-15), which will advance to take on the No. 1 seed Vermont on Sunday. John Puk and Anders Haas contributed 11 points each, while D.J. Evans netted 10 points. Luke Devlin led the Great Danes on the glass with seven boards.

For the Retrievers (9-21), Rodney Elliot and Quentin Jones finished with 18 points apiece. Will Darley added eight points, seven rebounds and four assists.

The Great Danes knocked down 57.7 percent of their field goal attempts and converted all four of their shots at the free-throw line in the opening period. UMBC went into the intermission facing a 38-17 deficit after it was limited to 25 percent efficiency from the floor, including a 2-of-11 clip from 3-point range in the first half.

Albany extended its advantage after the break by connecting on 7-of-12 tries from beyond the arc. The Retrivers heated up to sink 56 percent of their shots from the floor in the second stanza, but it was too little too late.

The Great Danes outscored UMBC, 40-18, in the paint and enjoyed a 36-28 edge in the rebounding battle.

Final Score: Stony Brook 80, Maine 54

Albany, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Jameel Warney netted 15 points as the Stony Brook Seawolves ran over the Maine Black Bears 80-54 in the opening round of the America East Tournament at SEFCU Arena.

Carson Puriefoy chipped in 14 points and Dave Coley had 13 for the second- seeded Seawolves (22-9), who will face the winner of the Binghamton/Hartford first round matchup in the semifinals.

Xavier Pollard had 11 points for Maine (6-23) and Troy Knight-Reid tallied 10.

Stony Brook was in control from the beginning, rolling into halftime leading 49-25. The Seawolves sank 48.5 percent from the floor in the opening half and limited the Black Bears to seven total field goals.

After the break Stony Brook cooled to 36.7 percent shooting, but Maine could not capitalize, sinking just 35.7 percent itself.

Stony Brook outscored its opposition 26-8 off of turnovers and 36-18 in the paint.

Final Score: Hartford 69, Binghamton 42

Guilderland, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Nwakamma and Taylor Dyson each scored 19 points to lead the third-seeded Hartford Hawks past the sixth-seeded Binghamton Bearcats, 69-42, in the quarterfinal round of the America East Tournament at SEFCU Arena.

Nwakamma recorded six blocked shots and five rebounds for Hartford (17-15), which will advance to play second-seeded Stony Brook on Sunday in the semifinal round of the conference tournament. Evan Cooper chipped in 12 points off the bench for the Hawks in the win.

Yosef Yacob tallied 10 points to lead Binghamton (7-23), while Jordan Reed grabbed a team-high five rebounds and recorded two steals. The Bearcats shot a dismal 28.6 percent from the floor in the loss.

Hartford came out firing in the first half, knocking down 54.5 percent of its shots from the floor, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range. The Hawks took a 31-20 lead into the intermission after Binghamton connected on 29.2 percent of its field goal attempts, including 3-of-12 from deep.

The Hawks just barely dipped down in the second half with a 50 percent shooting performance, although they made just 3-of-11 from 3-point distance. Hartford did add 11-of-17 from the free-throw line in the period. The Bearcats dropped their accuracy down to 28 percent in the half, and fell behind Hartford's lead by an additional 16 points.

The Hawks owned 26-10 edges in both points in the paint and points off turnovers, and held a 16-6 advantage in bench scoring.

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