Unlike their America East counterpart, Albany, Vermont and Hartford came up short against Ivy League opponents while Stony Brook took undefeated Princeton for a ride on their home court giving them their first loss of the season.
Yale Bulldogs, Vermont Catamounts 72-54
The Vermont Catamounts took on the Yale Bulldogs in one of two Ivy league home games of the bunch. Unlike their game against Albany, Justin Sears was back in the lineup and caused a huge difference in the way they played and how cohesive they became.
In the first half the Catamounts were able to keep up with the Bulldogs, with a more shot-for-shot game, once Vermont got things going. The Bulldogs went on a 10-2 run to open the game, giving them their biggest lead of the night, until the second half. UVM's Dre Wills was back on the court after having sat out with an injury the past few weeks, and scored their first two points of the night. Cam Ward was the star of the night, ending with 20 points, with 16 of the Catamount's 31 points in the first half.
The Bulldogs regrouped during halftime and it was all over for Vermont. As the score difference grew larger, the atmosphere in Whitney Payne Gym grew in favor of the home team. Vermont ended up losing the match up 54-72.
The University of Hartford Hawks took on the Dartmouth Big Green up in New Hampshire, coming in with a 10-6 advantage, having won their last two match ups. But the Big Green weren't going to let them have a shot at a third win in a row. Having taken Vermont down to the wire in their previous game, but losing 63-68, they were going to be a challenge for this Hartford squad.
Still getting used to an ever changing line up due to injuries, they played a pretty tough game. Cleveland "Pancake" Thomas was back on the court after nursing a bone bruise in his knee the past few weeks and brought in a team high of 21 points. Ever consistent freshman, George Blagojevic, brought in 12 and "game changer" Evan Cooper, as Head Coach John Gallager likes to call him, brought in a season high of 14 points.
The Hawks had a good battle with the Big Green, but fouls and a dismal 20 for 58 shooting kept them from taking and running with the lead. Though they did hit 12 of their 38 three point attempts and 13 of their 18 free throws.
The Stony Brook Seawolves had the honors of knocking down undefeated Princeton on their home court.
It may not be a surprise to anyone familiar with Stony Brook basketball, but they took the lead from the beginning and never let it go. A completely different story than the others. Jameel Warney once again proved his basketball prowess with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 8 blocks and 5 assists. His ability to create shots on offense and stops on defense have made him an America East power not to be reckoned with.
Three other Seawolves finished in double digits, Rayshaun McGrew (18), Roland Nayama (15), and Bryan Sekunda (12). Not only has Stony Brook managed a starting line up worth of double digit players, their shooting in general is more precise. With Warney able to penetrate the inside, and also shooting 63.6 percent from beyond the arc, they're proving that not only are they a solidly balanced team, but one that is clearly going to do great things this season.
Stony Brook and Vermont head back to the court on Tuesday where the Catamounts have a home court date with St. Bonaventure and the Seawolves test their talents against Notre Dame. Hartford heads back to their home court on Wednesday for a Nutmeg state battle against Quinnipiac