Category Archives: America East

RECAP: Saint Peter’s pick up first post-season win since 1980 with 59-55 victory at Albany

Trevis Wyche (11 points) helped to lead the Saint Peter’s Peacocks to their first post-season win since 1980 on Thursday night. (Source: Hudson Reporter) (Header: Saint Peter’s Athletics)

ALBANY, N.Y. — The last time the Saint Peter’s Peacocks won a post-season game was back in 1980.

Back then, Post-It Notes were just hitting the market, John Lennon was shot outside of his apartment, and millions of people tuned in to find out who killed J.R. Ewing on the hit TV show ‘Dallas’.

Many things have changed, and while Post-It Notes continue to be made and sold, the Peacocks haven’t won a post-season game since the 1980 NIT. After accepting an invite to the 2017 CIT, they were hoping to put an end to their lengthy drought.

In order to reverse their fortunes, the Peacocks would have to do so on the road against the Albany Great Danes.

Albany, who fell in the America East final to the Vermont Catamounts, were looking to give their home fans at least one more victory to cheer about. After the first half, the Great Danes held a one point lead.

The second half was a different story. Albany stretched their lead to as many as nine points early on, but the Peacocks were determined to end their drought in the post-season.

With 3:38 to play in the game, Quadir Welton got a layup to drop, giving the Peacocks a slim one-point lead, at 53-52.

Saint Peter’s would hold onto the lead the rest of the way, coming away with a hard-fought 59-55 victory over Albany.  Continue reading RECAP: Saint Peter’s pick up first post-season win since 1980 with 59-55 victory at Albany

RECAP: UMBC notches first post-season win with 88-83 victory over Fairfield

Jairus Lyles and the UMBC Retrievers notched the program’s first-ever win in the post-season on Wednesday night against Fairfield.

BALTIMORE, Md. — Fans of the UMBC Retrievers have been waiting a long time for this night.

Entering their first round game against the Fairfield Stags in the 2017 CIT, the Retrievers had yet to win a Division I post-season game in their history. They made it to the NCAA Tournament back in 2008, but fell in the opening round to the Georgetown Hoyas.

Playing on their home court on Wednesday gave the Retrievers an extra boost of confidence. They were 10-4 inside RAC Arena during the regular season, and the Retrievers were looking for their 19th win of the season overall.

At the break, the Retrievers held a five-point lead, and looked to be well on their way to a victory. Fairfield came out on fire in the second half, eliminating the Retrievers’ lead before the first media timeout.

The second half saw both teams go on lengthy runs to take leads of their own. In the end, the Retrievers got the last laugh. An 11-2 run pushed the home side ahead for good, and they came away with the 88-83 win over Fairfield to advance to the second round of the 2017 CIT. Continue reading RECAP: UMBC notches first post-season win with 88-83 victory over Fairfield

4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.
Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss (5), and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top seed in our 351 team ultimate bracket.

Every year, teams see their dreams of making the NCAA Tournament come true, while others accept bids into other post-season tournaments.

Last season, 68 teams made the NCAA Tournament, 32 made the NIT, 16 made the College Basketball Invitational, 32 made the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament, and 8 teams took part in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament. If the math is correct, that leaves 195 teams without a spot in post-season play.

Some teams aren’t even eligible for post-season play due to off-court issues, whether it’s due to low APR scorers or self-imposed bans.

That’s where we come in. We don’t discriminate, and even teams who aren’t eligible in the real world are welcome in our eyes. Living up to the Canadian stereotype of always being nice, we have included all 351 teams into one hypothetical post-season tournament.

For the fourth year in a row, the College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket is back to give a look at what it would be like if every single team in the country took part in the same post-season tournament. Continue reading 4th Annual College Court Report 351-Team Ultimate Bracket

College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Jaleen Smith, New Hampshire Wildcats

Jaleen Smith averaged a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds per game last week over a pair of wins for New Hampshire.
Jaleen Smith averaged a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds per game last week over a pair of wins for New Hampshire.

CALGARY, Alta. — While the Vermont Catamounts look to be the clear favourite to win the America East title, there are several teams who they should be worried about as the conference tournament approaches.

One of those teams possesses one of the stronger guard-forward tandems in the conference, if not the NCAA as a whole.

The New Hampshire Wildcats boast junior forward Tanner Leissner inside, and senior scoring guard Jaleen Smith on the outside. The two have combined to average more than 32 points and 14 rebounds per contest this year, and they have helped to lead the Wildcats to a 17-11 record overall.

This past week, Smith put all of his talents on display in a pair of wins for New Hampshire. He can impact the game on so many levels, and that was prevalent over the past seven days.

After his impressive week, fans showed their support for the native of Freeport, Texas. Jaleen Smith has been selected by the fans as the College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week for the week of February 13 – 19, 2017!
Continue reading College Court Report Fan-Voted Player of the Week: Jaleen Smith, New Hampshire Wildcats

RECAP: Ross’ game-high 28 points lead Hartford to road win over UMBC

Jalen Ross scored a game-high 28 points, leading Hartford to the 84-77 win on the road over UMBC.
Jalen Ross scored a game-high 28 points, leading Hartford to the 84-77 win on the road over UMBC.

BALTIMORE, Md. — Back on January 11th, the Hartford Hawks and the UMBC Retrievers squared off on the Hawks’ home floor. The result was an 84-68 decision for the visiting Retrievers.

Since then, the teams have gone in separate directions.

Coming into Thursday night’s tilt, the Hawks were riding a six-game losing streak, and had lost 11 of their last 12 games overall. Sitting at 1-9 overall in America East play, things weren’t about to get any easier for the Hawks with a visit to Baltimore.

On the flip side, the Retrievers came into Thursday night looking like a legitimate threat to the Vermont Catamounts and their chances at the America East title. Boasting Jairus Lyles, who is a front-runner for conference Player of the Year award, UMBC was looking for another win to keep pace atop the standings.

The tides would shift on Thursday, even if it was only for one night.

Jalen Ross scored a game-high 28 points for the Hawks, and Hartford overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half to hold down home court.

Hartford earned a split in the series with an 84-77 win over the Retrievers. Continue reading RECAP: Ross’ game-high 28 points lead Hartford to road win over UMBC

College Court Report Player of the Week: Jahad Thomas, UMass-Lowell River Hawks

Jahad Thomas recorded the first triple-double in program history on Saturday in the River Hawks' 71-55 win over Hartford.
Jahad Thomas recorded the first triple-double in program history on Saturday in the River Hawks’ 71-55 win over Hartford.

Recording a triple-double at any level is an impressive feat, unless your name is Russell Westbrook, where it’s becoming more of a feat when he doesn’t record a triple-double in a game.

When you record the  first triple-double in program history, it becomes even more special. For guard Jahad Thomas, that’s exactly what he did on Saturday afternoon for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks against the Hartford Hawks.

It was the culmination of another strong week for the native of Williamsport, PA. Over his career with the River Hawks, Thomas has regularly stuffed box score, and the 2016-17 season is no different. He has been on quite the roll on an individual level since the start of the season, and has the River Hawks near the top of the America East standings after their first four conference games.

For his efforts this past week, a stretch of two games where he averaged a double-double and etched his name into the history books twice, junior guard Jahad Thomas has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for the week of January 9 – 15, 2017! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Jahad Thomas, UMass-Lowell River Hawks