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UAlbany Men's Basketball Ends Non-League Play vs. Kent State

UAlbany Sports Information   12-25-2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – With the holiday break concluded, the UAlbany men’s basketball team comes back to the SEFCU Arena to host Kent State on Thursday, December 28th to conclude non-conference play.

The game will be broadcast online on AE on ESPN3, with Rodger Wyland on the call.  Brian Mariano will be on the radio call on 104.5 the Team.

For ticket information for UAlbany basketball games, fans may contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.

Each team is playing in its final non-league game before the start of conference play in January.  UAlbany begins America East play on January 3rd vs. Hartford.

America East representative UAlbany last played on December 20th, a narrow 70-68 defeat at ACC foe Louisville for the Gotham Classic, to enter this game at 11-3.  Kent State, the defending Mid-American Conference Tournament champion, picked up a 79-78 home victory over Oregon State on December 21st for a 6-6 overall record.

This is the first-ever meeting between UAlbany and Kent State.  Kent State is coached by Rob Senderoff, who graduated from UAlbany in 1995.

UAlbany’s last game against a Mid-American Conference opponent was in the College Basketball Invitational on March 16, 2016, a 94-90 overtime defeat at Ohio.  Kent State’s last game against a member of the America East was on December 30, 2006, a 74-47 home win over New Hampshire.

KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS): 
--Defend Home Court: UAlbany is a perfect 7-0 at home, Kent State is 1-2 in true road games.
--Back to Work: Each team is playing for the first time in at least seven days.
--Win in the Paint: Both teams rank top-4 in their league in 3FG defense, UAlbany is 34.9%, Kent State 32.5%.

PROMOTIONS:
--Alumni Night: Register with the UAlbany Alumni Association for $5 tickets for the game.
--Stuyvesant Plaza $5 Vouchers: Visit stores in the Stuyvesant Plaza for $5 game vouchers for all games during the winter break.

HOT SHOOTING TEAM: Through 14 games in the season, UAlbany stands with the third highest scoring offense in the America East, earning 78.1 points per game, including six 80+ point games, with a 47.3% field goal rate, second in the league.

Currently, Joe Cremo (17.8 ppg), David Nichols (15.6 ppg) and Travis Charles (14.7 ppg) are all in the top-10 in the America East in scoring.

NICHOLS NAMED TO LOU HENSON AWARD WATCH LIST: UAlbany junior guard David Nichols has been named to the 2017-18 Lou Henson Award Preseason Watch List.  The Lou Henson Award is given each year to the top Division I mid-major player.

BOX OUT!: Through 14 games, UAlbany has outrebounded its opponents in all contests, standing with the best rebounding margin in the America East at +9.9, and 10th in all of Division I.  UAlbany and Auburn are the only teams to outrebound their opponents in all games to begin the year.  Second in the league is New Hampshire at +8.7.  Greig Stire (8.1) and Travis Charles (5.6) stand in the top-11 in the America East in rebounding.

THE WALKING BUCKET: Nicknamed the “Walking Bucket” by head coach Will Brown after the win over Colgate, Travis Charles has earned double digit points in 12 of 14 games this season, averaging 14.7 points per contest and shooting 60.0% from the field.  He is also averaging 5.6 boards a contest.

UALBANY PLAYERS IN THE RECORD BOOK: A couple of UAlbany players are approaching adding their names to the UAlbany record book.

Alex Foster added his name on December 20th, tying a UAlbany single game record 15 rebounds at Louisville.  Greig Stire earlier had 15 rebounds in a January 28th, 2017 win at Hartford.

Joe Cremo stands with 1,147 career points.  He is 267 points away from being in the top-10 in UAlbany history, and currently is 8th in the program’s DI history in points.  He is also first in career free throw % at 87%.

Travis Charles has a chance to set a career record.  He currently stands with a 60.5% field goal rate; the UAlbany record is 56.6% by Dick Crossett from 1962-65.

SCOUTING KENT STATE: Kent State was predicted to finish second in the MAC this season.  The team’s leading scorer is junior guard Jaylin Walker, a preseason All-MAC player, averaging 17.3 points per game.  Classmate Jalen Avery is the only player to start all 12 games, getting 10.8 points and 4.3 assists a contest while fellow junior Adonis De La Rosa, at 7-foot-0, shoots 60.8% for 10.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per games.

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