UAlbany Men's Basketball Outmuscles Stony Brook 78-65
Men’s Basketball Score: UAlbany 78, Stony Brook 65
Location: Albany, N.Y. – SEFCU Arena
Records: UAlbany (13-5, 1-2 AE), Stony Brook (7-10, 2-1 AE)
Short Story: The UAlbany men’s basketball team used a 34-15 run in the second half to take down rival Stony Brook 78-65 for its first conference victory of the year.
- UAlbany: Travis Charles led all players with 20 points, including 18 in the second half, off 7-for-11 shooting. David Nichols shot 5-for-6 from three, tallying 19 points, six rebounds and three assists.
- Stony Brook: As a team, the Seawolves were 10-for-20 from three, including 7-for-11 in the first half. Jaron Cornish and Tyrell Sturdivant each had 10 points.
- UAlbany outrebounded Stony Brook 37-28, had 38 points in the paint to SBU’s 26 and had a 13-0 advantage on second chance points.
- 14:03-11:40 1st half: After SBU made its first four three-point baskets for a six-point lead, UAlbany responded with an 11-2 run, including five straight field goals, to go ahead 17-14.
- 20:00-12:09 2nd half: Stony Brook started the second half with a layup, then UAlbany answered with a 25-8 run, including 12 points from Travis Charles, for a 19-point advantage at 58-39.
Quote: “This was a much needed win, we played extremely hard and with a sense of urgency. We took it up another level in the second half and executed our scout, and we got ourselves into a flow with good basketball.” – UAlbany head coach Will Brown
Recap: With a 45-point second half, including beginning the period on a 25-10 run, the UAlbany men’s basketball team vanquished rival Stony Brook 78-65 at home on Wednesday night.
Early on, UAlbany went to the paint while Stony Brook found success on three-point shots. UAlbany had a 4-0 advantage off baskets from Greig Stire and Travis Charles, then Stony Brook countered by making its first four three-point field goal attempts for a 12-6 advantage.
After a timeout, UAlbany continued its assault in the paint to reclaim the lead. Including five consecutive field goals, UAlbany put together an 11-2 streak, including five points from Joe Cremo, to go ahead 17-14 with 11:30 left in the 1st.
David Nichols came alive in the minutes following, scoring UAlbany’s next four baskets with the last three coming from downtown. Adding a drawn charge, Nichols’s 11 early points sent UAlbany ahead 28-27 with 4:21 remaining in the period.
A physical end to the first half saw UAlbany finish with five straight points all inside the arc, giving UAlbany a 33-29 halftime advantage.
With Charles back on the floor after early foul trouble, he, Devonte Campbell and Nichols spearheaded a strong shooting start as the Great Danes hit six out of seven field goals, adding intermittent free throws, for an 18-8 beginning through the first two media timeouts to give UAlbany a 51-37 advantage.
UAlbany’s advantage in the paint continued with Charles racking up points against the Stony Brook zone. A 7-0 run, begun by four Charles points and finished by a Cremo three, added to UAlbany’s lead. Later, exchange of threes and a pair of Alex Foster free throws made it 67-45 with 6:32 left to play.
Stony Brook started its full court press and scored a pair of baskets to pull within 17 with five minutes to play. UAlbany held its advantage despite a late 8-0 run by Stony Brook, with Matt Conway scoring late for UAlbany. The Great Danes took the victory 78-65.
UAlbany’s next two games are on the road, beginning with a trip north to Maine on Saturday, January 13th at noon.