UAlbany Men's Basketball Begins Three-Game Road Trip at Hartford
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The UAlbany men’s basketball team will play its next three conference games on the road, starting with a rematch at Hartford on Sunday, February 11th at 2 p.m.
The game will be broadcast online on AE on ESPN3 and will be on the radio on 104.5 the Team.
UAlbany has five America East regular season games left, with the remaining three road contests coming in a row starting on Sunday. The Great Danes will finish America East play with two games at home.
UAlbany fell in a thriller at home to Vermont 72-67 on Thursday to snap a two-game win streak. The Great Danes are tied for fourth place in the America East at 6-5, standing 18-8 overall. Hartford, coming off a bye on Wednesday after a 73-64 road win over Stony Brook on Saturday, has won three straight and has third place in the league at 7-3 and 14-10 overall.
The two met in the America East opener on January 3rd, with Hartford winning 72-64. UAlbany has won 12 of the last 15 meetings against the Hawks and leads the all-time series 22-13.
KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS):
--Box Out: Hartford outrebounded UAlbany 30-28 last game.
--Go David Go: David Nichols has scored double digit points his last six games.
--Early Start: UAlbany allowed 41 first half points to Hartford on 1/3, the highest amount this year.
JUNIOR DUO JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB: With a 30-point performance vs. Holy Cross on November 25th, Joe Cremo surpassed the career 1,000-point mark. Cremo now stands with 1,349 career points, having averaged 14.3 points per game in his career.
David Nichols joined the 1,000-point club on January 24th with 11 points at Vermont. His 1,051 career points includes 625 in the 2016-17 year, the second-highest single season in UAlbany history.
Along with Cremo and Nichols, 11 UAlbany players have scored over 1,000 points in the DI era.
BOX OUT!: Through 26 games, UAlbany has outrebounded its opponents in 20 contests, standing with the second-best rebounding margin in the America East at +6.4, and 24th in all of Division I. First in the league is New Hampshire at +7.6. Greig Stire (8.1), Travis Charles (5.3) and Alex Foster (4.6) stand in the top-17 in the America East in rebounding.
SEVEN WINNING LEAGUE SEASONS IN A ROW: UAlbany has earned a winning record in America East play each of the past seven seasons starting in the 2010-11 year, including a combined 28-4 tally from 2015-16. UAlbany has earned 10 winning seasons in America East play in the last 12 years under Will Brown.
STREAKS: Greig Stire has earned at least one board in each of the past 97 games, including a single game record 15 rebounds at Hartford on January 22nd, 2017.
Joe Cremo has scored points in each of his last 92 games going back to Nov. 19, 2015, but lost a 52-game assist streak on January 24, 2018. David Nichols, scoring in each game all of 2016-17, is on a 63-game scoring streak. Stire has scored in 51 consecutive games while Travis Charles has a 46-game scoring streak.
UALBANY PLAYERS IN THE RECORD BOOK: A couple of UAlbany players are approaching adding their names to the UAlbany record book.
Joe Cremo stands with 1,349 career points. He is 88 points away from being in the top-10 in UAlbany history, and currently is 5th in the program’s DI history in points. He is also first in career free throw % at 85.3%.
Travis Charles has a chance to set a career record. He currently stands with a 58.3% field goal rate; the UAlbany record is 56.6% by Dick Crossett from 1962-65.
SCOUTING HARTFORD: Hartford is second in the America East with 8.8 three-point field goals made per game and a 46.4% field goal rate. Two players average at least 15 points a game: junior forward John Carroll leads the team with 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while junior guard Jason Dunne shoots 36.8% from the perimeter for 15 points a contest.