UAlbany climbs to 3-0 with victory over Yale
Score: UAlbany 80, Yale 72
Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (3-0); Yale (1-3)
Short story: The University at Albany men’s basketball team saw four players score in double-figures on its way to an 80-72 victory over Yale on Friday.
- Four Great Danes were in double-figures: Joe Cremo (20 points), Travis Charles (19), Devonte Campbell (11) and Greig Stire (11).
- UAlbany shot 54.2 percent from the field, including 55.6 percent in the second half, when it led by as many as 16 points.
- After shooting only two free throws in the first half, the Great Danes shot 17 in the second, making 12.
- UAlbany trailed by three midway through the first half when it made four consecutive baskets for an 8-0 run and a 24-19 lead.
- Joe Cremo’s 3 from the corner with 12:39 to play in the second half gave UAlbany a 54-45 lead, its largest of the game to that point.
- Costa Anderson finished another 8-0 run with a 3-pointer with 7:40 to play, putting the Great Danes ahead 64-49.
- Travis Charles’ two free throws with 10 seconds left secured the win.
Head Coach Will Brown: “A tale of two halves – same thing at BU last Monday. This team can score from every position on the floor, and each night it could be a different guy. For us, what we have to do is defend and rebound, and we cannot turn the ball over. Our guys did a good job against a good team that is well coached, and it is nice to be 3-0.”
Joe Cremo: “I am still getting the same looks. Maybe I’m more aggressive in the paint now. My teammates keep giving me good looks, and my confidence is still high. I just have to knock them down, and tonight I did.”
The University at Albany men’s basketball team won its third straight game to start the season, beating Yale, 80-72, on Friday night at SEFCU Arena.
Joe Cremo (20 points), Travis Charles (19), Devonte Campbell (11) and Greig Stire (11) all scored in double-figures for the Great Danes (3-0), who led by as many as 16 points in the second half against the team picked to finish second in the Ivy League.
Charles made 8-of-9 shots from the field on an evening when the Great Danes shot 54.2 percent as a team. He added six rebounds, too, helping UAlbany win the battle on the boards, 40-30.
Cremo, meanwhile, was the early catalyst for UAlbany, scoring its first seven points.
But the Great Danes trailed 39-36 at halftime even after Campbell made a jumper in the paint with 12 seconds to play before the intermission.
UAlbany surged in the second half, beginning to pull away with about 13 minutes left after Cremo’s 3-pointer from in front of the Great Danes bench pushed their advantage to nine, 54-45.
The lead reached 16 points six minutes later on a layup by Charles.
Yale (1-3), coached by UAlbany alum James Jones (1986), got within four points with 2:07 left after a tip-in by Trey Phills. But six UAlbany free throws down the stretch helped seal the victory.
The Great Danes are home again Monday to face SUNY Oneonta. Tip-off is at 7 p.m. at SEFCU Arena.