UAlbany Men's Basketball Win Streak Ends at Six in 81-73 Defeat at Monmouth
Men’s Basketball Score: Monmouth 81, UAlbany 73
Location: West Long Branch, N.J. – OceanFirst Bank Center
Records: UAlbany (6-1), Monmouth (3-4)
Short Story: The UAlbany men’s basketball team had its six-game winning streak snapped in an 81-73 road loss at Monmouth on Monday night, its third road game in six days.
- UAlbany: Two UAlbany players nearly had double-doubles. Travis Charles had 18 points and nine rebounds plus a block while Joe Cremo finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and two assists.
- Monmouth: Ray Salnave led the Hawks in scoring with 18 points, adding three steals. Zac Tillman notched 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
- UAlbany outrebounded Monmouth 41-29, but was edged on the perimeter; Monmouth hit eight three-point field goals to UAlbany’s three.
- UAlbany’s six-game winning streak was the best start in the program’s Division I history.
- 10:28-9:23 1st half: After UAlbany calls a timeout down six, the Great Danes go on a 9-0 run, including a five-point play off a made three by Joe Cremo and resulting free throws by Travis Charles off a foul underneath, pushing UAlbany up 22-19.
- 6:50-3:51 1st half: David Nichols spearheads a 12-2 sprint for UAlbany with three baskets, including the first and final, to push the Great Danes up 34-26.
- 16:58-15:26 2nd half: Monmouth cuts UAlbany lead down to four using transition baskets, making it 46-42 UAlbany.
- 6:23-5:50 2nd half: Monmouth’s Micah Seaborn hits a corner three to tie the game at 61. A Cremo jumper and one from the paint puts UAlbany back ahead 64-61.
- 1:47-0:20 2nd half: Up two, Monmouth scores six points on three possessions to lead by eight. The Hawks held that lead the rest of the way.
“This was a good test for us, I felt good with where we were at halftime, but we made some poor decisions down the stretch. Give Monmouth credit, they did a very good job, and they bothered us.” - UAlbany head coach Will Brown
Recap: The UAlbany men’s basketball team led most of the way in its third road game in six days, but saw its six-game winning streak end on Monday night in an 81-73 road defeat against Monmouth.
UAlbany looked to inside the arc early while Monmouth primarily made shots from three. A trio of early threes, by three different Hawks, gave the home team a 15-11 advantage seven minutes in.
At 19-13 Monmouth, UAlbany called a timeout. The Great Danes pieced together a 9-0 streak, with a five-point play in the middle off a Joe Cremo three and two free throws by Travis Charles after he was fouled, to push UAlbany ahead 22-19.
Monmouth retook the lead with two baskets to go up by a pair. UAlbany’s defense led to a number of transition attacks, leading to a 12-2 run, with David Nichols scoring three baskets in that span, pushing UAlbany ahead 34-26. Two more late baskets by UAlbany gave the Great Danes a 38-29 halftime advantage.
Each side exchanged early points in the 2nd, with UAlbany using the free throw line to counter Monmouth’s field goals. With transition scores by Deion Hammond and Mustapha Traore, Hawks pulled to within four at 46-42 UAlbany with 15:26 left in the 2nd, eventually getting to within two at 51-49 with 12:25 left.
The two teams continued to battle back and forth, with UAlbany pushing its lead back to three, then Monmouth hitting a layup to go back within one three times. Monmouth tied the game with a corner three by Micah Seaborn with 6:23 to go, a 61-61 tie score. Cremo hit a runner and one to make it 64-61 UAlbany with under six minutes left.
UAlbany held its lead for another minute as Monmouth again forced a tie, then went ahead on a Ray Salnave three-pointer. Devonte Campbell hit a layup while fouled to force the under-4 media at a 67-67 tie game.
Monmouth took the lead on a Zac Tillman layup and finished the game outscoring UAlbany 14-6, taking the victory 81-73.
UAlbany returns home for its third game in five days, hosting Colgate on Wednesday, November 29th at 7 p.m. at the SEFCU Arena. For more information, fans may contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.