Bill Ziskin

UAlbany Men's Basketball Narrowly Edged at UNH 64-61

UAlbany Sports Information   01-06-2018

Men’s Basketball Score: New Hampshire 64, UAlbany 61

Location: Durham, N.H. – Lundholm Gymnasium

Records: UAlbany (12-5, 0-2 AE), New Hampshire (5-11, 1-1 AE)

Short Story: The UAlbany men’s basketball team nearly rallied from a 13-point deficit to be down one in the final minute of play, but was short in a 64-61 road defeat at New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon.

Key Stats:

  • UAlbany: Earning his second straight 20+ point game and 17th double digit scoring contest this season, Joe Cremo led all players with 20 points, adding four rebounds and three assists. Greig Stire nearly had a double-double off 13 points and nine boards.
  • New Hampshire: Taylor Leissner concluded with 19 points and six rebounds. Off the bench, Josh Hopkins had 13 points and two assists.
  • UAlbany had 28 points in the paint to UNH’s 24 and was 17-for-27 from the free throw line, compared to UNH being 4-for-6. UNH hit 10 three-point field goals out of 24.

Key Situations:

  • 7:46-5:46 1st half: Joe Cremo knocked down a three out of a timeout, followed by a David Nichols floater and a Travis Charles turnaround jumper for a 7-0 run, giving UAlbany a 24-17 advantage.
  • 3:03-0:22 1st half: UNH finishes the first half on a 9-0 run, including a pair of threes, to lead 31-30 at the half.
  • 17:43-13:55 2nd half: UNH scores three baskets in a row, then after an Alex Foster free throw, adds two more field goals for an 11-2 spurt and a 44-35 advantage.
  • 9:00-4:55 2nd half: UAlbany holds UNH scoreless for almost five minutes, going on a 7-0 run in the process and pulling to within six at 56-50 UNH.
  • 1:00-0:00 2nd half: Cremo buried a kick-out three to pull UAlbany within one at 62-61. UNH scored a layup and held on defense the next UAlbany possession to win the game.

Quote: “UNH played well, we did a decent job on Taylor Leissner, but we did not do a good job by giving up threes.  We dug ourselves a hole and fought back to give ourselves a chance to win, but we put ourselves in that position.” - UAlbany head coach Will Brown

Recap: The UAlbany men’s basketball team nearly came back from double digits at New Hampshire, but narrowly fell 64-61 to the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon.

Early on, the defense ruled as UAlbany’s man-to-man defense held while UNH employed a zone.  UAlbany took the early advantage off jumpers from Joe Cremo and Travis Charles to lead 6-2 through the first media.

UAlbany had to keep defending from three, while at the same time attacking the glass on offense.  Free throws from Cremo, Xavier Cochran and Alex Foster led UAlbany to stay ahead.  Taylor Leissner got five points in a row to tie the game at 17-17 with 8:35 left in the first half.

The Great Danes held UNH without scoring for the next three minutes, going on a 7-0 run sparked by a Cremo three-pointer and taking a 24-17 advantage.  Later, a Nichols layup and two Greig Stire free throws pushed UAlbany’s lead to eight at 28-20 with 4:12 to go in the half.

After an exchange of baskets, UNH completed the first half on a 9-0 run, taking a 31-30 lead on John Ogwuche three with 22 seconds to go in the period.

UAlbany briefly took the lead towards the start of the second half with a layup and one by Stire.  UNH countered by scoring their next three baskets, sandwiched by two from Taylor Leissner.  Later, following a Foster free throw, two more UNH baskets in the paint made it 44-35 Wildcats with 13:25 to play.

UAlbany started hitting shots, but UNH countered with makes of their own to keep a double digit lead.  A fast break layup by Josh Hopkins gave UNH a 56-43 advantage with 9:21 left.

The UAlbany defense held UNH without points for almost five minutes, chipping away with a 7-0 run, including two Charles baskets, to pull within six at 56-50 UNH with 4:55 to go.  Later, a fast break attack by David Nichols led to a Cremo three to make it a four-point game at 59-55 UNH with 3:05 left.

A scramble for a loose ball turned into a Leissner layup and one to put UNH’s lead to seven.  UAlbany scored three straight times, the last on a Cremo three, to come within one with a minute to play.  Ike Camara hit a layup with 35 seconds left.  UAlbany missed a layup and had a turnover in the final possession to end the game as UNH took the win 64-61.

UAlbany returns home for a rematch against rival Stony Brook on Wednesday, January 10th at 7 p.m. at the SEFCU Arena.  For ticket information for UAlbany basketball games, fans may contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.

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