UAlbany Men's Basketball Downed at Binghamton 79-66
Men’s Basketball Score: Binghamton 79, UAlbany 66
Location: Vestal, N.Y. – BU Events Center
Records: UAlbany (14-6, 2-3 AE), Binghamton (10-9, 1-3 AE)
Short Story: Three players scoring in double figures and a late comeback attempt in the second half were not enough as the UAlbany men’s basketball team fell at Binghamton 79-66 in its second league road game in three days.
- UAlbany: Travis Charles led UAlbany with 17 points, including 12 in the second half, adding six rebounds. Greig Stire nearly had a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds while Joe Cremo finished with 13 points.
- Binghamton: Willie Rodriguez had 20 points for the Bearcats off 6-for-8 shooting and 6-for-7 from the free throw line. J.C. Show had 11 points, six boards and five assists.
- UAlbany was down by one at the half 29-28.
- UAlbany had 32 points in the paint to Binghamton’s 28, with Binghamton scoring 25 points from the free throw line to UAlbany’s 13.
- Binghamton’s win snaps a 14-game winning streak for UAlbany against the Bearcats.
- 9:54-5:24 1st half: Holding UAlbany to one field goal in that span, Binghamton used a couple of threes to fuel a 10-4 streak and take a three-point lead at 21-18.
- 11:49-9:30 2nd half: Binghamton uses three field goals from beyond the arc in a 14-0 run to lead 59-41 on UAlbany.
- 3:14-1:24 2nd half: A 7-0 UAlbany run, including a Joe Cremo three and two defensive stops with a full court press, pulled the Great Danes back within single digits at 69-60.
Quote: “I thought Binghamton played very well and like a desperate team; they played better than we did. We hung around in the first half, but we cannot let a team shoot near 60% in the second half.” - UAlbany head coach Will Brown
Recap: The UAlbany men’s basketball team had its winning streak snapped in a 79-66 road defeat at Binghamton on Monday night.
Defense reigned at the start of the game, with neither team scoring on the first five possessions for no score in the first three minutes of play. UAlbany’s man-to-man defense held early while the Great Danes tried to break the Binghamton zone.
Binghamton struck first with a dunk, countered by a long jumper from Travis Charles. Binghamton added three more baskets in the paint for an 8-2 advantage in the first six minutes.
UAlbany tried to use fast play to chip away at the early deficit, using a layup and one from Charles and later a Joe Cremo three from passing around the horn to make it 11-10 Binghamton. UAlbany continued to attack, with Devonte Campbell free throws and a Greig Stire turnaround floater giving UAlbany a 14-11 lead midway through the first.
The home team fired away from three-point range, hitting a pair on an 11-4 streak from Fard Muhammad and Timmy Rose to take a 21-18 lead near the half’s final media timeout. UAlbany retook the lead off a layup and two free throws from Alex Foster pushed the Great Danes back ahead by one.
The teams finished the half with exchanges in the paint, as two Binghamton layups in four seconds gave the Bearcats the lead. Stire scored a layup in the closing seconds of the first to pull UAlbany within one at 29-28 Binghamton at the break.
The defenses had a similar start to the second half than in the first, with neither team scoring in the first 1:45. Binghamton built the lead with jumpers in the paint to five at 35-30. Campbell pulled UAlbany back with two with a layup and one, then the Bearcats went up by seven with a quick 5-0 run to make it 40-33 with 14:42 to play.
UAlbany kept close with Charles in the paint, with the graduate forward scoring eight of UAlbany points as the Purple & Gold stayed close for a few more minutes. At 12:03 to play, Binghamton went on a 14-0 run, including a trio of three-pointers, to go up 59-41 with 9:30 left.
Binghamton converted foul shots to keep its lead strong, countering layups from Stire and a three from each David Nichols and Cremo. Timmy Rose hit a jumper with 3:14 left to make it 69-55 Binghamton.
After an exchange of possessions, a Nichols steal and the full court press helped a 7-0 run by UAlbany off two Campbell free throws, a Cremo wing three and a putback layup by Stire, to make it 69-62 Binghamton with 1:24 to play.
UAlbany got the deficit back to seven on a putback by Charles, but could not get closer. Late free throws by Binghamton sealed the game for the Bearcats. Binghamton took the win 79-66.
UAlbany returns to the SEFCU Arena for its next two games, beginning with UMass Lowell on Thursday, January 18th at 7 p.m. For ticket information for UAlbany basketball games, fans may contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.