UAlbany Men's Basketball Wins Offensive Joust at Lowell 91-81
Men’s Basketball Score: UAlbany 91, UMass Lowell 81
Location: Lowell, Mass. – Costello Athletic Center
Records: UAlbany (20-8, 8-5 AE), UMass Lowell (9-16, 3-9 AE)
Short Story: The UAlbany men’s basketball team used its top offensive output in conference play, including 19 second half points by David Nichols, to win 91-81 at UMass Lowell to earn its fourth consecutive 20+ win season.
- UAlbany: David Nichols finished with 25 points, including 19 in the second half and 11 in the final 3:13, for his conference-high in points, shooting 9-for-14 from the floor. Five Great Danes earned double figure scoring, including 17 points off 7-for-10 shooting by Travis Charles and 15 points off the bench for Costa Anderson.
- UMass Lowell: Jahad Thomas concluded with 22 points, going 9-for-14 from the floor, eight rebounds and five assists. Ryan Jones had 18 points as all five UML starters scored double figures.
- UAlbany stands at 20-8 overall, the program’s fourth consecutive 20+ win season and fifth in the last five years. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, UAlbany is 89-40 overall.
- With eight rebounds tonight, Greig Stire has 698 career rebounds, standing 10th all-time in UAlbany history. He is 58 rebounds away from the UAlbany DI record of 756 by Sam Rowley from 2011-15.
- UAlbany shot 59.6% from the field (34-for-57), including 63.3% in the first half, while UMass Lowell shot 55% (33-for-60), including 72.4% in the second half.
- 14:00-11:59 1st half: Protecting against the long-range shot with the man-to-man defense, Costa Anderson hit a long three then UAlbany played physical in the paint leading to a 11-0 run to go up 22-14.
- 3:35-0:00 1st half: UAlbany finishes the half on a 12-2 run, started by a Matt Conway top of the arc three plus two UAlbany baskets in the final minute, giving the Great Danes a 48-33 lead at the half.
- 15:12-12:14 2nd half: A 15-0 run by UMass Lowell, including eight points from Ryan Jones, ties the game at 58-58.
- 10:27-8:52 2nd half: UAlbany gets an 8-0 run off free throws and close range field goals to lead 69-61.
- 5:00-3:35 2nd half: Fast break attacks lead to UMass Lowell scoring seven straight points and pulling to within one at 77-76.
- 3:13-0:00 2nd half: David Nichols hits four consecutive baskets, including three from beyond the arc. UAlbany outscores UML 14-5 to complete the game.
Quote: “It is always tough to win on the road; the story of this game was, we just had more offensive firepower. I think we were a little tired in the second half, and Lowell seemed reenergized after that run, but the most important thing is here that we came away with a win.”- UAlbany head coach Will Brown
Recap: The UAlbany men’s basketball team used its top offensive output in America East play, shooting nearly 60% from the field, to win at UMass Lowell 91-81 on Thursday night.
Each side’s offense saw success early, with UMass Lowell using the long jumper and UAlbany getting putbacks on layups. After Matt Harris made his second three for UML, a Greig Stire putback and a Travis Charles layup pulled UAlbany within one at 10-9 in the first four minutes.
At 14-11 UML, Costa Anderson came off the bench and buried a three off the screen. UAlbany continued by attacking the paint to force fouls on layup attempts, leading to an 11-0 run as UAlbany went ahead 22-14 with 11:38 left in the 1st.
UML continued its chances with jumpers, pulling to within four on a 15-footer by Obadiah Noel. Charles went on a tear with a personal 7-0 run, hitting all three field goals, for a 32-21 UAlbany advantage.
Foul trouble mounted on the Great Danes as the frontcourt went to its reserves, leading UMass Lowell to pull within five at 32-27. A couple of exchanges made it 36-31 with under four minutes left in the 1st.
A Matt Conway three sparked a run based on transition play, as Joe Cremo added a three and Conway hit a layup to complete an 8-0 run. After a Rinardo Perry layup, David Nichols and Cremo each hit shots in the final minute of the 1st to given UAlbany a 48-33 advantage at the break.
The offensive play had a similar start in the second half as it did in the first, with UMass Lowell hitting its first three shots to pull within 11. Nichols and Charles each hit a pair of baskets from close range to build UAlbany’s advantage to 15 at 58-43 just over four minutes into the period.
Using fast breaks for layups, UMass Lowell went on a 15-0 run, with four different players scoring, to tie the game at 58-58 with 12 minutes to go.
After an exchange of threes, UAlbany went back to its play in the paint, using two field goals and four free throws to piece together an 8-0 run and make it 69-61 UAlbany. UAlbany increased the lead to nine off a kickout three from Anderson to set the score at 72-63 with 7:24 left.
Continuing its fast play, four different River Hawks scored in a 7-0 sprint, pulling the home team within one at 77-76 by the final media timeout.
From there, Nichols came alive, hitting UAlbany’s next four baskets, including three from behind the perimeter, to send UAlbany up by nine in the final minute. Late free throws from Anderson and Cremo helped seal the game as UAlbany won 91-81.
UAlbany has its final road regular season game on Sunday, February 18th at 1 p.m. in Baltimore against UMBC.