Bill Ziskin

Men's Basketball Knocks Off Canisius, 75-66

UAlbany Sports Information   11-17-2018

Score: UAlbany 75, Canisius 66

Location: Koessler Athletic Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

Records: UAlbany (1-2); Canisius (1-1)

Short Story: UAlbany secures its first victory of the 2018-19 season behind a career-high 30 points from Ahmad Clark, defeating Canisius on the road 75-66.

Coach Brown: “I’m proud of my guys.  I thought we showed a lot of resolve.  Canisius is a good basketball team.  Our guys really didn’t waver from the game plan; contain Reese and contain Molson.  I thought Molson got a lot of baskets very late in the game when we had a fairly comfortable lead.  But I thought we did a good job for the most part of sticking to our game plan, believing in our preparation and making life a little difficult for a very good Canisius team.  We really didn’t let them get back in it the last few minutes, and it’s just a good road win against a very talented and well-coached Canisius team.”

Key Stats

  • Ahmad Clark scored a career-high 30 points
  • Canisius shot 1-14 from three to start the game
  • UAlbany ended the first half on a 13-4 run
  • UAlbany assisted on nine of its 11 first-half field goals
  • Canisius shot 6-30 from three for the game

Recap

The University at Albany men’s basketball team notched its first victory of the 2018-19 season, defeating Canisius on Saturday afternoon 75-66.  It was the first game of a three-game, four-day stretch of the Great Danes’ schedule.

UAlbany scored first, with Ahmad Clark hitting a jumper 45 seconds after the opening tip.  The Danes led by three after two-plus minutes before Canisius brought the game back within one with 17:30 left in the first.

UAlbany pulled away briefly, leading 6-3 with 15:04 left in the first.  Canisius tied the game at six one minute later.  For the next six minutes of game time, the Great Danes and Golden Griffins traded baskets, until Canisius pulled together some breathing room leading 18-13 with 6:04 remaining.

Devonte Campbell gave UAlbany back the lead with just over four minutes left in the first half with an off-balance three pointer.  Campbell’s three was part of a 13-0 UAlbany run that took up five minutes of game time.

UAlbany ended the sluggish first half on a 13-4 run, with Canisius going on a 4-0 mini-run in the final minute.  Campbell and Clark led the Great Danes with seven points apiece, while Cameron Healy added six.  Canisius shot just 1-14 from three in the first 20 minutes, and just 9-27 overall.  The Danes led 26-22 at the half, after leading by as many as eight.

Campbell put UAlbany up 29-22 with a corner three immediately after the start of the second half.  Soon after, Canisius finally hit a three-pointer, its second make in its first 17 attempts.

Canisius cut the lead to one with just under 14 minutes remaining after hitting one of two free throws.  Campbell hit a jumper on the other end to put UAlbany back up three, but Canisius tied the game at 35 after a successful and-one conversion.

UAlbany responded with a quick 7-0 run to go up 42-35 with just over 12 minutes remaining.  With nine minutes remaining, Canisius had pulled back within four, and then within to with 7:30 left.  With 4:50 left, UAlbany led by nine, 58-49.

Clark scored five straight points to put UAlbany up 12, 63-51, with just under three minutes remaining.  With under two minutes, Clark hit two free throws to put UAlbany up 67-55, just before Canisius hit a three on the ensuing possession.  Canisius would come as close as eight, but ultimately fell 75-66.

Clark led all scorers with 30 points, and added seven assists.  Campbell and Healy scored 15 and 14, respectively.  Adam Lulka led UAlbany with 10 rebounds.  Canisius continued to struggle from behind the arc in the second half, ending the game shooting just 6-30 from deep.

Next: The Great Danes will play back-to-back home games starting Monday, November 19 against Oneonta and Holy Cross.

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