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Men's Basketball Drops Home Opener to Boston University 71-61

UAlbany Sports Information   11-14-2018

Score: Boston University 71, UAlbany 61

Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.

Records: UAlbany (0-2); Boston University (3-1)

Short Story: UAlbany’s comeback attempt vs. Boston University falls short in the 2018-19 home opener. 

Coach Brown: “You have to give credit to BU, I thought they played really well.  I think we allowed our inability to make shots in the first half impact our defense.  What bothers me most is not the loss, and I think the guys will reiterate this, I think we got out-competed tonight.  I thought they played harder.  One of the things we’ve been talking about is controlling the controllables: our effort, our toughness, and our execution.  I think we lost the battle in the effort and toughness departments.  This team right now needs some time.  We need to take a deep breath and get back to work.  We played hard, but we didn’t play hard enough, but we can control that.” 

Key Stats

  • Boston University took the lead on a six-minute, 15-1 run in the first half
  • Boston University shot 54% in the first half, including 73% from three
  • Cameron Healy led all scorers with 20 points, including 15 in the second half
  • Three Terriers and two Great Danes scored in double-figures
  • UAlbany turned the ball over just eight times, after committing 22 turnovers against Iona

Recap

The University at Albany men’s basketball team hosted former America East rival Boston University on Wednesday night to ring in the 2018-19 home schedule.  The Great Danes led early before the Terriers came storming back to win the game 71-61.

Trailing 10-6, Boston University took the lead on a 15-1 run lasting 6:15 of game time, bringing the score to 21-11.  UAlbany would close within six by 6:27 left in the first half, but the Terriers regroups and extended their lead to 30-18 two minutes of game time later.

The Terriers led by 11 at the half.  They shot 54% from the floor through the first 20 minute, including 73% from three.  While UAlbany ended the first half shooting 1-10 from the floor, Boston University shot 5-6 to close the half. 

Boston University opened the second half on a 9-2 run, taking a 46-28 lead by the first media timeout with 15:30 remaining.  The Terriers took their first 20-point lead with 10:02 remaining, going up 56-35.  UAlbany responded with a quick 5-0 run to cut the lead to 16.

With 6:20 remaining in the second half, UAlbany had put together a 6-0 run to cut the Terrier’s lead to 58-46.  By now, two Great Danes, Cameron Healy and Adam Lulka, had scored in double-figures.  The Danes’ run had lasted 2:01 of game time, and their defense had held Boston University scoreless for the previous 2:22.

Healy cut the lead to nine with a three-pointer coming out of the media timeout.  The Danes would come no closer, however, as Boston University regrouped to extend their lead to 15 before ultimately winning by 10.

UAlbany held Boston University to just 18% shooting from three in the second half, after the Terriers shot 73% from deep in the first.  Healy scored 15 of his 20 points after halftime.  The Danes took much better care of the ball Wednesday night, committing just eight turnovers, one game after committing 22.

Next: UAlbany begins a stretch of three games in four days on Saturday at Canisius.  Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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