UAlbany Claims Second Straight Victory, Defeats Oneonta 79-62
Score: UAlbany 79, Oneonta 62
Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (2-2); Oneonta (3-1)
Short Story: UAlbany men’s basketball notches its second straight win to climb to .500 on the season, overcoming a slow start against Oneonta Monday night in the first of two back-to-back home games to defeat the Red Dragons 79-62.
Coach Brown: “I thought Oneonta played really hard, I thought they played well. They were 3-0 coming in here tonight with three big wins, and we knew they were going to play this game with a championship mentality. I thought we were very flat, which is disappointing, but we also have a tough stretch here with Canisius on Saturday, Oneonta tonight, and Holy Cross tomorrow. We tried to do our best to prepare for Oneonta and Holy Cross at the same time. But we were a step slow, a little lethargic tonight, and hopefully we can refocus and get ready for a very, very good Holy Cross team tomorrow.”
- UAlbany hit three of his first four three-point attempts
- Sasha French scored nine points off the bench in the first half
- UAlbany used a 19-2 run in the middle of the second half to build a 20-point lead
- Ahmad Clark scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half
- Clark has scored 20 or more in three out of four games this season
- UAlbany shot 51.4% in the second half
- Four Great Danes scored in double-figures
Playing its second of three games in a four-day stretch, and its first of two back-to-back home games, the University at Albany men’s basketball team overcame a sluggish first half to roll over Oneonta 79-62 on Monday night.
Oneonta won the opening tip and hit a three on their first possession. The Red Dragons went up 6-2 after hitting another three two possessions later. Head coach Will Brown subbed out all five starters at this point, bringing in the second team. UAlbany took its first lead, 7-6, after Reece Brooks hit a three from the top right corner.
The starters subbed back in with 13:47 left in the first half. Since taking the lead, the Danes had shot 0-5 from the floor, while Oneonta had shot 0-6. A 6-0 run for Oneonta put the Dragons up 10-7 with 11:10 remaining in the half.
Oneonta extended its lead to 18-11 before Cameron Healy hit a three to cut the lead to four. On the next possession, Ahmad Clark hit a three to cut Oneonta’s lead to one. Clark forced a turnover two possessions later and put UAlbany up one with a fast-break layup.
Three minutes of game time later, UAlbany had extended its lead to five. For the final 4:17 of the first half, UAlbany and Oneonta traded baskets, with the Danes leading by as many as seven with 2:32 left. UAlbany took a five-point, 32-27 lead into halftime.
UAlbany shot 12-28 from the floor in the first half, and 3-8 from behind the arc. Sasha French led all scorers, racking up nine points off the bench on 3-4 shooting from the floor and 3-4 from the line.
A quick 6-0 run for the Great Danes built a 10-point lead with 15:59 left in the game. UAlbany’s run extended to 16-0, lasting 4:10 of game time before Oneonta scored again.
After UAlbany built a 24-point lead with 8:54 remaining, Oneonta used an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 15 while UAlbany endured a 2:19 scoring drought. Oneonta would further cut the lead to as little as 12 with 4:51 remaining, but came no closer and ultimately fell by 17, 79-62.
Clark scored 20 points for the third time in the first four games of the season to lead all scorers, including four Great Danes in double-figures. Healy scored 12, and off the bench, Sasha French and Rayshawn Miller scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. For the second half, UAlbany shot 51.4% from the floor.
Next: UAlbany hosts Holy Cross Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. before visiting UW-Milwaukee on Friday ahead of the week-long trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland.