Men's Basketball's Comeback Falls Short vs. Holy Cross
Score: Holy Cross 69, UAlbany 65 (OT)
Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (2-3); Holy Cross (4-2)
Short Story: UAlbany storms back to force overtime but ultimately falls in the second game of a back-to-back against Holy Cross, 69-65.
Coach Brown: “I thought our guys really battled and competed, especially in the second half. One, Holy Cross is really good. Two, their style of play is a lot different than anything our guys have seen. They play all that matchup zone, and offensively they run the old-school Princeton stuff. Very difficult to prepare for. We did a lot of really good things in that second half, but again, Holy Cross is a very difficult team to play. But we competed, we put ourselves in a position to win, and this group I think grew up a bit and just battled. We have to get better at eliminating the self-inflicted mistakes. We have to help ourselves. Our opponents are good enough and tough enough were we have to control the controllables. But we lost to a good basketball team, but I thought we showed signs of growth and potential, and now we need to move forward and get better and more consistent.”
- Holy Cross outscored UAlbany 20-8 in the paint in the first half
- The teams combined to shoot 5-20 from three in the first half
- UAlbany outscored Holy Cross 13-0 to end regulation
- Holy Cross did not score for the final 6:35 of regulation
- Cameron Healy led all scorers with 22 points
- Holy Cross’ Jehyve Floyd recorded six blocked shots
The University at Albany men’s basketball team wrapped a tough stretch of their schedule Tuesday night, hosting Holy Cross for the second of a back-to-back and the third game in the last four days. After trailing by as many as 17, UAlbany stormed back late in the second half to force overtime, but ultimately succumbed to the Crusaders 69-65.
After winning the opening tip, Brent Hank put UAlbany on the board after drawing a foul and hitting one of two free throws. Holy Cross went on an 8-2 run immediately after to take a five-point lead by the first media timeout.
Holy Cross’ early run extended to 11-2 until Rayshawn Miller hit a three to end UAlbany’s drought with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Miller’s three was the first of three straight for the Danes, who cut the lead to one in just over a minute of game time.
The teams traded the next few baskets until Holy Cross started pulling away a few minutes later, building a five-point lead with 7:25 left in the first. The Crusaders led by as many as 11 in the first half as late as 4:19 remaining before UAlbany closed within eight, before ending the first half trailing by nine.
UAlbany shot just 7-25 from the floor in the first half, compared to 12-25 for Holy Cross. The Crusaders did most of their damage in the pain, outscoring the Great Danes 20-8 through the first 20 minutes. Adam Lulka led UAlbany with six points in the first half on 3-5 shooting, while Cameron Healy led the team with four rebounds and three assists.
Holy Cross opened up its largest lead of the night, 17 points, with 12:54 left in the second half. They had steadily maintained and increased their advantage through the early part of the half, especially after UAlbany had cut the lead to 11 early on. With 10 minutes to go, the Crusaders still led by 15, and led by 14 with 7:47 remaining.
Healy scored seven straight UAlbany points to cut the deficit to 10 with 4:51 left in the game. It was the start of UAlbany’s ferocious comeback attempt.
With 2:09 remaining UAlbany had cut the lead to four following a 9-0 run lasting 3:13 of game time. The Great Dane defense held Holy Cross scoreless for the previous 4:24. Ahmad Clark drew a foul and hit one of two free throws with 48.4 left to cut the lead to three.
Campbell tied the game at 56 with a three-pointer with four seconds left. UAlbany held Holy Cross scoreless for the final 6:35 of regulation, outscoring the Crusaders 13-0.
Holy Cross started overtime on a 6-0 run to take a 62-56 lead with 2:42 remaining. The run extended to 8-0 before Clark hit a three with 1:23 left to cut the lead to five. Campbell hit a three to cut the lead to three with eight seconds remaining, but the Danes wouldn’t be able to close the gap further and ultimately fell by four, 69-65.
Healy led all scorers with a career-high 22 points, his second 20-point game of the season. Holy Cross’ advantage in the paint continued through the second half and overtime, outscoring UAlbany 40-22 overall.
Next: The Great Danes will visit UW-Milwaukee on Friday, November 23 as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic before departing for Belfast, Northern Ireland on Sunday, November 25 for two games later next week.