Men's Basketball Falls at UW-Milwaukee, 79-70
Score: UW-Milwaukee 79, UAlbany 70
Location: UMW Panthers Arena in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Records: UAlbany (2-4); UW-Milwaukee (2-4)
Short Story: UAlbany erases a 12-point deficit in the first half but ultimately falls at UW-Milwaukee 79-70.
Coach Brown: “I thought we had plenty of opportunities. We got off to a slow start and did a poor job in embracing the game plan, particularly with Jake Wright. The key was to make him dribble and I think he got five threes before the first media timeout. I don’t think we were focused as well as we needed to be. We scraped and clawed back to be in a good position at halftime. We didn’t guard well enough and when you shoot as poorly as we did in the second half and you don’t guard you put yourself in a difficult situation. With that being said I thought we were okay until we got called for that flagrant foul, which took a lot of momentum away. That was the real momentum swing. But the biggest thing is we didn’t defend the way we need to defend to go on the road and win.”
- Adam Lulka scored seven of UAlbany’s first nine points
- UW-Milwaukee’s Jake Wright hit five of seven three-pointers in the first half
- Ahmad Clark and Wright led all scorers with 23 points
- Three Great Danes scored in double-figures
- Wright finished the game 7-9 from three
- Four Panthers scored in double-figures
Playing in their fourth game since last Saturday, the University at Albany men’s basketball team visited UW-Milwaukee Friday in their final game before heading overseas for their last two games in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic in Northern Ireland. Against the Panthers, UAlbany clawed back from a 12-point first-half deficit to take the halftime lead but ultimately fell 79-70.
Adam Lulka scored the first five points of the game, giving UAlbany an early advantage. UW-Milwaukee responded by hitting back-to-back threes to take a one-point lead.
Trailing by 11 mid-way through the first half, UAlbany went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 23-19 over a period of 90 seconds.
With 3:29 left in the first, Cameron Healy hit a three to cut the lead to one. Ahmad Clark drew a foul shooting a three and hit all three free-throws to cut the lead back to two after the Panthers went back up by five.
Lulka tied the game at 35 with 1:20 left on a contested layup. UW-Milwaukee responded immediately with a basket on the other end. On the ensuing possession, Rayshawn Miller hit a three to give UAlbany its first lead since 17:08 left in the first half.
By halftime, UAlbany held a two-point, 41-39 lead, having erased a 12-point deficit over the first 20 minutes. Clark led the Danes with 11 points, while Lulka and Healy added nine apiece.
Coming out of the break, the Panthers hit two quick threes to go up by four early in the second half. The teams traded baskets over the next 13 minutes, with UAlbany tying the game at 46 with 17:09 remaining and UW-Milwaukee leading by no more than five over the stretch.
Clark drew a foul on a layup with 2:01 remaining, ending UAlbany’s 0-5 drought. He hit the free throw to cut the UAlbany deficit to 75-68.
With 5:41 left in the second, Devonte Campbell successfully converted an and-one opportunity to tie the game at 63. The Panthers responded with a 10-0 run over the next 1:14. The Great Danes would close within seven but ultimately fell
Three Great Danes scored in double-figures, with Clark leading the way with 23, tied for the game high with the Panthers’ Wright. UAlbany ended the game shooting 1-7 from the floor.
Next: The Great Danes head overseas to play their final two games in the Belfast Tournament. UAlbany will play in the Sampson Bracket in Belfast, with LIU Brooklyn, Dartmouth, and Marist.