Men's Basketball Falls to Dartmouth in Belfast Consolation Game
Score: Dartmouth 91, UAlbany 77
Location: SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Records: UAlbany (2-6); Dartmouth (4-4)
Short Story: UAlbany men’s basketball fell behind early to Dartmouth in the consolation game of the Samson Bracket in the Belfast Classic, ultimately losing 91-77.
Coach Brown: “It was a tough game for us obviously. I thought Dartmouth played extremely well. We were very poor on the defensive side, and they got in a good rhythm. That game was lost in the first half. I thought they played with a tremendous sense of urgency, and we were very passive, almost lethargic in the first half. Our team is not built to outscore teams so we really need to get things right on the defensive side of the ball. This was a wonderful tournament, and a tremendous trip for us. Hopefully we can learn from these two games and from this trip.”
- Dartmouth hit 9 of its first 12 three-pointers
- Three Dartmouth players and two Great Danes scored in double-figures in the first half
- UAlbany shot 10-10 from the free throw line in the first half
- Three Dartmouth players eclipsed 20 points for the game
- Dartmouth hit 17 three-pointers overall
- Adam Lulka fell one rebound shy of a second-straight double-double
- UAlbany committed 15 fewer turnovers than they did in their previous game
- UAlbany outscored Dartmouth 34-22 in the paint
Playing in the consolation game of their Samson Bracket in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic, the University at Albany men’s basketball team fell to Dartmouth 91-77 after an unbalanced first half.
In a preview of things to come, Dartmouth hit threes on each of its first two possessions, taking an early 6-2 lead.
A 1-7 shooting drought for UAlbany coincided with an 11-0, 6-8 shooting run for Dartmouth, who took a 23-9 lead with just over 13 minutes remaining in the first half. The run extended to 17-0 before Sasha French broke through UAlbany’s four-plus minute scoring drought with a dunk. Dartmouth responded immediately with its seventh three of the first half to go up 32-11 with 10:59 left in the first.
Dartmouth put together another 10-0 run in the first half, extending their lead to 43-15 with 6:54 remaining. Ahmad Clark hit two free throws to end another UAlbany scoreless drought of nearly four minutes.
The Big Green finally cooled off towards the end of the first half, missing six straight shots. During this stretch, UAlbany pieced together a 12-0 run to cut the deficit to 43-27. Dartmouth snapped their five-minute scoreless drought with a three to go up 46-27 with 1:44 left in the half.
UAlbany ended the first half on a 16-6 run. Both Clark and Cameron Healy had racked up double-figures in scoring through the first 20 minutes. Collectively, the Great Danes went 10-10 from the free throw line in the first half, which was counteracted by Dartmouth shooting 11-17 from three. The Great Danes did dramatically reduce their turnovers from Thursday’s game, committing just six in the first half.
Dartmouth returned to form to start the second half, hitting three of its first four three-point attempts after the break. For the remainder of the second half, Dartmouth could neither extend its lead, nor could UAlbany shrink their deficit, with both teams trading points after Dartmouth’s initial mini-run. UAlbany came as close as 14 multiple times in the second half, including the final deficit, while Dartmouth’s lead extended as far as 22, but never reached the game-high 28 they held in the first half.
Healy led UAlbany with 24 points, and Clark followed just behind with 23. Three players from Dartmouth score 20 or more, and for the game, Dartmouth shot 17-33 from deep. UAlbany did bounce back to shoot 50% from the floor in the second half, but could not overcome their first-half hole.
Next: After playing five games over the previous 12 days spanning three time zones, the Great Danes will not play again until Saturday, December 8 when they host Monmouth at SEFCU Arena. UAlbany will play Dartmouth again at SEFCU Arena on Saturday, December 15.