Men's Basketball Falls at Providence 73-43
Score: Providence 73, UAlbany 43
Location: Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.
Records: UAlbany (3-9); Providence (9-3)
Short Story: Strong UAlbany defense holds down Providence in the first half, but the Friars pull away big in the second, defeating the Great Danes 73-43.
Coach Brown: “We killed ourselves with turnovers in the first half, and none were against their pressure. The first 47 feet of the court, their pressure defense didn’t really bother us at all. We just had bad turnovers in the half court. Self-inflicted for the most part. Coming into halftime in a one-possession game I thought we competed at a high level, rebounded and defended well, but their opening run in the second half really deflated us. It was similar to the Dartmouth game where we didn’t make shots in the second half and we hit the panic button a little bit. We took some quick shots, some bad shots, and with each miss we kind of hung our heads and really dug ourselves a hole.”
- Providence shot 3-15 to start the game
- Each team was 3-10 from three in the first half
- UAlbany committed 13 first-half turnovers
- The Friar’s 23 points in the first half were their second-lowest on the season
- Providence shot 5-5 to start the second half
- Providence outscored UAlbany 50-23 in the second half
Visiting Big East opponent Providence on Tuesday, the University at Albany men’s basketball team suffered its third straight loss, falling to the Friars 73-43 despite a stellar first-half defensive effort.
UAlbany set its defensive tone immediately, holding Providence scoreless for more than two minutes to start the game.
Providence tied the game at eight with a three with 15:07 left in their first possession after calling timout. UAlbany responded with a three on the other end to go up 11-8. UAlbany hit a layup on their next possession to take a five-point lead, their largest of the game.
By the under-12 media timeout, UAlbany’s defense had held Providence scoreless for nearly three and a half minutes, with the Friars missing their previous six straight shots. Providence had shot 3-15 to start the game to this point.
Providence broke its scoring drought with 11:12 left in the first with a successful and-one conversion to cut UAlbany’s lead to two. The Friars tied the game at 13 with 8:12 left in the first, just their fifth field goal of the game.
Devonte Campbell gave UAlbany at two-point lead after seeing the score tied, driving for a layup on a possession in which the Danes grabbed two offensive rebounds.
Providence took their first lead of the game, 17-15, with a fast break layup with 4:55 left in the first. Rayshawn Miller put UAlbany back up one with a three on the ensuing Great Dane possession.
The Friars took back the lead before halftime, heading into the break up three, 23-20. UAlbany’s defense held Providence to its second-lowest first half total of the season. The Friars shot just 7-29 from the floor in the first half, including 3-10 from three. UAlbany meanwhile shot 7-24 and committed 13 first-half turnovers. Adam Lulka led the Great Danes in scoring despite playing just eight minutes due to foul trouble.
Providence opened the second half on a quick 6-0 run to take a 29-20 lead before one minute had elapsed. Cameron Healy hit a three to staunch the bleeding, cutting the game to 29-23 following a UAlbany timeout.
Providence used another 9-0 run to take a 20-point lead with 13:43 remaining, having held UAlbany scoreless for the previous two-plus minutes. After shooting just 7-29 in the first half, Providence hit 10 of their first 11 to start the second, bringing their game percentage to 42.5%.
With 12:40 left in the second, Providence had already matched its first-half scoring total. The Friars took a 30-point lead with a pair of free throws with 6:05 remaining. Providence would go on to win the game 73-43.
The Friars shot 60.7% from the floor in the second half, outscoring UAlbany 50-23. Lulka and Ahmad Clark each had eight points to lead the Great Danes in scoring. The Great Danes shot just 8-26 in the second, including 3-15 from behind the arc.
Next: UAlbany hosts Manhattan on Thursday, December 20 for the final home game of 2018. The Great Danes close the non-conference schedule on the road, at Kent State on December 28 and at Niagara on December 31.