Men's Basketball Defeats Manhattan 77-67
Score: UAlbany 77, Manhattan 67
Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (4-9); Manhattan (2-9)
Short Story: UAlbany snaps its three-game skid with a hard-fought, 77-67 victory over Manhattan in the final game in SEFCU Arena in 2018.
Coach Brown: “Manhattan is very difficult to simulate. To beat Manhattan, you have to match or exceed their toughness. You look at the stat sheet and you’ll see we had too many turnovers but we shot well from three and we got to the free throw line, and I thought our defense was solid overall. I’m proud of our guys. We started four freshmen, and I thought they were ready to play, and they did a lot of good things today.”
- UAlbany started the game with four freshmen on the court
- Adam Lulka scored six of UAlbany’s first 12 points
- UAlbany shot 4-16 from the floor to close the first half
- Antonio Rizzuto scored 10 points in the first half
- Manhattan outscored UAlbany 18-3 off the bench and 18-6 in the paint in the first half
- Lulka recorded his second double-double of the season
- UAlbany shot 57.9% in the second half
The University at Albany men’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak Thursday night, pulling away late to defeat visiting Manhattan 77-67 in a tough matchup.
Head coach Will Brown used his third different starting lineup this season, making the switch to start four freshmen with versatile senior Devonte Campbell beginning the game on the bench. Junior Ahmad Clark was the only upperclassman in the starting lineup.
The Great Danes opened the game on a 10-2 run before Manhattan hit a corner three to cut the lead to five. Adam Lulka responded for UAlbany right away on the other end with a layup, his fifth and sixth points of the game.
With 11:46 left in the first, Manhattan broke a four-minute scoreless drought for both teams with a dunk to cut UAlbany’s lead to three. Since reaching 12 points on the game, UAlbany shot 0-7 over the next five and a half minutes.
A dunk and missed and-one for Manhattan with 10:01 to go in the first cut the Great Dane lead to one. Clark drew a foul on a fast break attempt off the missed free throw, scoring UAlbany’s first points in more than six minutes of game time to put the Danes back up by three. Clark went to the line again on UAlbany’s next possession to give UAlbany a 16-11 lead.
Clark ended up scoring six straight UAlbany points from the free throw line, while the Danes shot 0-9 from the floor over a period of nearly nine minutes. Antonio Rizzuto finally hit a shot from the floor, connecting from behind the arc to put UAlbany up 21-17 with 7:08 left in the first.
A three pointer from Manhattan with two and a half minutes left in the first cut the Great Dane lead to two. Cameron Healy next hit a three to put UAlbany up five, before Manhattan hit a late layup to bring the halftime score to 33-30 in UAlbany’s favor.
Rizzuto led all scorers in the first half with 10 points, just three off his career high. Manhattan did most of its damage in the paint, outscoring UAlbany 18-6, and off of turnovers, outscoring UAlbany 13-4. UAlbany’s halftime lead was built at the free-throw line, where the Danes shot 10-12 in the first half, but they also shot 4-16 from the floor to close the half.
Manhattan tied the game at 34 with 18:14 left in the second. A minute later, Healy put UAlbany back on top with a corner three. Manhattan later cut the game to one, and Healy responded again with a corner three to put UAlbany up four.
Clark put UAlbany up eight with a pullup jumper from the free throw line in transition with 10:11 left in the second. He became the fourth Great Dane to hit double-figure scoring in the game.
With 7:52 left in the second, Kendall Lauderdale hit a turnaround jumper to put UAlbany up five, the Great Danes’ fourth-consecutive made field goal.
Clark drew a foul on a made three-pointer in the corner and successfully converted the free throw to put UAlbany up 61-55 with 5:12 remaining. Ninety seconds later, Clark hit a layup in transition to put UAlbany up seven.
UAlbany used the free throw line to keep pace with Manhattan’s scoring as the game wound down, maintaining a two-possession lead late despite suffering a stretch of more than three minutes without a field goal. The Great Danes did not hit a field goal for the final 3:45 of the game, but went on to win 77-67.
Clark finished the game with 23 points, shooting 13-15 from the free throw line. Lulka recorded his second double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Healy (16) and Rizzuto (14) also scored in double-figures. Manhattan outscored UAlbany 27-13 off turnovers, 27-13 off the bench, and 34-20 in the paint, was out-rebounded by the Danes 33-24.
Next: The Great Danes will wrap the 2018-19 non-conference schedule on the road following a brief holiday break. First, they will play at Kent State on December 28, followed by a visit to Niagara on December 31. America East play kicks off January 5 at home against preseason conference favorite Vermont.