Men's Basketball Falls In Final Seconds at Kent State, 70-68
Score: Kent State 70, UAlbany 68
Location: M.A.C. Center in Kent, Ohio
Records: UAlbany (4-10); Kent State (10-2)
Short Story: UAlbany battles with Kent State for 40 minutes but falls in heartbreaker late, 70-68.
Coach Brown: “We knew the type of team we were playing. Literally with Jaylin Walker in the lineup they’ve lost one game, to Louisville. We knew we had to come out here and play really well, but also play with tremendous toughness and a lot of poise. Once we settled down we were okay. We kept battling. I’m disappointed with how the game ended, but putting a guy on the line with three seconds to go in a game that was that competitive is tough. I’m proud of our guys with how hard we competed. We had a chance to beat a terrific team on the road and we just came up a little bit short. I do think we got better today, and that’s the biggest thing.”
- Philip Flory made his career debut as a Great Dane
- Kent State missed its first six three-point attempts
- UAlbany ended the first half on a 7-0 run
- Ahmad Clark hit each of his last seven free throws
- UAlbany out-rebounded Kent State 39-28
- Three Great Danes scored in double figures
- Adam Lulka was two rebounds shy of a double-double
- UAlbany committed 17 turnovers, leading to 14 Kent State points
- Kent State outscored UAlbany 44-5 off the bench
Having wrapped up their non-conference home schedule last week against Manhattan, the University at Albany men’s basketball team embarked on a two-game road trip to end the 2018 calendar year and the 2018-19 non-conference schedule. First up was Kent State, against whom the Great Danes led by as many as 11 in the first half, and then fell behind by as many as eight, lost by two in the last five seconds, 70-68.
For the second-consecutive game, head coach Will Brown started four freshmen alongside junior guard Ahmad Clark. Philip Flory also made his career debut for the Great Danes, having missed the first 13 games of the season due to injury.
Kent State’s defense forced turnovers on each of UAlbany’s first two possessions. After falling behind 2-0, UAlbany went responded with a 7-0 run to take an early lead. Back-to-back three-pointers from Cameron Healy extended UAlbany’s run to 13-1 and the lead to 13-3.
Flory made his first appearance in the game with 13:12 remaining in the first half after Kent State called timeout when UAlbany went up by 10 points.
Healy hit third straight three pointer to extend UAlbany’s run to 16-3.
UAlbany’s sixth turnover of the first half led to a three from Kent State with 9:32 remaining, cutting the Danes’ lead to five. After missing their first six attempts from behind the arc, the Golden Flashes hit two of their next three to cut UAlbany’s lead to just one with 6:41 left in the half.
Kent State tied the game at 25 with 4:45 left in the first half, and took a two-point lead on their next possession, their first since the first minute of the game.
Clark scored seven straight points for UAlbany to cut Kent State’s lead to 34-32 with 90 seconds left in the first half. Malachi De Sousa tied the game at 34 with a layup with 52 seconds left. Kent State’s final play of the half came up empty, and the teams went into halftime tied at 34.
UAlbany ended the first half on a 7-0 run. Clark and Healy had both scored in double-figures, while Brent Hank had grabbed five rebounds. After hitting three of their first four three pointers, UAlbany missed six of their next seven.
A 7-1 lead for Kent State mid-way through the second half put the Golden Flashes up 45-42. Kent State extended its lead to 49-43 after building the run to 11-2. UAlbany responded with an 8-0, capped off by back-to-back layups from Adam Lulka to tie the game at 51.
Kent State responded with a quick 5-0 run to go up 56-51 with 6:16 remaining, prompting UAlbany to call timeout. Out of the timeout, Antonio Rizzuto scored five straight points to tie the game at 56.
Trailing by three with 3:15 left, Clark drew a foul on a three-point attempt. Clark converted all three attempts to tie the game at 61.
Kent State scored four straight points to go up 65-61, before Rizzuto hit a three and Clark drew a one-and-one foul on the defensive end. Clark hit both attempts to put UAlbany up by one with 1:49 left.
Kent State hit a three to go up 68-66 with 42 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Clark drew a foul driving to the basket and hit both free throws to tie the game at 68 with 24 seconds left. Kent State drew a foul behind the arc and was awarded two free throws. The Golden Flashes hit both, and went on to win 70-68.
Clark shot 7-7 from the line to end the game, finishing with 27 points. Healy and Lulka also finished in double figures. Kent State did most of its damage off the bench, outscoring UAlbany 44-5.
Next: UAlbany continues its road trip with a visit to Niagara to wrap the 2018 calendar year and the 2018-19 non-conference schedule on December 31.