Bill Ziskin

Men's Basketball Falls at UMBC in OT, 65-64

UAlbany Sports Information   01-19-2019

Score: UMBC 65, UAlbany 64 (OT)

 

Location: UMBC Event Center in Baltimore, Md.

 

Records: UAlbany (5-14, 0-4 AE); UMBC (11-9, 3-2 AE)

 

Short Story: UAlbany plays UMBC tough but falls on a late three in overtime, 65-64.

 

Coach Brown: “I thought we played really hard and put ourselves in a position to win on the road.  I thought we had an opportunity in regulation to close it out and an opportunity in overtime to close it out, but we just didn’t make the plays when it mattered the most.  But we took some steps forward and made progress tonight, especially on the defensive side of the ball.  You feel for the players because of how hard they competed but we also can’t relax.  We have to finish every possession and we have to finish games.  UMBC led for a little over four minutes for the entire game, so it’s a game we had control of for the majority and we didn’t finish the job.  Hopefully we can take the next step going forward and when we’re in that situation again we can finish the game.”

 

Key Stats

 

  • UMBC shot 1-6 to start the game
  • Both teams shot 10-24 in the first half
  • UMBC outscored UAlbany 16-4 in the paint in the first half
  • Cameron Healy tied a career-high with 24 points
  • Rayshawn Miller tied a career-high with 10 points
  • UMBC outscored UAlbany 32-10 in the paint overall
  • The lead changed 11 times during the game
  • UAlbany led for 31:49 of game time

Recap

 

Seeking their first America East victory of the season, the University at Albany men’s basketball team visited defending conference champion UMBC Saturday in the second of two straight road games.  Despite playing tough for 40 minutes, UAlbany fell in the final 10 seconds overtime, 65-64.

 

Both teams started the game shooting poorly, with UAlbany shooting 2-6 from the floor to start and UMBC shooting 1-6.

 

Reece Brooks hit a step back three as the shot clock expired with 9:44 left in the first to put UAlbany up 15-11.  UMBC scored the next three points to cut the lead to one a minute later.  The Retrievers hit a corner three on their next possession to go up two, before Cameron Healy responded with a three on the other end to put UAlbany back on top.

 

UAlbany broke a two-plus minute scoring drought for both teams when Adam Lulka hit a three to put UAlbany back up two with 4:36 left in the first.  With 1:06 left in the half, Rayshawn Miller hit a three to put UAlbany up 29-26, which is the lead the Danes took into halftime.

 

Healy led UAlbany with eight points in the first half.  Both teams shot 10-24 from the floor through the first 20 minutes. 

 

UAlbany started pulling away mid-way through the second half, building a five-point lead with 13:43 remaining.  The poor shooting that plagued the start first half came back to start the second, with UAlbany shooting 2-11 and UMBC shooting 1-8.

 

With 10 minutes to go in the second, UAlbany had built a seven-point lead.  UMBC responded with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to one with 7:30 remaining.  Devonte Campbell ended the Retrievers’ streak, hitting a three to put UAlbany up 45-41.

 

With 5:08 left, UMBC hit a three in the corner to cut the lead to one.  On their next possession, they took a one-point lead.  The Retrievers had rebounded to shoot 8-12 after shooting 1-8 to start the second half.

 

Healy drew a foul on a layup on the Danes’ next possession and converted the free throw to put UAlbany up two with 3:26 left.

 

Campbell hit a three as time expired to put UAlbany back up five with 2:37 to go.  UMBC came up empty on their next possession, but forced a jump ball on defense and took over possession.  A layup and one for UMBC brought the game within two with 1:20 left.

 

UAlbany called timeout with 43.8 remaining, leading by two.  UMBC forced a turnover and tied the game at 55 with a layup in transition.  UAlbany couldn’t get a shot off and the game headed into overtime.

 

The Great Danes scored the first four points of overtime taking a 59-55 lead with 3:06 to go.  UMBC hit two free throws, and Miller put UAlbany back up four with a deep corner jumper, but UMBC came back to hit a three and cut the lead to one with 2:09 left.

 

Healy drew a loose-ball foul on a UMBC miss and hit two free throws, tying his career-high 24 points and putting UAlbany up three with 22.5 to go.  UMBC quickly went down the court and hit a jumper at the elbow to cut the lead to once with 16.9 left.

 

Campbell drew a foul and hit one of two free throws to put UAlbany up two.  On the ensuing possession, UMBC drained a corner three with nine seconds left to go up one.  UAlbany couldn’t get off a shot and fell in overtime 65-64 to fall to 0-4 in conference play.

 

Healy’s 24 points were a game high, and Miller matched his career-best 10 points.  UMBC did most of its damage in the paint, outscoring UAlbany 32-10.

 

Next: UAlbany returns home to host Stony Brook on Wednesday, January 23.

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