Bill Ziskin

Men's Basketball Falls in OT vs. Stony Brook 67-66

UAlbany Sports Information   01-23-2019

Score: Stony Brook 67, UAlbany 66 (OT)

 

Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.

 

Records: UAlbany (5-15, 0-5 AE); Stony Brook (17-3, 5-0 AE)

 

Short Story: UAlbany men’s basketball took the America East’s top team to the brink, falling to Stony Brook 67-66 in overtime Wednesday night.

 

Coach Brown: “We played a really good basketball team, and I felt we competed at a really high level.  I told the guys coming into this game that there are two things Stony Brook is better at than anyone in our league: rebounding and toughness.  We had to match or exceed their toughness.  We did a good job outrebounding them, and I don’t know the last time that happened to them.  I’m proud of our guys’ effort.  It really stings, two overtime losses in a row.  The crowd was awesome tonight, the fans were really into the game.  I thought our guys played their butts off.  What you want to do every night is get to the last four minutes with a chance to win, and I just feel so badly for these guys because we don’t have the wins to show for it but we’re making great progress.  We led for 31 minutes at UMass Lowell, and 41 at UMBC.  This game was a typical UAlbany-Stony Brook slugfest, and I’m proud of how much we’re improving defensively and on the glass, so when we don’t make shots we’re putting ourselves in a position to still have a chance to win.”

 

Key Stats

 

  • Antonio Rizzuto scored UAlbany’s first five points, and seven of their first 11
  • UAlbany shot 1-9 from three to start the game
  • Rizzuto finished with a career-high 21 points
  • Malachi De Sousa finished with a career-high 11 points and seven rebounds
  • Three Great Danes and three Seawolves scored in double-figures
  • UAlbany shot just 8-31 from three
  • UAlbany out-rebounded Stony Brook 44-40 

Recap

 

Returning home after a two-game road swing, the University at Albany men’s basketball team welcomed heated rival Stony Brook to SEFCU Arena on Wednesday night.  Stony Brook, one of two remaining undefeated teams in the America East in conference play, boasted the conference’s best record at 16-3 overall, as well as a six-game winning streak.  The Danes fell for the second straight game by one point in overtime, succumbing to the Seawolves 67-66 after hanging tough throughout the game.

 

Stony Brook opened the game on a 5-0 run that lasted 45 seconds.  Antonio Rizzuto put UAlbany on the board with a three-pointer with 18:40 left.  Cameron Healy scored four straight points for UAlbany to put the Danes up one with 16:20 remaining in the first.

 

After UAlbany took a 9-8 lead, Stony Brook scored the next six points.  Despite not hitting a field goal for more than five minutes, the Seawolves were able to extend their lead to seven with 11 minutes remaining in the first half.    

 

In the middle of the first half, both teams combined to shoot 2-21 over five-plus-minute stretch, including 16-consecutive misses.  Brent Hank finally broke the drought, in which UAlbany had not scored a point in more than six minutes, with a dunk with 7:48 remaining in the half.

 

Rizzuto hit a three with 7:11 left to cut Stony Brook’s lead to two and putting him in double-digits for the game.  The Seawolves had missed each of their last eight shots, and hadn’t scored for the last 4:29.  Their scoreless streak ended when they hit two free throws, extending their lead to four.

 

Stony Brook ended its 8:14 field-goal drought with a layup to go up 22-16 with 6:00 left in the first.  On the next possession Malachi De Sousa drew a foul that sent UAlbany to the free throw line for the first time, with 5:30 left.  He successfully converted both attempts to cut the lead to 22-18.

 

De Sousa hit two more free throws to cut the lead to one with 4:28 left.  Rizzuto hit a three to give UAlbany its first lead since 9-8 with 3:42 to go.  Stony Brook immediately tied the game at 24 on the next possession.

 

Stony Brook took a three-point, 33-30 lead into halftime.  Rizzuto had already matched a career-high with 14 points on 5-8 shooting, and De Sousa was just one point shy of his career-high with seven.  As a team, UAlbany had out-rebounded Stony Brook, the top rebounding team in the conference, 21-18.

 

Rizzuto scored four straight points to open the second half, giving UAlbany a 34-33 lead.  Stony Brook responded right away on the other end with a layup to retake the lead, and then hit a three to go up by four.

 

With 18:13 left in the second, UAlbany leading scorer Ahmad Clark scored his first points of the game.  Adam Lulka tied the game at 38 with 17:05 left, and Healy put UAlbany up three on the Danes’ next possession, capping off a 7-0 scoring run.

 

Healy drew a foul shooting a three, and successfully converted all three free throws to put UAlbany up six with 14:50 to go.  Two more free throws extended UAlbany’s lead to eight and the Danes’ run to 12-0.  Stony Brook hadn’t scored in more than five minutes, committing five turnovers during that stretch.

 

The Seawolves finally broke their drought with a fadeaway jumper to cut the lead to six.  Four quick points cut the Danes’ lead to two.  De Sousa snapped an 0-7 field goal drought with a fast break dunk set up by Clark.  Senior Devonte Campbell scored on a put-back layup on the next possession to put UAlbany back up six with 9:31 remaining.

 

Rizzuto hit a three to eclipse the 20-point mark and put UAlbany up seven.  Stony Brook pulled within one with 2:42 remaining.

 

Stony Brook tied the game at 59 with a three with 1:09 remaining.  After a missed UAlbany layup, Stony Brook grabbed the rebound and called timeout with 36.0 left after crossing midcourt.  On the Seawolves’ first attempt, Campbell tied up the ball, with Stony Brook retaining possession with 21.9 left and seven seconds on the shot clock.  Stony Brook hit a long jumper on the inbounds play, to go up 61-59 with 15.6 remaining.  The Seawolves had scored the previous four points, and had held UAlbany scoreless for the last 2:07.

 

Clark tied the game with a reverse layup with 3.4 remaining.  UAlbany forced a turnover on the inbounds play and headed into its second overtime period in as many games.

 

Stony Brook won the overtime jump and opened with a three.  Clark responded with a three on the other end to keep the score tied, and then put UAlbany up two with a jumper after forcing a turnover.

 

Stony Brook hit a three to go up 67-66 with 1:43 remaining in overtime.  The Seawolves came up empty on their shot with 11 seconds to go, giving UAlbany one last chance.  Out of a timeout with 4.5 seconds remaining, Stony Brook fouled on the inbounds play, their last foul to give.  A reset with 3.6 to go resulted in a missed three attempt, and UAlbany fell by one in overtime, for the second straight game, 67-66.

 

UAlbany finished the game shooting 1-7, including each of the last five attempts, and did not score a point for the final 3:42.  Rizzuto finished with a career high 21 points, as did De Sousa, who finished with 11.  UAlbany outrebounded Stony Brook 44-40 for the full game, including 16-12 on the offensive end.

 

Next: UAlbany hosts Hartford on Saturday, January 26.  Tipoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

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