Credit: Meghan Murphy
Credit: Meghan Murphy
UAlbany Athletics

Men's Basketball Defeats New Hampshire 62-42

UAlbany Sports Information   01-30-2019

Score: UAlbany 62, New Hampshire 42

Location: Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham, N.H.

Records: UAlbany (7-15, 2-5 AE); New Hampshire (3-17, 1-6 AE)

Short Story: UAlbany wins its second straight, defeating New Hampshire on the road 62-42 behind a big first half from Ahmad Clark.

Coach Brown: “New Hampshire is as reliant as any team in the county on the three-point line.  Forty-five percent of their offense comes from behind the three-point line, so we really wanted to be aggressive guarding the ball.  We wanted to keep it in front of us, and we didn’t think they could make enough plays, score enough twos, to beat us.  We knew they could make enough threes to beat us so we made it a point to really pressure the ball and outside of the second half where Hopkins hit back-to-back threes I thought for the most part our guys did a really good job executing the scout.”

Key Stats 

  • Chris Lester scored each of New Hampshire’s first seven points
  • Ahmad Clark went on a personal 10-0 run late in the first half
  • Clark scored 13 of UAlbany’s last 16 points of the first half
  • New Hampshire shot just 3-8 from the free throw line in the first half
  • New Hampshire shot 24.1% from the floor, including 20% in the second half
  • New Hampshire out-rebounded UAlbany 46-33
  • Clark scored a game-high 25, including 18 in the first half
  • Cameron Healy has made his last 18 free throws

Recap

The University at Albany men’s basketball team hit the road for one game Wednesday, visiting New Hampshire after notching their first conference victory of the season over the weekend against Hartford.  Against the Wildcats, Ahmad Clark went off for 18 in the first half, building a double-digit lead en route to a 20-point, 62-42 UAlbany victory.

New Hampshire scored the first five points of the game before Cameron Healy put UAlbany on the board with a three.  The Great Danes took a 6-5 lead with 17:00 left in the first half when Ahmad Clark hit a three following an empty Wildcat possession.

UAlbany extended its run to 10-2 after giving up the first five points.  After the Danes took a 15-12 lead, neither team scored for more than three minutes.  Devonte Campbell finally broke the combined 3:42 scoreless drought by hitting two free throws with 9:03 left in the first, putting UAlbany up 17-12. 

The Great Danes held New Hampshire scoreless for nearly six minutes before the Wildcats scored a jumper-and-one to cut UAlbany’s lead to two with just over seven minutes remaining.  Healy immediately responded with a three on the other end to put UAlbany up 20-15.

Clark hit a three to break another two-plus minute combined scoreless streak, putting UAlbany up 23-18 with four minutes left in the half.  Clark next hit two free throws, scoring his ninth and 10th points, to put UAlbany up seven with just over three minutes left. 

Clark’s personal run extended to 7-0 after two more free throws, putting UAlbany up nine with 2:25 before the half, and further to 10-0 with 1:30 left after a three-pointer.  New Hampshire broke a 5:00 scoreless drought hitting one of two free throws with 1:03 left, finally breaking Clark’s personal run.

UAlbany entered the half leading 36-20 following a 19-5 run.  Clark scored 13 straight UAlbany points, closing the half with 13 of UAlbany’s final 16.  New Hampshire shot 1-9 from the floor to end the first, including 1-8 from behind the arc.  Clark led all players with 18 points and five rebounds. 

The Danes held the Wildcats scoreless through their first five possessions of the second half and built their lead to 21 before New Hampshire scored again, hitting back-to-back threes. 

New Hampshire put together a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 44-31 with 12 minutes to go in the second.  A Wildcats’ technical foul put Healy on the line, who hit his 15th and 16th straight free throws dating back to the game at UMBC on January 19. 

New Hampshire hit a three with 10 minutes remaining to cut the Danes’ lead to 12.  Campbell put UAlbany back up 14 after two free throws.  A 9-0 run for UAlbany extended the lead to 55-34 with seven minutes left in the game. 

With 5:06 remaining, Healy hit two free throws, extending his streak to 18 and putting UAlbany up 57-36.  The Danes went on to win by 20, 62-42.

Clark finished with a game-high 25, and Healy followed with 16.  UAlbany scored 20 points off of 18 New Hampshire turnovers.  The Danes held the Wildcats to just 20% shooting in the second half, but New Hampshire out-rebounded UAlbany 46-33.  Healy has been perfect from the free-throw line in each of his last three games. 

Next: UAlbany returns home to host Binghamton at SEFCU Arena on Saturday, February 2 for the annual Big Purple Growl.

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