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Healy Lifts Men's Basketball Over Binghamton, 64-50

UAlbany Sports Information   02-02-2019

Score: UAlbany 64, Binghamton 50

 

Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.

 

Records: UAlbany (8-15, 3-5 AE); Binghamton (6-17, 2-6 AE)

 

Short Story: UAlbany’s 19-0 opening run and Cameron Healy’s career night propel the Great Danes over Binghamton in the 2019 Big Purple Growl.

 

Coach Brown: “I want to thank our entire athletic department and alumni association for the Ferocious Feast.  I had a chance to talk at that today and there was a great crowd and great energy in there.  For the game, we got off to a very good start, and then we hit the wall a bit offensively.  But I thought the big thing was Ahmad setting the tone defensively and guarding Sessoms.  And then I thought Antonio was outstanding in the second half on Sessoms.  And Cameron made a few shots tonight, and did a really nice job for us.  Adam was a killer on the glass. Ahmad really put pressure on the defense in the second half.  We continued to fight and get stops and rebound the ball.  This team continues to grow and evolve and is getting better all the time.  We can have lulls offensively right now and stay in games and win games whereas we couldn’t do that early in the year and that’s a credit to the kids buying into the defensive side of the ball.  We’re winning these games by what we’re doing in practice, and it’s carrying over.”

 

Key Stats

 

  • UAlbany opened the game on a 19-0 run
  • Cameron Healy scored 12 of UAlbany’s first 19 points
  • Binghamton opened the game shooting 0-9, and closed the first half shooting 9-13
  • Healy finished with a career high 31 points
  • Healy’s nine three pointers tie the single-game program record
  • Healy recorded his first career double-double
  • UAlbany improves to 14-8 in the Big Purple Growl
  • UAlbany has won a season-high three straight games

Recap

 

The University at Albany men’s basketball team wrapped up the first half of the America East schedule Saturday night hosting Binghamton for this season’s annual Big Purple Growl.  The Great Danes got off to a hot start, opening the game on a 19-0 run, before going on to win 64-50.

 

In a preview of things to come, freshman Cameron Healy put UAlbany ahead immediately, hitting back-to-back threes on UAlbany’s first two possessions.  With 12:33 remaining in the first half, Healy hit his fourth three of the game to put UAlbany up 19-0.  Binghamton scored on their next possession for the first time.

 

After taking a 22-4 lead with 10:10 to go in the first, UAlbany suffered a scoring drought lasting more than three minutes, allowing Binghamton to cut the lead to 22-8.  Rizzuto broke the Danes’ drought with a fadeaway jumper at the elbow.

 

Binghamton connected on six straight shots from the floor after their opening scoring drought, bringing their scoring total to 16 with a 7-0 run.  Healy hit a teardrop in the paint to break the run, putting UAlbany up 26-16 with 4:37 left in the first.

 

Binghamton hit its seventh-straight shot right away to keep UAlbany’s advantage at eight, and cut the lead further to three after two free throws and a three with 3:53 to go. 

 

After hitting eight shots in a row, Binghamton finally missed when Rayshawn Miller got a hand on a three-point attempt to keep UAlbany’s lead at three.  Binghamton missed their next three, but UAlbany hadn’t scored in more than two minutes.

 

Since leading by 22, UAlbany had scored just four points in more than eight minutes of game time.

 

Healy broke UAlbany’s drought with his fifth three of the half, and on UAlbany’s next possession Rizzuto hit a jumper in the paint to put UAlbany up 31-23.  Binghamton had followed up its eight-straight field goals by missing their next four and suffering their own scoring drought lasting more than three-and-a-half minutes.  A UAlbany turnover on their final possession of the first half led to a fast break layup for Binghamton as time expired, and UAlbany entered halftime leading 31-25.

 

Healy finished the first half with 17 points on 6-11 shooting, including 5-9 from three.  After shooting 0-9 to start the half, Binghamton finished the half shooting 9-13.  UAlbany went to the line just once in the first half, but Binghamton only shot 44.4% from the charity stripe.

 

Healy matched his career-high sixth three-pointer with 17:29 left in the second to put UAlbany up 36-27.  Healy hit his seventh three with 14:17 to go to put UAlbany up 41-30.

 

Binghamton finally hit a shot after more than four-and-a-half minutes to cut UAlbany’s lead to 11 with 11:18 remaining. 

 

The Bearcats hit three straight field goals to cut UAlbany’s lead to 47-40 with 8:11 to go.  Healy hit a transition layup after a Binghamton turnover for his career-high 25th point, breaking Binghamton’s run. 

 

Healy tied a single-game program record with his ninth three-pointer to put UAlbany up 58-49 with 3:49 left in the game. 

 

Binghamton shot 1-8 to close the game, and did not make a field goal in the final 4:40. 

 

UAlbany went on to win 64-50, pulling away after the Bearcats had closed the lead to six in the second half.  Healy finished with a career-high 31 points on 11-19 shooting including 9-15 from the three and added 10 rebounds to record his first career double-double.

 

Next:  UAlbany has a week off before visiting Vermont to start the second half of conference play on Saturday, February 9.  The Danes return to SEFCU Arena on Wednesday, February 13 to host UMass Lowell.

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