Men's Basketball Falls in OT to Hartford, 82-80
Score: Hartford 82, UAlbany 80 (OT)
Location: Sports Center in West Hartford, Conn.
Records: UAlbany (11-19, 6-9 AE); Hartford (17-13, 10-5 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany men’s basketball drops it second straight, falling at Hartford on the Hawks’ senior night 82-80 in overtime.
Coach Brown: “Hartford is a tough matchup for us. They have a veteran group with five seniors who all average double figures. They spread you out because they shoot the ball very well. For us, the self-inflicted stuff is really hurting us. At times our young guards got frustrated and made some poor decisions, and Ahmad has to take a deep breath and settle down and make sure the ball is moving for us. I thought we had some possessions that we wasted, but I thought we dealt with some adversity down the stretch in regulation. But we had opportunities to win the game. It was no surprise that they went on a run, I just didn’t think it would be three minutes into the second half. That run got them going, but we went right back at them. It was a good college basketball game, it really was. I think our overtime losses to the second, third, and fourth best teams in our league show our guys that we can play with anybody and beat anybody in our league. We’ve been playing pretty good basketball outside of the New Hampshire game, and we really competed tonight. We just did some young things at times and some not so smart things at times, and I thought we got exposed by a senior-laden team when we did those things.”
- Hartford started the game shooting 4-5 from the floor
- Devonte Campbell shot 6-6 from the floor in the first half
- UAlbany shot 58.1% in the first half
- Hartford closed the first on a 6-0 run and opened the second on a 10-0 run
- Campbell hit each of his first eight shots
- Hartford shot 50.0% from the floor and 60.0% from three
- Campbell finished with 24 points and eight rebounds shooting 9-11 from the floor and 4-5 from three
Looking to rebound following a loss on Senior Night in their regular season home finale earlier this week, the University at Albany men’s basketball team kicked off a two-game road trip to close out the 2018-19 regular season at Hartford Saturday afternoon. Before the game, the Hawks hosted their own Senior Night, honoring the six seniors on their roster.
With playoff seeding on the line, UAlbany jumped out to a 22-point lead in the first half before Hartford stormed back with a 16-0 run in the second. The Hawks tied the game late to force overtime, and went on to win 82-80.
In the first game against Hartford, UAlbany (11-19, 6-9 AE) defeated the Hawks to claim their first America East victory of the season after starting the conference slate 0-5. The Great Danes had broken through after suffering back-to-back one-point, overtime losses and home to Stony Brook and on the road at defending conference champion UMBC.
As was the case in the first game, Saturday’s matchup featured two of the most dangerous teams in the America East from behind the arc. As a team, Hartford led the conference from three, averaging 9.8 makes per game at a rate of .415. UAlbany ranked third, averaging 8.6, but ranked second in percentage at .347.
True to form, individual conference leader in threes Cameron Healy kicked off scoring with a three-pointer, followed up immediately by Hartford’s John Carroll hitting a three from almost the exact same spot on the other end to tie the game early.
With 17:08 remaining in the first, UAlbany had opened up an early, 7-3 lead following a 4-0 run after Hartford’s first three. Hartford broke the short streak with a steal and a transition layup with 16:35 to go.
UAlbany used an 8-0 run to take a 20-13 lead with 12:30 remaining in the first. The Great Danes had hit eight of their last nine shots from the floor, and had held the Hawks scoreless for nearly two minutes.
With 10:33 remaining, Devonte Campbell grabbed an offensive rebound and drew a foul on the put back. He hit the and-one to put UAlbany up 23-15. Campbell next hit a three to put UAlbany up 26-15.
Hartford hit a three to stop UAlbany’s run, cutting their deficit to eight. With 7:55 remaining in the first, the Hawks had further cut the Great Dane lead to seven.
Healy put UAlbany back up by double digits with a fadeaway jumper as the shot clock expired with 6:33 remaining. The Great Danes had held Hartford scoreless for nearly three minutes following the Hawks’ surge.
The Hawks pulled back within double digits but UAlbany went on a quick run to take a 13-point lead, 36-23, with 3:34 remaining in the first, prompting a Hartford timeout.
UAlbany went on an 11-0 run to take a 45-23 lead with 2:10 to go in the first. Campbell had hit each of his first six shots from the floor, including two from three, and added two free throws. The Great Danes had held Hartford scoreless for another three minutes.
Hartford finally ended UAlbany’s run with a three to cut the lead to 45-26, and then converted an and-one to trail 45-29 with just under one minute remaining in the half.
The Hawks forced a UAlbany shot clock violation, but turned the ball over as they held for the last shot of the half on their ensuing possession. UAlbany got the ball back with 2.3 to go, but came away empty, and headed into the locker room leading 45-29. The Great Danes had led by as many as 22 in the first half.
Campbell led all scorers with 16 points, one shy of his season high, on 6-6 shooting. He also grabbed five rebounds. Healy added 10 points and three assists. The Great Danes shot 58.1% from the floor in the first 20 minutes, and forced 11 Hartford turnovers. In the Danes last game, against New Hampshire, they only recorded five total assists. Saturday, they had eight in the first half.
The 16-point halftime advantage was two more than UAlbany had over Hartford in the first meeting of the season between the teams at SEFCU Arena in January.
After ending the first half on a 6-0 run, Hartford opened the second on a 6-0 run, cutting the deficit to 10 within 80 seconds of the restart. A turnover and a foul in transition sent the Hawks to the line, where they hit both attempts to cut the lead to 45-37. The Hawks’ run extended to 10-0 to start the second, prompting a UAlbany timeout.
Campbell broke Hartford’s run with his seventh straight made field goal with 17:37 to go. After the Hawks cut the lead to six, Ahmad Clark hit a three-pointer to put UAlbany up nine with 15:54 remaining.
Campbell hit his eighth-straight field goal to put UAlbany up 10 with 14:41 to go. His perfect game would end at eight after a missed hook shot from eight feet.
With 12:07 left in the second, Hartford had cut the led to five after back-to-back threes. Adam Lulka put UAlbany back up seven immediately on the other end.
A third-straight three from Hartford cut UAlbany’s lead to 58-54 with 10:42 left and prompted a Great Dane timeout.
Four quick points from Kendall Lauderdale and Clark put UAlbany up eight with 8:35 to go. Hartford responded with a 5-0 run to cut the lead to three. The Great Danes had gone more than three minutes without scoring before Malachi De Sousa drove in for a layup with 4:54 to go to put UAlbany up 66-61.
With 3:57 to go, Hartford tied the game at 66 following a 5-0 run. Lulka put UAlbany back up two immediately on the other end with a contested layup. Neither team scored for the next two-plus minutes until Hartford tied the game at 68 with 1:15 to go.
After a missed three from Healy, the Great Danes forced a turnover on defense and got the ball back with the game tied with 38.3 remaining.
The Hawks grabbed the rebound off a missed driving layup from Clark, and missed a baseline jumper on the other end as time wound down. They grabbed the offensive rebound and kicked the ball out deep past the three-point line to launch a last-ditch shot that bounced twice off the rim before falling away harmlessly and sending the game into overtime.
UAlbany had shot 1-7 from three to end regulation, and had not score for the final three-plus minutes of the second half. Clark broke the Danes’ scoreless drought with a layup to take an early lead in overtime, but Hartford came back to hit a three and take their first lead of the game, 71-70, with 3:54 to go in overtime.
Another three put Hartford up 74-70 with 3:22 remaining. The Hawks score eight straight points following Clark’s layup, forcing a UAlbany timeout with 2:31 to go.
Campbell broke a 10-0 run with a three-pointer to cut UAlbany’s deficit to five with 1:30 left. It was the first time UAlbany scored in two and a half minutes.
After a UAlbany timeout, Hartford drew a foul and hit one of two free throws. Next, the Hawks drew an offensive foul on UAlbany to get the ball back with 54.6 remaining and leading 79-73. UAlbany forced a turnover, leading to a layup from Lulka to cut the lead to 79-75.
UAlbany fouled on the ensuing possession, and Hartford hit one of two to go up 80-75 with 17.5 remaining. Lulka scored on the other end, before Hartford escaped the initial trap and drew five seconds off the clock. UAlbany was able to foul with 5.0 remaining to send Hartford back to the line. Hartford hit both to go up 82-77. Clark hit a three at the buzzer to make the final score 82-80 in favor of the Hawks.
Before Clark’s three, UAlbany had hit on just one of their previous nine from behind the arc. Campbell led all scorers with 24 points, one shy of his career-high, while shooting 9-11 from the floor, including 4-5 from three. Three other Great Danes, Clark, Lulka, and Healy, scored in double-figures, to match the four Hawks in double-figures.
UAlbany had outscored Hartford 42-9 in bench points, and 18-6 in second chance points. However, the Danes shot just 2-10 from thee in the second half, finishing 9-25 for the game. Hartford shot 60.0% from behind the arc, and 50.0% overall.
Next: UAlbany plays its regular season finale on the road at Binghamton on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. The America East quarterfinal final round will be played on Saturday, March 9.