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Men's Basketball Falls in Season Opener to Lehigh 74-70

UAlbany Sports Information   11-09-2019

Score: Lehigh 74, UAlbany 70

 

Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.

 

Records: UAlbany (0-1); Lehigh (1-1)

 

Short story: UAlbany’s comeback attempt falls just shy in a season-opening defeat against Lehigh, 74-70.

 

Key stats

 

  • Cameron Healy scored 12 first-half points, and finished with a game-high 21
  • Lehigh shot 50% from the floor in the first half
  • Lehigh outscored UAlbany 22-8 in the paint in the first half, and 46-18 during the game
  • Three Great Danes, Romani Hansen, Trey Hutcheson, and Mitch Doherty, made their career debuts
  • Each team saw three players score in double-figures

 

Coach Brown: “You have to give credit to Lehigh.  I thought they played well, and did a real good job being patient offensively.  I was very surprised by our play.  This was not the team we’ve seen the last two weeks on the court.  I thought we played with great energy for eight to 10 minutes, and that’s somewhat disappointing.  But it is early in the year, and you learn an awful lot about your team at this point.  You tweak, you adjust, and you hope you have some rhythm and flow come December and you’re ready by conference play.  But credit to Lehigh, and we just have to get back to work.”

 

Recap

 

Hosting Lehigh University in their 2019-20 season opener, the University at Albany men’s basketball team made a furious comeback from 17 points down to fall just shy at the end, succumbing to the Mountain Hawks 74-70.

 

Cameron Healy scored the first points for UAlbany on the young season, knocking down a jumper to go up 2-0 in the first minute of the game.  With 13:35 to go, UAlbany capped off an 8-0 run to take a five-point lead, their largest of the night, up 12-7.  From there, the teams traded baskets before Lehigh went on a 9-0 run mid-way through the first to take a 25-17 lead with 5:39 to go.

 

Healy led all scorers at the break with 12 points.  UAlbany had shot just 32% from the floor, and just 27% from three.  Lehigh shot 50% and outscored UAlbany by 14 points in the paint.

 

Early in the second half, Lehigh used a 12-2 run spurred by an 8-9 shooting stretch to take a 16-point lead over the Great Danes.  Healy broke the Mountain Hawks’ run with a three-pointer to cut the lead to 51-38 with just over 13 minutes remaining.  Lehigh’s largest lead grew to 17, up 56-39, with 11:25 left in the second.

 

With 4:01 remaining, Malachi de Sousa hit a three in the corner to cut the Great Danes’ deficit to 10 as part of a 7-0 scoring run that ultimately cut the Lehigh’s lead to six.

 

De Sousa hit another three to cut the lead to four with 36.0 remaining.  The Danes’ press forced a turnover in the backcourt on the ensuing possession.  After drawing a foul, Hansen hit one of two free throws to cut the lead to 73-70 with 8.7 remaining.

 

Lehigh drew a foul on their next play, and hit one of two free throws with 4.2 remaining to bring the lead back to four, and would go on to win 74-70.

 

Healy finished with a game-high 21 points, while Antonio Rizzuto added 12 and Ahmad Clark scored 11.  Lehigh outscored UAlbany 46-18 in the paint, and shot 50.8% from the floor.  UAlbany shot just 8-29 from behind the arc, and 19-58 overall, but did draw 31 free throws, knocking down 24.

 

Next: The Great Danes host Canisius on Wednesday, November 13.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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