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Men's Basketball Defeats Canisius 83-57

UAlbany Sports Information   11-13-2019

Score: UAlbany 83, Canisius 57

 

Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.

 

Records: UAlbany (1-1); Canisius (0-2)

 

Short story: UAlbany bounces back with a wire-to-wire, 26-point victory over visiting Canisius ahead of the first road trip of the season.

 

Key Stats

 

  • UAlbany opened the game on an 8-0 run
  • The team combined to shoot 2-15 from three to start the game
  • UAlbany did not make it to the free-throw line in the first half
  • Malachi de Sousa recorded his first career double-double
  • UAlbany shot over 55% from the floor in both halves
  • Four Great Danes scored in double-figures
  • Cameron Healy has hit a three in 34-straight games, and has started the year shooting 11-11 from the free-throw line

 

Coach Brown: “I’m proud of the way we responded to the opening night loss.  I thought we played with a tremendous sense of urgency tonight.  If you play tough, you have a chance to win, and tonight we played with the toughness we need to play with.  Playing unselfishly and with toughness on both sides of the ball is a recipe for success.  So we got the win, and we’ll enjoy it, but tomorrow we have to start preparing for Manhattan.”

 

Recap

 

Looking to bounce back after a disappointing season-opening loss to Lehigh, the University at Albany men’s basketball team welcomed Canisius to SEFCU Arena Wednesday night, with each team seeking their first victories of the season.  After taking a double-digit lead into halftime, the Great Danes, behind a team-effort 56.4% shooting, defeated the Golden Griffins by 26 points, 83-57.

 

UAlbany came out firing, opening up an 8-0 lead with 17:24 to go in the first.  Canisius clawed back to bring the game within three just under five minutes later, trailing UAlbany 14-11 with 12:37 remaining.

 

Canisius tied the game at 16 with 11:03 left in the first, capping off a 5-0 run.  Ahmad Clark hit a three to give UAlbany back the lead with 9:26 left in the half.  Neither team scored for the next two minutes and 40 seconds, when Malachi de Sousa hit a layup to go up 21-16.

 

After pulling within one with 5:43 to go, UAlbany went on a 9-0 run, including a sequence of five quick points from a Clark three-pointer and a transition dunk by de Sousa that put UAlbany up 30-20 with 3:24 left in the first half.

 

UAlbany entered the break leading by 11, 35-24.  Cameron Healy led all scorers for the second straight game with nine points on 4-7 shooting, including 1-4 from three, marking his 34th-straight game hitting a three-pointer.  The Great Danes collectively shot 57.1% from the floor in the first half, while holding Canisius to 33.3% shooting.

 

By the 15:25 mark in the second, both Healy and Clark had scored in double-figures, with Healy headed to the line to take UAlbany’s first free-throw of the night.  He converted his attempt, putting UAlbany up 15, 47-32.  Healy had run his consecutive free-throws streak to start the season to nine.

 

Canisius suffered through a 1-9 shooting drought that saw UAlbany open a 17-point lead, 52-35, with 11:43 left in the second.  The Golden Griffins had also hit just one of their last 12 shots from behind the arc.  At the same time, UAlbany enjoyed an 8-9 FG run that kept a Canisius comeback at bay.

 

Canisius followed up its 1-9 stretch by shooting 4-5, but could not put a dent in UAlbany’s lead, and still trailed 62-44 with 8:03 remaining.

 

Two free throws from Kendall Lauderdale with 6:50 remaining gave UAlbany its first 20-point lead.  The Great Danes’ overall 7-0 run saw them extend their lead to 71-46 with 5:40 to go.

 

With his 10th rebound with 5:23 remaining, de Sousa recorded his first career double-double, and the first double-double for a UAlbany player since Healy went for 31 and 10 on February 2, 2019 against Binghamton.

 

UAlbany went on to claim a 26-point victory while never allowing Canisius to hold a single lead.  The Great Danes shot 56.4% from the floor over the course of 40 minutes, including 57.1% in the first half.  The defense held Canisius to just 34.5% shooting all night, including 4-23 from behind the arc.  The defense also held the Griffins’ leading scorer, Malik Johnson, to just nine points.

 

Clark and Healy led all scorers with 20 points each, while Lauderdale (11) and de Sousa (10) each added their own double-figure scoring. 

 

Up next: UAlbany plays Manhattan on Saturday, November 16 in its 2019-20 road opener.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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