Men's Basketball Pulls Away From SUNY Potsdam, 78-52
Score: UAlbany 78, SUNY Potsdam 52
Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (2-2); SUNY Potsdam (3-1)
Short story: Men’s basketball uses a big second half to put away SUNY Potsdam 78-52 ahead of their three-game weekend at Quinnipiac.
- Kendall Lauderdale made his first career start
- Antonio Rizzuto made his first start of the season
- UAlbany missed its first six free throws
- Cameron Healy led all scorers with 15 points
- UAlbany shot 46% from the floor, and 43.5% from three
- UAlbany outscored Potsdam 34-24 in the paint and 28-14 off the bench
Coach Brown: “I thought Potsdam played well, and I thought they played extremely hard. I thought they had a very talented group. We were sloppy in the first half, and in all reality, it was our offense that led to our struggles. We didn’t play good, solid, winning basketball. We got the ball moving a little bit better in the second half. Now we need to move forward for a tough stretch of three games in three days.”
The University at Albany men’s basketball team found itself back in the winner’s column Tuesday night with a victory over visiting SUNY Potsdam in the first of four games in the Great Danes’ slate for the Bobcats Invitational. After a tight first half, UAlbany pulled away in the second to win 78-52.
Following a scoreless first minute, Ahmad Clark put the Great Danes on the board with a three-pointer with 18:57 remaining in the first. Shortly after, following a 6-0 run by the Bears, Cameron Healy hit a three-pointer, extending his made-threes streak to 36 games, and tie the game at six.
With 12:55 remaining in the first, Potsdam took a four point lead, 13-9. Antonio Rizzuto gave UAlbany back the lead, 14-13, with a three pointer with 11:41 to go.
After Potsdam went ahead 16-14, UAlbany used a 7-0 run to take a 21-16 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the half. With 4:54 to go before the break, Potsdam had clawed back within three and trailed 25-22.
With 3:07 before halftime, Mitch Doherty hit UAlbany’s first free-throw of the night, with the Danes having shot 0-6 from the line to start the game. One minute later, a pair of Potsdam free-throws tied the game at 26.
Five points in less than a minute put UAlbany up 31-26 with one minute to go. UAlbany ultimately ended the half on an 8-0 run and took a 34-26 lead into the locker room.
Potsdam forced 12 UAlbany turnovers in the first half, leading to nine points. UAlbany shot just 3-11 from the line in the first half, but shot 46.4% from the floor. The Great Danes’ defense held Potsdam to 25.7% shooting, including 22% from three, in the first.
Potsdam scored first in the second half, giving way to a 7-0 UAlbany run. The Great Danes extended their run from the first half to 15-3. UAlbany had opened up its first double-digit lead of the night, 39-28.
With 8:01 remaining, UAlbany had built a 20-point lead. The Danes capped out on a 15-0 run to take a 26-point lead. Potsdam had hit just one of its previous nine shots from the floor, and just one of its previous 14 from behind the arc.
Potsdam hit a three with five-and-a-half minutes remaining to end UAlbany’s scoring run, but the Great Danes continued maintained their advantage for the remainder of the game, finishing with a 26-point, 78-52 victory.
Healy led all scorers with 15 points. In addition to extending his made three-pointers streak to 36 games, he went 2-2 from the line, and has now hit 15-15 on the season, and 16-straight overall. UAlbany’s bench outscored Potsdam’s 28-14, and the Great Danes asserted dominance in the paint by a margin of 34-24, while out-rebounding the Bears 49-39. Clark finished with 14 points and five assists, and Rizzuto finished with 11 points.
Up next: The Great Danes head to Hamden, Conn. to continue the Bobcats Invitational with three games in three days starting Friday, November 22.