Men's Basketball Falls 86-69 to Quinnipiac
Score: Quinnipiac 86, UAlbany 69
Location: People’s United Center in Hamden, Conn.
Records: UAlbany (2-3); Quinnipiac (1-2)
Short story: UAlbany men’s basketball falls in their first of three games in three days, 86-69 to tournament host Quinnipiac.
- Brent Hank made his first start of the season
- Cameron Healy scored seven of UAlbany’s first 11 points
- Healy recorded surpassed his career high five assists with seven in the first half
- Quinnipiac outscored UAlbany 10-0 in transition in the first half
- Quinnipiac shot 52.6% from the floor and hit 17 threes
- Hank and Trey Hutcheson recorded career-highs in scoring
- Four Bobcats scored in double-figures
Coach Brown: “When it rains, it pours. We have to stop the bleeding, now. This loss should hurt, and sting, and if it doesn’t, then something’s wrong. You’re not going to win many games when you can’t keep the ball in front of you defensively, or if you go into somebody else’s building and let them play with much better toughness than you played with.”
Kicking off their three-games-in-three-days stretch, the University at Albany tipped off against Bobcats Invitational host Quinnipiac on Friday night, in Quinnipiac’s 2019-20 home opener. The Great Danes dropped their first game of the long weekend 86-69.
After Ahmad Clark scored the first two points of the game, Quinnipiac responded with a 9-0 run. Cameron Healy hit a jumper with 15:58 remaining to break Quinnipiac’s run. Healy scored five-straight points, hitting a three for the 37th-straight game, cutting the Bobcats’ lead to four.
Coming out of the third media timeout, Quinnipiac hit a layup to go up 27-18. Back-to-back threes for the Bobcats extended the lead to double-digits, 33-22.
Quinnipiac hit eight of nine shots from the floor, including four-straight threes, to take a 41-27 lead with 2:57 remaining in the first. Brent Hank scored with 1:31 to go, snapping a UAlbany scoreless streak that had lasted more than two minutes.
Quinnipiac took a 45-33 lead into halftime. UAlbany finished the half shooting 3-4 from the floor, but just one of their last six from three. Healy led the Danes with seven points and a career-high seven assists, while Kendal Lauderdale scored six on 3-4 shooting. The Bobcats shot 53.3% from the floor, and 8-16 from three in the first.
Trey Hutcheson snapped a quick 6-0 Quinnipiac run with a three pointer from the top of the arc to cut the Great Dane deficit to 62-49 with 13:25 to go in the second.
With 7:34 remaining in the second, Quinnipiac had opened a 19-point lead, 77-58, following a 9-0 run. The Bobcats’ run reached 12-0 before Healy ended it with a three from the top right corner. Healy’s personal 6-0 run cut the Quinnipiac lead to 80-64 with 5:28 remaining.
Healy’s consecutive free-throw streak to start the season ended at 16, missing his first of two with just over one minute remaining. His overall streak, dating back to last season, ended at 17.
UAlbany shot just 1-6 to end the game, ultimately falling 86-69. Clark led the way for UAlbany with 20 points. Healy finished with eight assists, and Hank and Hutcheson finished with career-highs in points with eight and 11, respectively. Quinnipiac shot 52.6% from the floor for the game, and hit 17 threes.
Up next: UAlbany plays Sacred Heart tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.