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Men's Basketball Defeats Sacred Heart 72-65

UAlbany Sports Information   11-23-2019

Score: UAlbany 72, Sacred Heart 65

 

Location: People’s United Center in Hamden, Conn.

 

Records: UAlbany (3-3); Sacred Heart (2-4)

 

Short story: Career nights from Kendall Lauderdale and Antonio Rizzuto propel UAlbany to victory over Sacred Heart in their second of three games in three days.

 

Key stats

 

  • Freshman Trey Hutcheson made his first career start
  • Kendall Lauderdale scored 10 points in the first half, and a career high 18 overall
  • Antonio Rizzuto recorded a career-high eight assists
  • Sacred Heart shot 18-19 from the line
  • Sacred Heart outrebounded UAlbany 40-32
  • UAlbany shot 47.5% from the floor and 50% from three

 

Coach Brown: “I felt it was two different teams from last night to tonight.  We played two teams who are very similar in that they both try to outscore you, and I thought we did a much better job tonight being patient offensively, and our energy defensively was key.  Sacred Heart has more one-on-one players than Quinnipiac does, so they’re harder to guard off the bounce, and we did a better job playing them off the bounce than we did last night.  Our guys were upset about last night’s outcome, and I thought they responded nicely.  Trey Hutcheson set the tone for us tonight and battled with Sacred Heart’s 6’ 10” center, and Antonio Rizzuto’s energy on defense was through the roof.  We’ll go as far as our defense carries us this year.”

 

Recap

 

Looking to rebound from a tough loss against Quinnipiac to kick off a long weekend of games, the University at Albany men’s basketball team tipped off against Sacred Heart on Saturday for their middle game in the Bobcats Invitational.  UAlbany brought the energy this afternoon, outlasting the Pioneers 72-65 to jump back into the winner’s column.

 

Seemingly extending the three-point barrage UAlbany faced against Quinnipiac last night, Sacred Heart hit back-to-back threes to start the game, taking a quick 6-2 lead.  The Pioneers would cool off from behind the arc after hitting their first two, finishing the first half 4-13 from deep.

 

Ahmad Clark broke a 1-7 UAlbany shooting streak with a turnaround jumper in the key to keep UAlbany’s deficit at two.  On the next possession, UAlbany’s defense forced Sacred Heart into a shot clock violation.

 

Cameron Healy hit a three-pointer for the 38th-straight game, giving UAlbany a 11-10 lead with 13:46 left in the first half.  After hitting their first two from behind the arc, Sacred Heart missed their next six three-point attempts.

 

Sacred Heart retook the lead with 7:37 left in the first to go up 19-17.  Clark and Trey Hutcheson hit consecutive threes to put UAlbany up by four.

 

The Pioneers tied the game at 25 coming out of the fourth media timeout.  UAlbany pulled away to lead by as many as six in the final minute of the half, but Sacred Heart hit a three at the buzzer to keep their halftime deficit limited to just one, 33-32.

 

Kendall Lauderdale paced the Great Danes with 10 points in the first half, followed by Clark with nine.  Sacred Heart controlled the boards in the first 20 minutes, outrebounding UAlbany 21-15.

 

Sacred Heart scored the first four points coming out of halftime, taking a 36-33 lead with 18:12 to go.  Healy hit a three from the top of the arc to tie the game at 36 on the Danes’ ensuing possession.

 

After the game was tied at 38, UAlbany went on a 7-2 run to take a 45-40 lead with 11:50 to go.  Sacred Heart closed within one before Hansen hit a layup-and-one to put UAlbany up four.  Back-to-back jumpers from Healy and Lauderdale put UAlbany up eight with 9:12 to go, forcing Sacred Heart to call a timeout.

 

UAlbany led by as many as nine with 8:51 left in the second, before Sacred Heart pulled within five two minutes later.  With 3:22 to go, UAlbany maintained their five-point lead, 65-60.

 

After the Pioneers pulled within three, Clark hit a three to put UAlbany back up five with 1:51 remaining.  Hutcheson blocked a Sacred Heart shot attempt on the other end, and UAlbany retook possession.

 

Healy drew a foul on the defensive end with 17.7 seconds remaining and drained both free throws to put UAlbany up seven, which would prove to be the final margin, with UAlbany winning 72-65.  The Great Danes ended the game on a 5-0 scoring run, and held Sacred Heart scoreless for the final 2:15.

 

Lauderdale finished with a career-high 18 points on 9-13 shooting, and Antonio Rizzuto finished with a career-high eight assists.  Healy led all scorers with 24 on 8-12 shooting.  Sacred Heart drew 22 fouls to UAlbany’s 13, and outrebounded the Great Danes 40-32.  UAlbany outscored Sacred Heart 25-14 off the bench, and shot 46.7% from the floor, including 50% from three.

 

Up next: UAlbany closes out the Bobcats Invitational on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. against Presbyterian.

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