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Men's Basketball Defeats Presbyterian 65-60

UAlbany Sports Information   11-24-2019

Score: UAlbany 65, Presbyterian 60

 

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

 

Records: UAlbany (4-3); Presbyterian (1-6)

 

Short story: UAlbany men’s basketball records consecutive victories for the first time this season, holding off Presbyterian in the final game of the Bobcats Invitational, 65-60.

 

Key stats

 

  • Cameron Healy scored UAlbany’s first five points
  • Presbyterian shot 0-5 from three in the first half
  • UAlbany shot 6-6 from the line in the first half
  • UAlbany outscored Presbyterian 16-8 in transition
  • UAlbany outrebounded Presbyterian 20-13 in the second half
  • Healy finished with a game-high 22 points

 

Coach Brown: “Three games in three days is brutal, it’s tough.  I’m proud of how resilient our guys were this weekend.  We hadn’t seen the type of offense Presbyterian plays yet this season, and they went really small.  I don’t like to play four guards, but with some of our injuries we’ve had to piece it together a little bit.  At times we looked good offensively, and at others I’m watching with one eye open and one eye closed.  But I’m proud of our guys, and I thought we played tough when we needed to play tough.  We did what we need to do to win, and it's nice to get out of here winning two out of three.”

 

Recap

 

The third game in three days saw the University at Albany men’s basketball team facing Presbyterian, their final opponent in the Bobcats Invitational at Quinnipiac.  After leading by eight mid-way through the first half, the Great Danes saw their advantage shrink to one at the break, before holding off the Blue Hose in a tight second half 65-60.  The victory marks the Danes’ first winning streak of the season.

 

Right away, Cameron Healy extended his three-point streak, sinking a shot from the top of the arc to bring his made-threes streak to 39 games, and give UAlbany a quick 3-0 lead.  Soon after, Healy drew a foul and hit both free-throws, putting the Danes up 5-2.

 

UAlbany built a seven-point lead with 14:58 left in the first half following a transition dunk from freshman Trey Hutcheson, making his second-straight start.  A dunk from Brent Hank pushed UAlbany’s lead to eight, 19-11, with 6:59 to go in the first.

 

Scoring in the middle of the first half came at a premium, with Presbyterian snapping a nearly three-minute scoring drought to cut UAlbany’s lead to 19-13, while UAlbany suffered a 1-8 field goal stretch.

 

Presbyterian went on a 5-0 run to cut their deficit to 21-18 with 4:24 left in the first.  The Blue Hose followed their run with a three-minute scoring drought, allowing UAlbany to stretch the lead back to five.

 

Presbyterian forced a turnover late in the first and scored on the ensuing in-bounds play under UAlbany’s basket as time expired, bringing the halftime score to 25-24 in favor of the Great Danes.  The Blue Hose had outscored UAlbany 13-6 in the final seven minutes of the half.  Healy led all scorers with nine points, and the UAlbany defense had held Presbyterian to 0-5 shooting from three in the first 20 minutes.  Presbyterian had outrebounded UAlbany 21-15, but UAlbany outscored Presbyterian 6-1 in transition.  The teams combined to shoot just 1-14 from behind the arc in the first.  Each Great Dane to see the floor in the first half scored at least two points.

Presbyterian immediately took their first lead coming out of the locker room, hitting a layup and drawing a foul, but missing the free throw to hold a 26-25 lead.  Healy drew a foul in the lane on the ensuing possession and hit both free throws to put UAlbany back up one.

 

With 16:31 remaining, Hutcheson hit a three to put UAlbany up six, 37-31.  A 6-1 run from the Blue Hose cut the lead back to one, before a jumper in the corner from Healy put UAlbany back up three, 40-37, with 12:41 to go.

 

Healy hit a three after an empty Presbyterian possession to extend UAlbany’s lead back to six.  Healy ultimately scored eight-straight points to put the Danes up nine, their largest lead of the afternoon.

 

With 7:47 left in the second, Presbyterian finally hit its first three of the game, after missing each of its first nine attempts.  The make cut UAlbany’s lead to five, 48-43.  Presbyterian continued to eight unanswered points to tie the game at 48 with 6:48 to go.

 

Ahmad Clark snapped UAlbany’s four-minute scoring drought, hitting one of two free throws, and giving UAlbany a one-point lead.  Presbyterian hit a three from the top right corner to take a one-point lead, 53-52, with 4:29 to go, and extended their lead to three after forcing a UAlbany turnover on the ensuing possession.

 

Clark tied the game at 55 with a driving layup with 2:42 to go.  Presbyterian hit two free throws followed by a layup from Clark to keep the game knotted at 57.  After holding serve on defense, UAlbany called timeout with 1:34 to go.

 

Out of the timeout, Clark launched a deep, contested three-pointer as the shot clock expired, but Romani Hansen grabbed the offensive rebound and converted the put-back to put UAlbany up 59-57.

 

The Great Dane defense forced a turnover on Presbyterian’s ensuing possession, and Clark drew a foul bringing the ball up the court.  Clark hit both free throws to put UAlbany up four with 30.8 seconds remaining.

 

Clark iced the game with two more free throws, giving UAlbany the victory, 65-60.  Clark scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, and scored each of UAlbany’s final six points, all from the line.  Healy finished with a game-high 22 points, and UAlbany bounced back to outrebound Presbyterian 20-13 in the second half.

 

Up next: UAlbany next plays at home against American on Saturday, November 30 following a break for Thanksgiving.

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