Men's Basketball Travels To Durham To Face The Wildcats
THE STARTING FIVE
1. Traveling To Durham
UAlbany hits the road for back-to-back conference road contests with the first stop in Durham, N.H. to face the Wildcats of New Hampshire on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Lundholm Gym will be a tough test for the Great Danes with recent history not on their side. UAlbany is 4-7 all-time in Durham, having lost the last five contests at New Hampshire.
2. Instant Impact
Sam Rowley, previously one of the best options off the bench, has shown to be a true starter for UAlbany. In the last two games, Rowley has recorded his first two career double-doubles in his first two starts as a Great Dane. He is averaging 11.8 points and 10.0 rebounds through the first four conference games. The Sydney, Australia native tallied a career-high 21 points and 13 rebounds versus Binghamton, then matched his career-high in rebounds against Maine in the next game.
3. Career Night
Not to be outdone by Rowley's second consecutive double-double, senior guard Mike Black went off against Maine on Saturday night. Black scored a career-high 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting with four assists. The Chicago, Ill. native's previous career high of 26 points was against none other than Maine two seasons ago on Feb. 27, 2011
4. Tougher Roads Ahead
Having opened the season with a bang from behind the arc, fifth-year senior guard Jacob Iati is getting a lot of attention against conference opponents. Through the non-conference schedule, Iati hit 50 3FG but with conference opponents seeing Iati at the end of last season, he has been held to 7 3FGM in the first four league games. Iati is still in the nation's Top-10 in 3FGM and is 33rd in 3FG%.
5. Coming Out With A BANG!
Junior College transfer Gary Johnson has been patiently waiting for his name to be called for extended minutes on the court. On Saturday against Maine, Coach Brown called Johnson's name and he showed his athletic abilities. Mike Black stole from a Maine offensive player and on the fast-break dished off to Johnson, who threw down an impressive dunk to show that he was not going to waste his opportunity to show what he has to bring as a Great Dane.