Men's Basketball Heads To Baltimore To Face UMBC
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1. Round 2 In Baltimore
The University at Albany travels down to Baltimore, Md. to wrap-up the home-and-home series with UMBC on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at RAC Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Great Danes look to sweep the Retrievers in the home-and-home series for fourth consecutive time and sixth time overall since the 2003-04 season. UAlbany defeated UMBC earlier this season on Jan. 2, at SEFCU Arena, 65-48.
2. Back On Track
After losing three straight games, UAlbany got back on win column with a win over Binghamton, 79-46, on Saturday Feb. 2 at the Big Purple Growl. The 33-point margin of victory was the third largest in the program's Division I history. The Great Danes defeated Monmouth by 36, 85-49, on Nov. 21, 2011 and Green Mountain by 46, 101-55, on Nov. 16, 2000.
3. The Spark Getting Brighter
Junior College transfer Gary Johnson is proving to be more than just spark off the bench for the Great Danes. Following his career-best performance of 12 points and five rebounds versus Stony Brook, the 6-foot-6 junior guard filled the stat sheet with seven points, three assists and three steals, including the game's highlight alley-oop against Binghamton the next game.
4. A Deeper Bench
Behind the senior guard duo of Jacob Iati and Mike Black and the Aussie starting tandem of Peter Hooley and Sam Rowley, UAlbany's bench saw a great deal of action during Saturday's contest against Binghamton and performed well. The Great Dane bench outscored the Bearcats bench, 37-2, and were led by Jayson Guerrier's 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc.
5. The Watch For 1,400
Senior guard Mike Black tallied 13 points against Binghamton to bring his career total to 1,388 points. If Black can record his average points per game (15.3) against UMBC, then he will eclipse the 1,400 point barrier and get closer to UAlbany's top-10 all-time scoring list.