Men’s Basketball Celebrates Senior Day Against New Hampshire on Thursday Night

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ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany men’s basketball (14-13, 8-6 AE) hosts New Hampshire (6-21, 4-10 AE) in its home regular season finale on Thursday night at SEFCU Arena.

UAlbany picked up its second America East road win last Wednesday night at Binghamton by a score of 57-48. It was the first time the Great Danes have won when scoring less than 60 points. Will Brown’s squad was previously 0-7 when recording 60 points or less.

The Purple & Gold shot the lights out in the first half, going 11-19 (.579) from the field. The Great Danes also allowed just one free throw attempt in the second half.

Peter Hooley led UAlbany with 13 points, and three Great Danes scored 10 points or more, including Gary Johnson (12) and DJ Evans (10).

Sam Rowley tallied his seventh 10-rebound game of the season with 10 boards to go with six points.

LAST WE MET

UAlbany leads the America East series against the Wildcats 16-13. The Great Danes dropped their regular season meeting in Durham on Jan. 23 by a score of 60-56. The loss ended a three-game winning streak in the series for the Purple & Gold.

DJ Evans scored 22 points in the January contest to lead all scorers. The senior point guard went 7-for-11 from the field with four rebounds and just one turnover. The only other double-digit scorer for UAlbany in that game was Gary Johnson who totaled 20 points. Johnson also led the team with eight rebounds.

SENIOR DAY

The Great Danes will celebrate the careers of five seniors on Thursday night, including four-year seniors Luke Devlin and John Puk and junior college transfers DJ Evans, Gary Johnson and David Wiegmann. Devlin, Evans and Puk have all found their way into the Division I program record book in numerous categories. Puk will graduate as the Division I leader in career blocks with 104 to date. Devlin ranks top-10 in career offensive and defensive rebounding, as well as single-season rebounding average. Evans ranks tied for second in single-game steals (6) and single-game three-point shooting percentage (6-8, .750), both set in games this season.

DEJA VU

The Wildcats made a bid to upset UAlbany’s senior day last season, but the Great Danes pulled out the 56-49 win behind 23 points from Mike Black. Sam Rowley scored 11 points to go with five rebounds in that game last season.

MODELS OF CONSISTENCY

Gary Johnson has reached double digits in scoring in his last 11 games, the longest double-digit league-only scoring streak since Logan Aronhalt went 11 games with 10 or more points to open the 2011-12 America East season.

Dallas Ennema has made at least one three in eight of his last nine games. The freshman ranks second in conference-only three point shooting percentage (.484).

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE

• In their last meeting, three Wildcats scored in double figures, including Jordon Bronner (14), Daniel Dion (13) and Chris Pelcher (11).

• UNH went 20-for-24 (.833) from the line, while the Great Danes went just 9-for-15 (.600). The free throw discrepancy proved to be the difference, as both teams shot poorly from the field and the three-point line.

• The Wildcats enter the game against UAlbany having lost four consecutive games and six of their last seven.

• Bill Herrion’s squad has won four of its six games this season in conference play, including against the Great Danes earlier this season.

• Two of New Hampshire’s four conference wins have come on the road, at UMass Lowell and at Stony Brook.

• Albany native Chris Pelcher leads New Hampshire, nearly averaging a double-double with 11.2 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game. Jacoby Armstrong is New Hampshire’s only other player averaging double figures with 10.6 ppg.