Sam Rowley Tallies 10th Career Double-Double in 75-59 Loss at UNLV



LAS VEGAS, NEV.- Senior forward Sam Rowley recorded his second consecutive double-double of 2014-15 in University at Albany men’s basketball’s (2-3) 75-59 loss at UNLV (4-1) on Saturday. Rowley scored 17 points in addition to bringing down 10 rebounds.

UNLV went to the basket early, looking to take advantage of its size on the inside. An early under-the-basket opportunity came up empty for the Rebels. Dave Rice’s team took the early cue and began asserting itself from the three-point arc, and did not turn the ball over.

The Great Danes were slow to generate much offense early, unable to tally a field goal until Mike Rowley hit a free throw line jumper at the 16:45 mark. Thirty seconds later the sophomore forward picked up his second foul and took a seat on the bench.

UAlbany continued to struggle to get going, committing three early turnovers while the Rebels shot lights-out from the three-point line. UNLV did not turn the ball over until the 12:56 mark in the first half, and went 6-for-12 from three in the first 20 minutes.

When Brown called timeout at the 11:08 mark, the Great Danes were just 3-for-11 from the field and down 19-9.

After a nearly four-minute field goal drought, Peter Hooley and Ray Sanders hit back-to-back threes to send the Purple & Gold on a mini 6-0 run. Hooley took a charge on the other end to keep the score within six, 21-15.

The run didn’t last long, as Rashad Vaughn came back for five points to extend the lead to 11. With five minutes left in the second half, UNLV was 12-for-20 (.600) from the field, while Will Brown’s squad was just 8-for-22 (.364).

The Rebels went into the break with a 12-point lead, 37-25. UNLV tallied its highest first-half field goal percentage in five games, going 13-for-26 (.500). UAlbany went without a field goal for the final 3:54 of the period.

The second half commenced on a high note, as Sanders took a charge to keep the Rebels off the board. UNLV made its first field goal three minutes into the period, as the Great Danes went on a 9-5 run. UAlbany began the second half shooting 4-for-5 from the field behind baskets from Sam Rowley, Mike Rowley and Sanders.

The Rebels extended their lead back to double digits with five minutes gone, but another scoring run from Hooley brought the UNLV lead down to 7, 50-43 with 12:45 on the clock. Hooley scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half.

The Great Danes were in the bonus just under the 10-minute mark, in the midst of a field goal drought. Sam Rowley converted on a traditional three-point play to break the streak. The senior scored four of the team’s final nine points to earn his second straight double-double and 10th of his career.

UNLV held a 14-0 advantage in fast break points, but committed five more turnovers than the Great Danes (16-11).

UAlbany returns to SEFCU Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 3 to face the Patriot League’s Holy Cross (3-1) at 7:00 p.m.



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