Men's Basketball Second-Half Suffocating Defense Shuts Down Hartford, 56-46
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Redshirt freshman guard Peter Hooley recorded his first career double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the University at Albany over Hartford, 56-46, on Saturday, Jan. 19 at Chase Family Arena. The Great Danes have won four in a row and are 5-1 in the America East.
Hooley led the Great Danes with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds, both career highs. Sam Rowley was two rebounds short of his fourth consecutive double-double, having recorded 17 points and eight rebounds.
As a team, UAlbany held Hartford's offense, in the second half, to 14 points, which broke the program's previously Division I record of allowing points in half (16 vs. New Hampshire, 1st half).
UAlbany (16-4, 5-1 America East) began the second half with a 16-3 run to wipe away a five-point first-half deficit with a 43-35 second half lead. Rowley led the stretch with six points.
Hartford (10-9, 3-3 America East) came back with a 6-2 run to cut the deficit to four, 45-41, with 9:29 remaining in the contest. Mark Nwakamma led the run with five of the six points.
The Great Danes responded with their own 5-1 run to extend their lead to eight, 50-42, with 4:55 left. Rowley went a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line to help extend the lead.
For the final 4:55, UAlbany's defense held Hartford to just four points. From the charity stripe, the Great Danes shot 4-of-6 to close out the game.
Hartford held a five-point advantage, 32-27, at the half. Yolonzo Moore II paced the Hawks and all scorers with 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
UAlbany was led by redshirt-freshman guard Peter Hooley at the half, with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and six rebounds. As a team, the Great Danes shot 34 percent (11-32) from the floor and tallied 21 rebounds.
The Great Danes begin a four-game homestand, beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 23 against Boston University at SEFCU Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcasted on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.