Men's Basketball Hosts Vermont On ESPN3 For Coaches Vs. Cancer
THE STARTING FIVE
1. Coaches Vs. Cancer On ESPN3
UAlbany (16-5, 5-2 America East) continues its four-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 26 against Vermont (12-7, 5-2 America East) on ESPN3 at 7:30 p.m. The Great Danes fell to the Catamounts earlier this season in Burlington, Vt., 70-45. Saturday's contest will be in support of the Coaches vs. Cancer event with both coaching staffs wearing sneakers to promote the American Cancer Society's work to save lives from cancer. During Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers weekend, coaches across the country will be showing their support, too. Learn how you can get involved at coachesvscancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.
2. Seasons First Overtime
In a battle against Boston University on Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Terrier's DJ Irving hit two-consecutive three-pointers in six seconds to force the game into overtime for the first time this season for UAlbany. BU snapped UAlbany's four-game winning streak with the 85-80 victory, led by John Papale's 11 of the team's 22 overtime points.
3. Plenty Of Scorers
A bright spot in the overtime loss to Boston U. was that UAlbany had five players in double-figures, first time that occurred this season. Jayson Guerrier kept the Great Danes in contention in the first half, shooting a perfect 4-of-4 on the floor for 11 points. Sam Rowley and Peter Hooley's scoring production continues to rise since being put into the starting lineup, tallying their fifth and second consecutive double-digit scoring performances.
4. Still Climbing The Charts
Mike Black, despite a tough shooting night, scored 20 points with a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line against the Terriers. His 20 point performance was his seventh of the season and his 79th career contest in double-digits. The senior guard moved up to sole posession of 12th all-time at UAlbany in scoring with 1,362 points.
5. Block City
Senior center Blake Metcalf has zoned in on swatting opponents shots away the past two games, tallying two games with two blocks. With those four blocks, Metcalf has accrued 66 career blocks which is ninth best at UAlbany. The Camby, Ind. native is three away from Jason Graber's 68 for eighth best at UAlbany