Men's Basketball Gets Back On The Right Track, Defeats Binghamton 79-46

 

 

ALBANY, N.Y. - A top to bottom effort on both ends of the court from the entire University at Albany squad to defeat Binghamton, 79-45, on Saturday, Feb. 2 at SEFCU Arena. UAlbany had 11 of its 13 total players score at least one basket and outscored Binghamton's bench, 37-2.

UAlbany's (17-7, 6-4 America East) Jayson Guerrier led all scorers with 18 points, shooting 5-of-7 from behind the arc. Guerrier's five three-pointers tied a career best. The senior guard combo of Jacob Iati and Mike Black found a way to get the shooting monkey off their backs, shooting a combined 11-of-16 and 5-of-9 from behind the arc for 29 combined points.

A dominant defensive first-half for the Great Danes, as they shut down the Bearcats to just 14 points on 6-of-19 shooting. The 14 points allowed tied a season-best for the lowest points given up in any half, previously against Hartford on Jan. 19, 2013 (2nd half).

UAlbany jumped out to a 15-point lead late in the first half, 27-12, with 6:53 remaining. Guerrier hit his second three-pointer of the half.

The Great Danes held the Bearcats to just one more basket, 40-14, for the final 6:46 in the first half. Iati led all scorers at the half with 13 points.

More of the same continued in the second half, as UAlbany extended its lead to as high as 37, 68-31, with 7:32 left. During that stretch, junior college transfers DJ Evans and Gary Johnson hooked up for a highlight alley-oop with 11:14 remaining in the contest.

The night was capped with freshman walk-on guard Reece Williams scoring his first career bucket for the Great Danes 79th point.

The Great Danes‘ 23 assists was one assist shy of a season-best, which was recorded against South Carolina State (24) on Nov. 20, 2012. As a team, UAlbany shot 47.8 percent (11-23) from behind the arc.

UAlbany hits the road for two games, beginning with UMBC on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the RAC. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.