Men’s Basketball Raises $12,000 for Cancer Council of South Australia in Will Brown’s 200th Career Win
ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany men’s basketball (9-7. 4-0 AE) downed Binghamton (2-17, 1-3 AE) 73-58 for head coach Will Brown’s 200th career win on Wednesday evening. More importantly, the Great Danes lent a hand to the Undies Run for Bowel (Colon) Cancer awareness and research, raising $12,000 and counting.
“I think we did what we needed to do tonight, which was get to 4-0” said Brown. “We’re happy about that, and we need to continue to focus on getting better. I’m even more excited at hearing that we raised so much for the Cancel Council of South Australia. I’m really happy that this community and this university came together for a tremendous cause.”
The Great Danes started slowly, but built into a 7-0 run mid-way through the first half. A three from Wheeler Baker marked a 5-for-7 clip from the field over a three-minute span to give UAlbany a 15-5 lead early on.
Binghamton strung together a 5-0 spurt as the Great Danes went 0-for-4 from the field with three turnovers. Two free throws from Justin McFadden put the Bearcats within six points, 17-11 with 6:22 on the clock in the first half.
Tommy Dempsey’s squad crept within four points, but a tip-in from Mike Rowley gave the Great Danes some breathing room late in the half. Two free throws from Peter Hooley and a three-pointer off the hands of Ray Sanders put UAlbany up nine, 24-15.
A 10-1 run for the Purple & Gold to end the half led to a 34-18 advantage at the break. UAlbany is now 8-2 when leading at halftime in 2014-15.
A Bearcats 2-3 zone couldn’t stop Sam Rowley from tallying 10 points at the break. The Great Danes had 22 points in the paint to Binghamton’s eight at the half.
Hooley tallied the first two field goals of the second half for Will Brown’s squad with back-to-back threes. A 4-for-4 clip from the charity stripe thanks to Sanders kept UAlbany comfortably ahead, 44-30.
After the Bearcats came within nine points mid-way through the second half, three-pointers from Baker and Hooley extended the Great Danes lead back to double digits, 54-40.
The party beyond the three-point line didn’t end there, as Dallas Ennema put the Purple & Gold ahead 57-42 with less than eight minutes to go.
Free throws put the game away, with the Great Danes coming away victorious, 73-58.
The contest against the Bearcats marked a number of individual career highs for the Danes. Mike Rowley brought down a career-best eight boards in addition to a career-high 13 points. Evan Singletary dished out a career-high seven assists.
Through the sale of wristbands and donations at the door, UAlbany raised nearly $6,000 in Wednesday’s game against Binghamton. An anonymous donation matching the amount raised from a family attending the game brought the total to $12,000. All proceeds are set to benefit the Cancer Council of Australia and the annual Undies Run for Bowel Cancer on Sunday, Jan. 18 in Adelaide, Australia.
“I can’t think of a better way that the community has embraced us as Australians,” said Sam Rowley. “As foreigners, this night is really amazing. This makes you smile the way people come together for something like this.”
“I’m at a loss for words,” said Peter Hooley. “It’s an amazing community, and the way the everyone has rallied around this cause I can’t thank you for enough. It’s really special for me, and I’m glad we got the win to cap off a terrific night.”
UAlbany men’s basketball (8-7, 4-0 AE) visits Stony Brook (11-7, 2-1 AE) on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 19 in a rematch of the 2014 America East Championship Game. The contest will tip at 7:00 p.m., on ESPN3.