Men’s Basketball Hands Stony Brook First Home Loss to Remain Unbeaten in League Play
STONY BROOK, N.Y.- University at Albany men’s basketball (10-7, 5-0 AE) did not back down from the Island Federal Credit Union Arena challenge on Monday night, taking down Stony Brook (12-8, 3-2 AE) at home for the first time in 2014-15 with a 64-47 victory.
“They’ve never lost in here, I thought it was a gutsy effort tonight,” said head coach Will Brown. “We did a nice job of mixing it up defensively, not allowing Stony Brook to get in a rhythm. This game was all about tempo, if we didn’t turn the ball over offensively good things could happen.”
Dallas Ennema made his first career start, and didn’t waste any time hitting a three to open the game. After Evan Singletary and Ray Sanders got on the board, UAlbany was 3-for-3 from the field in the opening moments.
After managing five points, the Seawolves went cold from the field for four minutes. Stony Brook was just 2-for-11 from the field in the first eight minutes.
The Great Danes took advantage, going on a 10-0 run. Sam Rowley scored four-straight points to give the Purple & Gold a 12-5 lead. Sanders and Singletary added two points apiece to earn UAlbany’s first double-digit lead, 16-5 with 12 minutes to go in the first half.
But Steve Pikiell’s squad responded, going on an 11-point run in just three minutes to come within two points, 18-16.
Despite a faster pace from Stony Brook, Sanders and Singletary combined for eight points mid-way through the half to regain a five-point lead. The Great Danes took a six-point advantage into the break, 31-25 thanks to a late three from Ennema.
Singletary had 10 points at halftime, while Sam Rowley led the Purple & Gold with eight rebounds.
Ennema picked up in the second period where he left off, draining back-to-back jumpers. The teams went up and down early on, but costly Stony Brook turnovers gave UAlbany some breathing room.
After Jameel Warney picked up his third foul at the 13:21 mark, the Purple & Gold pushed forward to take a 45-31 lead shortly thereafter.
UAlbany maintained a double-digit lead over the next five minutes thanks to a tight 2-3 zone; but Stony Brook began to crawl back with three minutes left. Bryan Sekunda drained three from the corner to put the Seawolves within six with 2:46 to play.
The Great Danes did what they do best down the stretch, making 11 of 12 free throws to take a 17-point win, 64-47.
Evan Singletary topped all UAlbany scorers with 21 points. Sam Rowley tacked on 16 points and 13 boards for his fourth double-double of the season. The senior forward notched the 12th double-double of his career.
Stony Brook shot only 11 free throws, converting on just five (.455). UAlbany went 19-for-23 from the charity stripe. The Seawolves shot 4-for-22 (.182) from three-point land.
The Great Danes have now won eight of their last nine games, with a 5-0 record in America East play and a 3-0 showing on the road.
UAlbany faces its next road test at Hartford (11-7, 4-1 AE) on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.