Will Brown Earns Win #250 as UAlbany Menís Basketball Head Coach with 84-65 Victory vs. Binghamton
ALBANY, N.Y. – With an 84-65 win over Binghamton on Thursday night, the UAlbany men’s basketball team won its 250th game under the tenure of head coach Will Brown.
UAlbany (11-9, 2-3 AE) shot a season-best 64.8% from the field, using an early 10-0 run, and a streak of 12 made baskets in 13 attempts, to pull ahead of Binghamton (9-11, 0-5 AE) in the middle of the first half. Binghamton pulled to within seven in the second half, with UAlbany bolting ahead with a 15-5 spurt to effectively seal the game.
Brown is just the third coach to earn 250 victories with an America East program, and only second to do so with the same team.
“I’ve been fortunate to coach a lot of terrific young men, some really good players that have done a lot of great things that helped build this program and sustain it,” said Brown.
“He has been through a lot here, and to be part of his 250th [win], it is a great accomplishment for him, and hopefully we can get a lot more in these three years that we are together,” said UAlbany guard Joe Cremo.
“He has worked very hard over these seasons, and he is very deserving of this, through recruiting and getting the right players and coaching staff, he deserved it,” said UAlbany forward Travis Charles.
UAlbany shot 70.8% in the first half, the highest shooting period this season surpassing 65.4% in the first half against UMass Lowell on January 5th. UAlbany also had 17 assists to only eight turnovers.
“Our guys did a real nice job being patient against the zone and not settling for jump shots,” said Brown. “Defensively, the 1-3-1 served its purpose for us today.”
David Nichols had a career day with 25 points, four points shy of his career-high, off 9-for-12 shooting with five assists and no turnovers. Cremo tallied 22 points on 9-for-13 from the field with six assists, five rebounds, two steals and one turnover while Charles completed his day with 14 points, hitting his first six shots, and five rebounds.
For Binghamton, Willie Rodriguez got 21 points and four rebounds while Marlon Beck II got 11 points and three boards.
Rodriguez hit Binghamton’s first two shots on jumpers for an early visitor lead, with the Bearcats later leading 6-2. After an exchange of threes, Cremo hit a running layup while fouled hard, followed by Nichols burying a three for a 10-9 UAlbany lead four minutes in.
Binghamton’s early success from three gave the Bearcats back the lead at 15-14. Following a turnaround jumper by Charles, Cremo hit his next two three-point attempts. The second, combined with the UAlbany defense holding the Bearcats without points for over five minutes, sparked a 10-0 run for the Great Danes leading 29-17 with 7:52 left in the 1st.
Though Binghamton broke the run, Charles countered with a jumper, UAlbany’s 12th made basket in 13 attempts at the time. With the outlier being a Devonte Campbell corner three, UAlbany continued its efforts inside the arc the rest of the half.
UAlbany’s hot shooting continued, with Charles hitting his first six field goal attempts, as the teams went back-and-forth with Binghamton. Everson Davis hit a layup in the final 30 seconds of the half as UAlbany led 40-31 at the break.
The strong offensive play continued as each side scored on its first three possessions, with Binghamton hitting threes on its final two to pull to within eight. UAlbany added scores on the next two off a Mike Rowley layup in traffic and two Nichols free throws for a 51-39 UAlbany lead 3:14 into the half.
A couple of free throws and a three by Rodriguez brought Binghamton back to within seven. The sides kept exchanging as UAlbany held a 10-point advantage at 59-49 with 10:49 left in the half.
Attacking off the zone, UAlbany scored on three straight layup attempts, the last off a fast break basket and one from Nichols, to build the lead to 66-49 with 8:38 left.
Yosef Yacob tried to get Binghamton back in the time with a couple of successive threes, but UAlbany’s guards continue to score and keep the lead strong. A layup and one by Campbell in the final two minutes pushed UAlbany up 80-63. A late Terrel Martin-Garcia layup set the final score at 84-65 UAlbany.
In celebration of Brown’s 250th victory, the UAlbany Ticket Office will be running a flash sale for 250 minutes tomorrow. A $2.50 ticket will be available online for our next home game on January 22nd at 2 p.m. against Maine. Act fast, as this offer will only be available tomorrow from 10:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. To take advantage of this offer, visit ualbanysports.com/tickets and select the “Men’s Basketball” tab.