UAlbany Men's Basketball Routs Maine 84-66 Off Strong 1st Half
Men’s Basketball Score: UAlbany 84, Maine 66
Location: Bangor, Maine – Cross Insurance Center
Records: UAlbany (14-5, 2-2 AE), Maine (4-15, 1-3 AE)
Short Story: The UAlbany men’s basketball team held Maine to 10 first half points, leading to an 84-66 road victory on Saturday afternoon.
- UAlbany: Joe Cremo had his third 20+ point game in his last four contests, earning 22 points, six rebounds and four assists. Travis Charles concluded with 19 points and five rebounds while Ahmad Clark finished with 15 points off the bench.
- Maine: Aaron Calixte led the Black Bears with 16 points, adding three assists. Danny Evans had 14 points off the bench.
- UAlbany allowed just 10 points to Maine in the first half, the lowest scoring half for an opponent this season. Iona had 23 points in the first half on November 10th. UAlbany held Maine to four field goals in the first half and 13.3% shooting.
- UAlbany went 35-for-44 from the free throw line, tying a program single game record for free throws made, with the Great Danes hitting 35 free throws at Brown on December 10, 2013. 44 free throws attempted is also a new program single game record. Cremo and Charles each went 9-for-10 from the free throw line, while Clark was 7-for-9.
- 20:00-18:00 1st half: UAlbany held off Maine on the first four defensive possessions, starting on a 7-0 run capped by a Joe Cremo corner three.
- 17:44-10:23 1st half: UAlbany kept Maine scoreless for over seven minutes, going on a 17-0 run with primarily layups and free throws for a 24-3 lead.
- 7:00-0:00 1st half: UAlbany outscored Maine 18-3 in the final seven minutes to take a 48-10 advantage into halftime.
- 9:39-4:23 2nd half: Maine scored 18 points straight to pull within 22 at 76-54 UAlbany.
Quote: “This is usually over toughest trip of the year travel-wise, and our guys came out with tremendous energy and enthusiasm on the defensive side of the ball. We knew Maine had been playing well, and our goal was to make things difficult for [Aaron] Calixte, which I thought we did, and on offense, we wanted to get a piece of the paint every possession.” - UAlbany head coach Will Brown
Recap: The UAlbany men’s basketball team held Maine to 10 points in the first half, the lowest amount in a period allowed by the Great Danes this season, en route to an 84-66 road victory on Saturday afternoon.
UAlbany’s man-to-man defense held Maine to just one field goal in the opening six minutes. All five UAlbany starters scored before the first media timeout for a game-opening run of 7-0, finished by a kickout three by Joe Cremo.
UAlbany’s defense continued to hold down Maine with forced misses and a David Nichols drawn charge at halfcourt on Maine’s top scorer Aaron Calixte. A new run continued as Travis Charles and Greig Stire hit layups underneath and Cremo had threes and free throws. The run built to 17-0 as UAlbany led 24-3 with 10:46 left in the first half.
The Great Danes began to see their points primarily on the free throw line. At 30-7, UAlbany scored nine straight, including a Devonte Campbell three, for a 39-7 advantage. Charles and Cremo combined for another 9-0 sprint towards the end of the half, giving UAlbany a 48-10 advantage at the break.
Play was back and forth at the start of the second half as UAlbany resumed going after the paint. Maine began the second with a 7-3 spurt, and after some exchanges, UAlbany led 59-24 with 13:55 in the period.
Ahmad Clark took over the floor and notched nine of UAlbany’s next 11 points, along with a pair of free throws for Costa Anderson, to push advantage the 69-26 with 12:16 left. Later, another Anderson three and two more Charles free throws made the score 76-36 with 9:40 to play.
Fast break attacks and defense by Maine led the Black Bears to score the next 18 points, pulling to 76-54 with 4:23 left.
UAlbany stopped the run with free throws by Charles and Clark, putting the lead back to 24 at 79-55 with three minutes to go. Maine kept chipping away, but UAlbany’s overall advantage held true the remainder of the half as the Great Danes won 84-66.
UAlbany has a quick turnaround, playing at Binghamton on Monday, January 15th at 7 p.m.