UAlbany Men's Basketball Comeback Short in 61-50 Loss at UVM
Men’s Basketball Score: Vermont 61, UAlbany 50
Location: Burlington, Vt. – Patrick Gymnasium
Records: UAlbany (16-7, 4-4 AE), Vermont (17-5, 7-0 AE)
Short Story: With David Nichols scoring his 1,000th career point, the UAlbany men’s basketball team nearly erased an 11-point halftime deficit, but fell to the defending America East champion Vermont 61-50 on Wednesday night.
- UAlbany: Greig Stire shot 6-for-9 from the field for 14 points and seven rebounds, leading the team in both categories. David Nichols had 11 points and two blocks.
- Vermont: Trae Bell-Haynes led all players with 21 points, adding three rebounds. Everett Duncan had a double-double off 10 points and 11 rebounds.
- With a layup with 7:16 left in the 2nd half, Nichols earned his 1,000th career point. He is the 11th UAlbany player in the DI era to score over 1,000 points.
- UAlbany held Vermont to 61 points, the lowest point total for the Catamounts in a game this season.
- 8:00-0:00 1st half: Vermont finished the first half with a 16-4 run, including eight points by Trae-Bell Haynes, to lead at halftime 34-23.
- 18:22-17:22 2nd half: Greig Stire twice in consecutive possessions hit layups and one to pull UAlbany within five 36-31.
- 11:06-7:16 2nd half: Three times Vermont scores to go back up two scorers, three times UAlbany countered to get back within two points.
- 3:45-0:18 2nd half: With a six-point lead to begin the final stretch, Vermont held UAlbany to three points in the last 3:45.
Quote: “Another hard-fought game, we had a tough scoring drought. We got to within 45-43 and had a great possession of defense, but Ernie Duncan hit [a deep three]. Give credit to Vermont, they do not beat themselves or waver from the gameplan. We had opportunities, we just didn’t take advantage of them.” - UAlbany head coach Will Brown
Recap: The UAlbany men’s basketball team nearly came back from down 11 at the half to pull within one possession with seven minutes to play, but fell short to defending America East champion Vermont 61-50 on Wednesday night.
Early on, UAlbany’s man-to-man defense held Vermont to one basket in the first five minutes. UAlbany focused on play inside the arc, netting its first three baskets from inside 10 feet for a 6-2 advantage.
Vermont looked primarily to the three-point line to get points, with UAlbany staying slightly ahead. A few more layups by Greig Stire plus a three-pointer and two free throws from David Nichols pushed UAlbany ahead 17-13 midway through the 1st.
A Trae-Bell Haynes fast break layup and a second chance, kick-out three from Peyton Henson put Vermont in front with 8:41 in the 1st. Alex Foster powered his way into the paint to get the lead back to UAlbany 19-18.
Vermont struck back with fast break attacks, led by Bell-Haynes, plus saw success with putbacks. Vermont finished out the first half on a 16-4 run, with eight scored by Bell-Haynes, to put the Catamounts ahead 34-23 at the break.
Into the second half, UAlbany returned to powering into the paint for points. After an exchange of baskets, Stire earned a pair of layups while fouled, adding both free throws. The UAlbany defense held Vermont to five points in the first eight minutes of the 2nd, adding points from Travis Charles and Devonte Campbell to pull to one possession at 39-37 Vermont.
Back and forth the teams traded baskets, with Vermont keeping ahead by at least one possession. With 7:16 left, Nichols notched a layup on the run for his 1,000th point, making it 45-43 Vermont.
The next possession, Ernie Duncan hit a long three at the shot clock buzzer for Vermont. Adding free throws, the home team built its lead back to eight with 5:15 left. Twice, UAlbany kept with two possessions off a putback by Stire and a one-hand floater in the paint by Nichols. UAlbany was down 53-47 with 3:45 to go.
Despite a late layup by Campbell, UAlbany could not get close the gap of its deficit. Everett Duncan’s corner three with 1:08 remaining effectively sealed the game for UVM. Vermont took the win 61-50.
UAlbany heads back on the road this weekend for a battle with rival Stony Brook on Saturday, January 27th at 7 p.m. on Long Island.