Men's Basketball Defeats Maine 63-54
Score: UAlbany 63, Maine 54
Location: Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine
Records: UAlbany (9-17, 4-7 AE); Maine (5-22, 3-9 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany guts out a tough win at Maine, overcoming a nine-point first half deficit to clinch a 63-54 victory and earn some separation in the conference standings with five games to play.
Coach Brown: “It’s a funny game. You don’t play tough a few days ago and then you go on the road for the longest trip of the year and you play tough against a team that plays really physical and has great length. Our guys were disappointed with the way we played the other night, and I think they were anxious. It didn’t look like that for the first couple minutes of the game when Maine was doubling us everywhere and speeding us up. But once we settled down, we did some really good things. It’s a good win to get, and it gets us above the cluster in the league.”
- Maine opened the game on a 6-0 run
- Ahmad Clark recorded five first-half assists
- UAlbany hit eight of nine free throws in the second half
- Maine shot 50.0% from the floor in the second half
- Maine shot 25.0% from three
- Four Great Danes scored in double-figures
- UAlbany outscored Maine 13-4 in second chance points
Looking to bounce back from its most lopsided loss of the season, the University at Albany men’s basketball team kicked off a two-game road trip with a visit to Maine on Sunday. Against the Black Bears, the Great Danes fell behind by as many as nine in the first half, only to claw their way back and take a six-point halftime lead, before going on to win by nine, 63-54.
In the first meeting of the season, Maine shot lights out from three, doubling their season average for the game en route to a 66-64 victory. Sunday, the Black Bears struggled from behind the arc, shooting just 3-12.
Maine opened Sunday’s game on a 6-0 run. UAlbany’s first basket didn’t come until 16:18 left in the first when Cameron Healy drained a three to cut Maine’s early lead in half. Ahmad Clark hit a layup to cut the lead to one, before Maine scored each of the next six to go up 12-5 with 14:18 to go in the first.
With 12:57 remaining in the half, Maine had extended its lead to nine, the Black Bears’ largest of the afternoon. UAlbany took its first lead of the game with 5:23 to go in the first when Healy hit another three following a missed Black Bear layup. After trailing 19-10, the Great Danes closed the first half on a 25-10 run to take a six-point lead into the break.
Maine shot just 1-7 from three in the first half, compared to 6-17 from deep for UAlbany. Healy led all scorers at the break with 16 points on 5-7 shooting, including 4-6 from three. Ahmad Clark had dished out five assists to go with his nine points, and Adam Lulka had grabbed seven rebounds in the first 30 minutes.
The Black Bears used another 6-0 run at the start of the second half to tie the game at 35 with 16:43 to go. Over the next 10 minutes of game time, UAlbany would pull ahead by as many as four at a time, but Maine came back to tie the game four times. With 6:46 remaining, the Black Bears regained the lead, 48-47. It would be the final time Maine would lead in the game.
UAlbany responded to Maine retaking the advantage by rolling off a 10-0 run over the next three and a half minutes, leading 57-48 with 3:08 to go. Maine’s last comeback attempt twice cut the lead to six, but UAlbany went on to win by nine, 63-54.
Healy ended the game leading all scorers with 16 points, leading four Great Danes in double-figures. Lulka finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, shooting 7-11 from the field. After shooting 4-26 from behind the arc against UMass Lowell last week, the Great Danes bounced back to shoot 8-23 against the Black Bears.
Next: UAlbany continues its two-game road trip with a visit to Stony Brook on Thursday, February 21 before returning to SEFCU Arena to host UMBC on throwback night on Saturday, February 23.