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UAlbany Men's Basketball Returns to Challenge Rival Stony Brook

UAlbany Sports Information   01-08-2018

ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany men’s basketball team comes back to the SEFCU Arena for the next chapter against rival Stony Brook on Wednesday, January 10th at 7 p.m.

Rodger Wyland and Chris Onorato will have the call for AE on ESPN3.  Plus, the game will be broadcast on the radio on 104.5 the Team.

For ticket information for UAlbany basketball games, fans may contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.

This is a rematch of last year’s America East semifinal, a 63-56 victory for UAlbany on Long Island.

UAlbany is trying to get back in the win column, falling in its last two including a 64-61 defeat at New Hampshire on Wednesday to stand at 12-5 overall and 0-2 in the America East.  Stony Brook has won its last two games, coming off a 63-61 road victory at Hartford on Saturday, to enter at 7-9 overall and 2-0 in the league.

Last season, Stony Brook won both regular season meetings, on Long Island 72-70 on January 8th and in the Capital District 72-65 on February 4th, before 3-seed UAlbany knocked off the 2-seed Seawolves on March 6th in the league tournament.  UAlbany leads the all-time series 42-30, with Stony Brook leading the series during the America East era 23-17.

KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS): 
--Box Out!: UAlbany has been outrebounded in the last three games.
--Stop Yeboah: SBU’s Akwasi Yeboah is the team’s lone double digit scorer at 15.4 points a game.
--Go Cremo Go: Joe Cremo has averaged 21.5 points a game to begin league play.

PROMOTIONS:
--SUNY Night: SUNY employees may purchase $8 student section tickets with a valid SUNY ID.
--Stuyvesant Plaza $5 Vouchers: Visit stores in the Stuyvesant Plaza for $5 game vouchers for all games during the winter break.

CREMO JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB: With a 30-point performance vs. Holy Cross on November 25th, Joe Cremo surpassed the career 1,000-point mark.  Cremo now stands with 1,204 career points, having averaged 14.1 points per game in his career.  Cremo earned the 1,000-point mark in 74 games played 

David Nichols currently has 928 points, including 625 in the 2016-17 year, the second-highest single season in UAlbany history.  Nichols is 72 points away from 1,000.

Along with Cremo, ten UAlbany players have scored over 1,000 points in the DI era.

NICHOLS NAMED TO LOU HENSON AWARD WATCH LIST: UAlbany junior guard David Nichols has been named to the 2017-18 Lou Henson Award Preseason Watch List.  The Lou Henson Award is given each year to the top Division I mid-major player.

THE WALKING BUCKET: Nicknamed the “Walking Bucket” by head coach Will Brown after the win over Colgate, Travis Charles has earned double digit points in 14 of 17 games this season, averaging 14.4 points per contest and shooting 60.9% from the field.  He is also averaging 5.5 boards a contest.

STREAKS: Greig Stire has earned at least one board in each of the past 88 games, including a single game record 15 rebounds at Hartford on January 22nd, 2017.

Joe Cremo has scored points in each of his last 83 games going back to Nov. 19, 2015.  Cremo has also dished out at least one assist in each of the past 47 games.  David Nichols, scoring in each game all of 2016-17, is on a 54-game scoring streak.  Stire has scored in 42 consecutive games while Travis Charles has a 37-game scoring streak.

UALBANY PLAYERS IN THE RECORD BOOK: A couple of UAlbany players are approaching adding their names to the UAlbany record book.

Alex Foster added his name on December 20th, tying a UAlbany single game record 15 rebounds at Louisville.  Greig Stire earlier had 15 rebounds in a January 28th, 2017 win at Hartford.

Joe Cremo stands with 1,204 career points.  He is 210 points away from being in the top-10 in UAlbany history, and currently is 6th in the program’s DI history in points.  He is also first in career free throw % at 86.3%.

Travis Charles has a chance to set a career record.  He currently stands with a 60.8% field goal rate; the UAlbany record is 56.6% by Dick Crossett from 1962-65.

WELCOME TO NEW YORK: UAlbany will play ten regular season games against teams from the Empire State, including seven at home.  UAlbany will take on Iona, Oneonta, Colgate, Columbia, Siena, Canisius, Stony Brook (twice) and Binghamton (twice).  This season, UAlbany is 6-0 against in-state opponents.

SCOUTING STONY BROOK: Stony Brook has one player that averages double digit points per game: redshirt sophomore Akwasi Yeboah leads SBU is both points, at 15.4, and rebounds, 4.9, per game, shooting 49.4% from the field.  Senior Tyrell Sturdivant has a team-high 26 steals, averaging 9.8 points and 4.6 boards a contest while senior Junior Saintel shoots 45.4% for seven points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

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