Men's Basketball Drops America East Opener to Vermont, 80-51
Score: Vermont 80, UAlbany 51
Location: SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Records: UAlbany (5-11, 0-1 AE); Vermont (11-4, 1-0 AE)
Short Story: UAlbany opens the America East schedule with a lopsided loss at home, 80-51 to visiting Vermont.
Coach Brown: “I thought Vermont played great. I thought it was very important for us to get off to a good start. I didn’t express that to the team but I thought deep down it was important to get off to a good start, get the crowd into it, and get some confidence. And then before I could blink we were down 12-2. We were like a deer in headlights. We had made great progress the last couple of weeks and I thought we had done a really good job of getting better. Got a great amount of respect for Vermont and their program. I just thought that we got down 12-2 and our guys were shocked and hit the panic button a little bit. When they get into a flow it’s like running into a buzz saw. You have to give them an awful lot of credit. We’ll watch the film and get better.”
- UAlbany shot 1-12 to start the game
- UAlbany missed its first nine three-point attempts
- After falling behind 2-0, Vermont went on a 20-0 run
- Anthony Lamb scored 10 of Vermont’s first 16 points
- Vermont out-rebounded UAlbany 23-13 in the first half
- Vermont started the second half on an 11-2 run
- Vermont shot 54% for the game
- Ahmad Clark finished one point shy of his second straight double-double
Playing in their first game of the New Year, the University at Albany men’s basketball team kicked off America East play against Vermont at SEFCU Arena on Saturday night.
The UAlbany and Vermont coaching staffs each wore sweatsuits as part of the Coaches Cure CF event, raising awareness and funding for research into cystic fibrosis. Vermont was picked to win the America East in this year’s preseason coaches’ poll, and the evening’s matchup featured the top two scorers in the league through the completion of the non-conference schedule in Vermont’s Anthony Lamb and UAlbany’s Ahmad Clark.
Vermont scored 12 straight points after UAlbany took an early 2-0 lead, prompting a UAlbany timeout. The Great Danes had started the game shooting 1-8. The Great Danes’ scoreless streak lasted more than eight minutes, spanning a 20-0 Catamounts run.
Cameron Healy broke UAlbany’s scoreless streak with a fadeaway jumper with 10:07 left in the first half, the Great Danes’ first points in nine minutes.
With 5:14 left in the first, Antonio Rizzuto hit UAlbany’s first three, draining his shot from the corner. UAlbany had missed nine straight attempts from behind the arc to start the game.
Vermont entered halftime leading 36-19. Lamb led all scorers with 10 points, despite playing just six minutes due to foul trouble. Adam Lulka, who was a game-time decision with a wrist injury, led UAlbany with eight points. The Great Danes shot just 8-27 from the floor and 2-12 from three in the first half, and got to the free-throw line only once. Vermont’s bench outscored UAlbany’s 18-0 over the first 20 minutes.
The Catamounts scored four quick points to go up 40-19 early in the second half before Brent Hank grabbed an offensive rebound and scored a layup. Vermont’s run to open the second half extended to 11-2.
With 13:08 left in the second Clark hit one of two free throws to score his first point of the game. He had started 0-9 from the floor but had grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Vermont hit five straight shots to go up by 30, 63-33, with 9:22 left in the second.
After missing his first 10 shots, Clark hit two straight, scoring five straight points for UAlbany to cut the lead to 66-40 with 7:43 remaining.
Vermont went on to win 80-51. Lamb finished with 16 points in 18 minutes, while Clark finished with nine points and 10 rebounds. Lulka led UAlbany with 15 points. The Catamounts shot 54.4% from the floor for the game, including 63% in the second half, and outscored UAlbany 31-2 off the bench.
Next: UAlbany has a week off before hosting Maine on Saturday, January 12 at 3:00 p.m.