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Men's Basketball Hosts Binghamton for 22nd Big Purple Growl

UAlbany Sports Information   02-01-2019

ALBANY, N.Y. – Riding a two game winning streak, the University at Albany men’s basketball team returns to SEFCU Arena Saturday night to host Binghamton in the 22nd annual Big Purple Growl.

 

All fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt.  Before the game, the men’s lacrosse team will receive their NCAA Final Four rings in a ceremony on the court starting at 6:45 p.m.

 

UAlbany (7-15, 2-5 AE) has followed up its season-long five-game losing streak by winning two in a row, over Hartford and most recently over New Hampshire.  Against the Wildcats, the Danes gave up the first five points before coming back to take the lead for nearly the entire remainder of the game.  Closing out the first half, junior guard Ahmad Clark went on a personal 13-0 run, scoring 13 of UAlbany’s final 16 points in the half.

 

Clark finished the game with 25 points, including 18 in the first half.  Freshman Cameron Healy was perfect from the free-throw line for the third-straight game, having now hit 18 in a row to bring his season average to .923, which ranks fifth in the country.  Defensively, UAlbany held New Hampshire to 24.1% shooting, including 20.0% in the second half.

 

Binghamton last played Hartford, falling to the Hawks by 26, 86-60.  In their previous game, against Maine, the Bearcats snapped a four-game skid against the top four teams in the America East after opening their conference schedule with a victory over New Hampshire.  Last season, UAlbany split the regular season meetings with Binghamton, falling in Vestal 79-66 before winning in Albany 71-54 to close the season.

 

Despite matching conference records UAlbany’s two-game winning streak has pushed the Danes into sixth place in the America East, one game ahead of the Bearcats by overall record.  Vermont retains its top spot since defeating Stony Brook, while the Seawolves have fallen to third after dropping their game against defending conference champion UMBC, who has moved into second place.

 

Following the game against Binghamton, which will close out the first half of the conference schedule, UAlbany will visit Vermont on Saturday, February 9 to kick off the second half.

 

THE OUTLOOK: BINGHAMTON (6-16, 2-5 AE) | Saturday, February 2, 7:00 p.m. | Albany, N.Y.

 

Last we met: W, 71-54, February 27, 2018, Albany, N.Y.

 

Tale of the Tape

 

  • UAlbany is 4-6 at home this season
  • Binghamton is 1-10 on the road
  • UAlbany is 13-8 in Big Purple Growl games
  • Binghamton is UAlbany’s most-played opponent in program history
  • UAlbany has won 15 of their last 16 against Binghamton, including 14 straight from 2011-17
  • Binghamton defeated LIU Brooklyn 68-67; UAlbany lost 80-77
  • Binghamton defeated New Hampshire 69-58; UAlbany won 62-42
  • Binghamton lost to Stony Brook 59-46; UAlbany lost 67-66
  • Binghamton lost to UMBC 68-49; UAlbany lost 65-64
  • Binghamton lost to Vermont 78-50; UAlbany lost 80-51
  • Binghamton lost to UMass Lowell 85-79; UAlbany lost 84-72
  • Binghamton defeated Maine 78-66; UAlbany lost 66-62
  • Binghamton lost to Hartford 86-60; UAlbany won 84-77
  • Binghamton leads the America East in blocked shots and rank eighth nationally (5.18)
  • Cameron Healy leads in FT% and ranks fifth nationally (.923)
  • Ahmad Clark leads in assists (4.3)

Series History: UAlbany leads 71-30

2017-18 Record: 11-20, (2-14 AE); ninth place AE

Top Offensive Player: Sam Sessoms, Fr., G, (18.0 / 3.6 / 3.3)

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