Bill Ziskin

Men's Basketball Visits Vermont

UAlbany Sports Information   02-08-2019

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany men’s basketball team, riding a season-long three-game winning streak, will visit the top team in the America East, Vermont, on Saturday, February 9 to kick off the second half of the conference schedule.  The Catamounts will, unusually, be the second repeat opponent the Great Danes will face this season, having already played Dartmouth twice during the non-conference schedule after drawing the Big Green in the consolation round of the Belfast Classic in November ahead of the originally scheduled matchup two weeks later.

 

UAlbany (8-15, 3-5 AE) has rolled off three straight wins, against Hartford, New Hampshire, and Binghamton, after starting the conference schedule 0-5 and suffering back-to-back one-point, overtime losses to UMBC and Stony Brook.  During this stretch, the Danes are outscoring their opponents by 14 points per game.  In their most recent outing, against Binghamton, freshman Cameron Healy scored a career-high 31 points and tied the single-game program record for with nine three pointers on 15 attempts.  For good measure, he added a career-high 10 rebounds to record his first career double-double, and tied his career-high with two steals.

 

Vermont last played Maine, kicking off a stretch in which the Catamounts will play three straight home games.  Since a surprise loss at home to defending America East champion UMBC, the Catamounts have rolled off three straight at Stony Brook, at UMass Lowell, and home against the Black Bears.  Vermont has won each of the last three by an average of 17.0 points.

 

UAlbany opened the conference schedule this year hosting the Catamounts.  Despite scoring the first two points of the game, UAlbany saw Vermont roll off 20 straight, and really never look back.  The Catamounts’ Anthony Lamb, a preseason All-Conference selection, scored 16 points in just 18 minutes, including 10 points in just six minutes in the first half when he committed two quick fouls.

 

With their latest winning streak, UAlbany now sits in sole possession of sixth place in the America East, one half game ahead of Maine.  Vermont, since defeating Stony Brook, has retained its top spot, one game up on the Seawolves and currently holding the tiebreaker.  UMBC is third, one game behind Stony Brook, and UMass Lowell and Hartford are tied for fourth with matching conference records, with the Riverhawks one game up overall.

 

Following the game against Vermont, the Great Danes will return to SEFCU Arena for one game, against UMass Lowell on Wednesday, February 13, before spending their next two on the road at Maine and at Stony Brook.

 

THE OUTLOOK: VERMONT (18-5, 8-1 AE) | Saturday, February 9, 2:00 p.m. | Burlington, Vt.

 

Last we met: L, 80-51, January 5, 2019, Albany, N.Y.

 

Tale of the Tape

 

  • UAlbany is 3-7 on the road this season
  • Vermont is 9-2 at home
  • Vermont has won the last six games in the series
  • Both UAlbany and Vermont have three-game winning streaks
  • Against common opponents, Vermont is 10-1 and UAlbany is 3-8
  • Vermont leads the America East in scoring margin (+10.3) and FT% (.753)
  • Vermont’s Anthony Lamb leads in scoring (21.1)
  • Cameron Healy leads in 3FG (3.3) and FT% (.923), ranking fifth nationally in the latter
  • Ahmad Clark leads in assists (4.3)

Series History: Vermont leads 33-14

2017-18 Record: 27-8, (15-1 AE); first place America East, America East finalist, NIT First Round

Top Offensive Player: Anthony Lamb, Jr., F, (21.1 / 7.7 / 2.0)

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