Men's Basketball Falls at #3 UMBC 62-54
Score: #3 UMBC 62, #6 UAlbany 54
Location: UMBC Event Center in Baltimore, Md.
Records: UAlbany (12-20, 7-9 AE); UMBC (20-12, 11-5 AE)
Short Story: The UAlbany men’s basketball is eliminated from contention in the America East quarterfinals, falling on the road at #3 UMBC 62-54.
Coach Brown: “Congratulations to UMBC, I thought they played really well. They got us on our heels and really bothered us with their pressure. The key to the game for us was to not turn the ball over, and I thought the one thing that would really hurt us was live-ball turnovers. We turned the ball over and they got some easy baskets. In the conference tournament, usually the team that can get more easy baskets and give up fewer easy baskets is the team that’s going to win. I’m proud of my team. I’m proud of Devonte Campbell. He was the leader of this team all year long and he sacrificed for the betterment of our program. And I’m obviously excited about our program because of our youth. We started five guys today that had never experienced a conference tournament before, but credit to UMBC, they did a great job. It was a good learning experience for our young guys. And congratulations do Devonte Campbell and Rayshawn Miller, our two seniors, who were great for our program.”
- Malachi de Sousa scored five of UAlbany’s first eight points
- UAlbany committed nine turnovers in the first half
- UAlbany out-rebounded UMBC 17-10 in the first half
- The lead changed 11 times in the first half
- UMBC opened the second half on a 6-0 run
- UMBC recorded nine steals
- De Sousa finished with 15 points, matching his career-high
- Three Retrievers scored in double-figures
The University at Albany men’s basketball team was eliminated from contention in the quarterfinal round of the America East Tournament Saturday, falling to #3 UMBC in Baltimore 62-54. UMBC will advance to the semifinal round, and will await its opponent from Saturday’s remaining three games.
Malachi De Sousa opened the game drawing a foul driving to the hoop and hitting both free throws to put UAlbany up 2-0 within the first 10 seconds. Cameron Healy hit a three a minute later to put UAlbany up 5-0.
UMBC got on the board with 17:40 to go with a three pointer. Another three-pointer following an empty UAlbany possession gave UMBC its first lead with 16:30 remaining in the first.
De Sousa ended UMBC’s 6-0 run with a three of his own to put UAlbany back on top with 16:11 remaining. The teams entered the first media timeout tied at eight. UMBC had hit its last three shots after missing their first three to start the game.
By the second media timeout, UMBC had taken a four-point, 15-11 lead by hitting their previous three shots and six of their last eight.
Adam Lulka hit a layup to break a two-and-a-half-minute scoring drought for the Great Danes, cutting the deficit to two with 10:58 remaining. Antonio Rizztuo put UAlbany back on top with a three on the Danes’ next possession. UMBC had not scored in the previous 2:29.
With 5:53 remaining in the first half, UMBC snapped a 2:52 combined scoreless drought, and a 3:15 Retriever drought, with two free throws to go up 21-20. The Retrievers had missed their last four shots from the floor, and hit just one of their last seven.
UMBC forced the third UAlbany shot clock violation of the first half on the ensuing possession, leaving the Danes’ scoring drought at 3:23. The Retrievers broke their own four-and-a-half-minute field goal drought with a layup following the turnover to go up three.
UAlbany had now gone scoreless for the previous 4:55, committing four turnovers during that stretch. But UMBC had only made one of their last seven shots from the floor to hold a narrow 23-20 lead with 3:50 remaining before halftime.
Healy hit a three to end UAlbany’s five-plus minute scoring drought and cut UMBC’s lead to 25-23 following the final media timeout of the first half.
UMBC took a 29-25 lead into halftime. Healy led all scorers with nine points, while De Sousa added seven. UAlbany had shot just 9-23 from the floor in the first half, including 4-13 from three. UMBC had forced nine UAlbany turnovers while committing just three of their own. The Great Danes were outrebounding the Retrievers through the first 20 minutes 17-10. UAlbany and UMBC swapped the lead 11 times in the first half.
A quick 4-0 run for UMBC to start the second half drew a timeout from UAlbany head coach Will Brown. The Retrievers took a 10-point lead on their next possession, 35-25.
Campbell ended UMBC’s 6-0 opening run with a layup to cut the lead back to eight, and the Great Danes forced a turnover on the defensive end. Ahmad Clark cut the lead to six, before UMBC hit a three to end a two-plus minute scoring drought.
The Retrievers used an 8-0 run to take a 15-point lead with 10:17 remaining in the second. UAlbany had not scored in nearly five minutes and had committed three turnovers during that stretch. Clark finally broke the drought with a driving layup to bring the score to 46-33.
With 4:42 remaining, De Sousa hit a three to break a 2:31 scoring drought for the Great Danes, cutting the UMBC lead to 54-39. Clark hit a three to extend UAlbany’s run to 6-0, and De Sousa drew a foul and hit both free throws to cut the lead to 10 with 2:55 left.
UMBC broke UAlbany’s 8-0 scoring run to go up 56-44 with 2:05 to go. It was the first time the Retrievers had scored in more than three minutes.
Campbell hit a three with 10.6 remaining to cut the lead to seven, and Campbell hit a deep three with 4.2 remaining to cut the lead to six, but the Great Danes ran out of time and ultimately fell by a final score of 62-54.
De Sousa matched his career-high with 15 points to lead all scorers. Campbell added 12, outscoring each of the UMBC players. The Retrievers saw three players score in double-figures, and led by as many as 18 in the second half.