UAlbany Men's Basketball Begins Second Half of AE Play at Stony Brook
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The UAlbany men’s basketball team starts the second half of America East play this weekend with a rematch against Stony Brook on Long Island on Saturday, January 27th at 7 p.m.
The game at the Island Federal Credit Union Arena at Stony Brook will be broadcast on AE on ESPN3 and on the radio on 104.5 the Team.
This is a rematch and the same site of last year’s America East semifinal game, with then 3-seed UAlbany winning 63-56 vs. 2-seed Stony Brook. This is UAlbany’s last road game until February 11th.
UAlbany finished its first half of America East play with a 61-50 defeat at Vermont on Wednesday night, being in fifth place in the league at 4-4 and 16-7 overall. Stony Brook has fallen in its last two games, coming off an 82-79 overtime loss at UMass Lowell on Wednesday, for a sixth place standing in the America East at 3-4 and 8-13 overall.
UAlbany took the first meeting this season at SEFCU with a 78-65 victory on January 10th, the second straight victory in the series. UAlbany leads the all-time series 43-30, with Stony Brook leading the America East era series 23-18.
KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS):
--Stop Yeboah: UAlbany held Akwasi Yeboah, SBU’s top scorer, to six points last time.
--Go Greig Go: Greig Stire has had at least six rebounds the last eight games.
--Make Shots Count: Teams shoot 45.6% against Stony Brook.
UALBANY RANKED #20 MID-MAJOR IN NATION: UAlbany is ranked #20 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 on January 22nd, released every Monday. UAlbany is also the second-ranked mid-major team in the state of New York and from the America East. UAlbany has stood in the top-10 five weeks this year.
JUNIOR DUO 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 1,288 career points, having averaged 14.2 points per game in his career. Cremo earned the 1,000-point mark in 74 games played.
David Nichols joined the 1,000-point club on January 24th with 11 points at Vermont. His 1,002 career points includes 625 in the 2016-17 year, the second-highest single season in UAlbany history.
Along with Cremo and Nichols, 11 UAlbany players have scored over 1,000 points in the DI era.
BOX OUT!: Through 23 games, UAlbany has outrebounded its opponents in all but five contests, standing with the second-best rebounding margin in the America East at +6.7, and 24th in all of Division I. First in the league is New Hampshire at +8.3. Greig Stire (8.1), Travis Charles (5.4) and Alex Foster (4.9) stand in the top-15 in the America East in rebounding.
STREAKS: Greig Stire has earned at least one board in each of the past 94 games, including a single game record 15 rebounds at Hartford on January 22nd, 2017.
Joe Cremo has scored points in each of his last 89 games going back to Nov. 19, 2015, but lost a 52-game assist streak on January 24, 2018. David Nichols, scoring in each game all of 2016-17, is on a 60-game scoring streak. Stire has scored in 48 consecutive games while Travis Charles has a 43-game scoring streak.
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 7-1 against in-state opponents.
BASKETBALL IN ONE HAND, DEGREE IN THE OTHER: Two UAlbany players have earned their undergraduate degree and suit up as graduate students this year. Travis Charles graduated from UAlbany in 2017 with a B.A. in African Studies, while Alex Foster graduated from Bradley in 2017 with a degree in sports communication.
SCOUTING STONY BROOK: Stony Brook’s top scorer and rebounder is redshirt sophomore forward Akwasi Yeboah, who shoots 48.6% for 15 points and 5.1 boards per game. The team has only one other player averaging double figure points: junior point guard Jaron Cornish gets 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists a contest.