UAlbany Men's Basketball Set for Rematch at UMBC
BALTIMORE, Md. – The UAlbany men’s basketball team will get set for a rematch against UMBC in a matchup of two of the top four teams in the America East on Sunday, February 18th at 1 p.m. in Baltimore.
The game will be broadcast online on AE on ESPN3 and will be on the radio in the Albany arena with Rodger Wyland and Brian Mariano on the call.
This is the third straight road game for UAlbany and final regular season road contest in America East play this year. UAlbany’s final two conference games will be at home on the 24th and the 27th. A win on Sunday would secure at least one home game in the AE Tournament for UAlbany.
UAlbany won its second straight game, and third in a row on the road, with a 91-81 victory at UMass Lowell on Thursday, holding fourth place in the America East at 8-5 and 20-8 overall. UMBC also has won its last two, the last a 68-59 victory at New Hampshire on Sunday, to stand in second place in the America East at 9-3 and 18-9 overall.
UAlbany took down UMBC 83-39 in SEFCU back on January 21st. The Great Danes have won eight consecutive games against UMBC, and 17 of the last 18, to lead the all-time series 25-7.
KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS):
--Stop Lyles: UMBC’s Jairus Lyles is the AE’s top scorer at 20.9 ppg.
--Defense!: UAlbany held UMBC to 39 points on Jan. 21, its lowest score of the season.
--Ride the Trio: Joe Cremo, David Nichols and Travis Charles have double digit points the last five games.
FOURTH STRAIGHT 20-WIN SEASON: With its win at UMass Lowell on February 15th, UAlbany secured its fourth consecutive 20+ win season, and fifth in six years. In addition, UAlbany has won at least 15 games in 12 of the past 13 seasons.
This season, UAlbany earned its first-ever 6-0 start in its Division I history. UAlbany’s 12 pre-America East play victory count is the best in its history, surpassing 11 in 2015-16 and 2012-13.
STREAKS: Greig Stire has earned at least one board in each of the past 99 games, including a single game record 15 rebounds at Hartford on January 22nd, 2017.
Joe Cremo has scored points in each of his last 94 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 65-game scoring streak. Stire has scored in 53 consecutive games while Travis Charles has a 48-game scoring streak.
BOX OUT!: Through 28 games, UAlbany has outrebounded its opponents in 22 contests, standing with the second-best rebounding margin in the America East at +6.4, and 22nd in all of Division I. First in the league is New Hampshire at +6.5. Greig Stire (8.2), Travis Charles (5.4) and Alex Foster (4.4) stand in the top-20 in the America East in rebounding.
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 1,383 career points, having averaged 14.3 points per game in his career.
David Nichols joined the 1,000-point club on January 24th with 11 points at Vermont. His 1,090 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.
STEADY STIRE: A former walk-on turned scholarship player, Greig Stire has been one of the constants in the UAlbany lineup the last four seasons. Stire is tied for sixth in UAlbany history with 126 total games played and fourth with 94 starts. With 690 career rebounds, he is six boards away from being in the top-10 in rebounds in UAlbany history.
SCOUTING UMBC: UMBC will be playing its second-ever game in the new Event Center. The team is in the top-10 in Division with 284 three-point field goals. The top scorer in the America East, senior guard Jairus Lyles shoots 45.1% for 20.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists a contest. In the post is sophomore forward Arkel Lamar, getting 11.7 points and six boards a game.