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UAlbany Men's Basketball Back to SEFCU for Rematch vs. Maine

UAlbany Sports Information   02-22-2018

ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany men’s basketball team has returned home for its final two games of the America East regular season, starting with a rematch against Maine on Saturday, February 24th at 7 p.m.

For ticket information for UAlbany basketball games, fans may contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.

The game will be broadcast online on AE on ESPN3 and will be on the radio in the Albany arena on 104.5 the Team. 

UAlbany will play its next three games at home, including earning hosting rights to the first round of the America East Tournament as a top-4 seed.

UAlbany, which will play for the first time since Sunday, fell at UMBC 68-60, which snapped a two-game win streak.  UAlbany currently holds fourth place in the America East at 8-6 and 20-9 overall.  Maine has lost its previous four games, the last an 88-76 defeat at UMass Lowell on Wednesday, to stand in the eighth place in the America East at 3-11 and 6-23 overall.

The two teams met in Bangor on January 13th, with UAlbany outscoring Maine by 38 in the first half to take an 84-66 victory.  UAlbany has won four of its last five meetings vs. Maine, and 10 of the last 11, to lead the all-time series 22-13.

KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS):
--Start Strong: UAlbany outscored Maine 48-10 in the first half on January 13th.
--Defend Home Court: UAlbany is 12-2 in the SEFCU Arena this year.
--Go Joe Go: Joe Cremo is averaging 20 points per game in his last six contests. 

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 1,408 career points, having averaged 14.4 points per game in his career.

David Nichols joined the 1,000-point club on January 24th with 11 points at Vermont.  His 1,098 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 29 games, UAlbany has outrebounded its opponents in 23 contests, standing with the best rebounding margin in the America East at +6.4, and 18th in all of Division I.  Second in the league is New Hampshire at +6.2.  Greig Stire (8.1), Travis Charles (5.3) and Alex Foster (4.4) stand in the top-20 in the America East in rebounding. 

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. 

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 second in UAlbany history with 129 total games played and fourth with 96 starts.  With 703 career rebounds, he stands 10th in UAlbany history.

CAPITAL DISTRICT LOCALS: Three players local to the Capital District have remained home to suit up for the Great Danes this season.

From nearby Scotia comes junior Joe Cremo, a three-time Section II Class A champion at Scotia-Glenville, who earned 2015-16 America East Rookie of the Year. Senior forward Greig Stire has started the last three years in the frontcourt, taking Christian Brothers Academy in Albany to the 2012 Section II title.  At Albany Academy, sophomore Nick Fruscio took his team to a pair of Federation state titles, including as a senior team captain.

SCOUTING MAINE: Maine is tied for third in the league in field goal % defense at 43.9%.  Junior guard Aaron Calixte is Maine’s primary offensive threat, shooting 47.3% from the field and 90.4% on the line for 16.8 points and 3.1 assists per game.  In the post is sophomore forward Andrew Fleming,  averaging 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest.

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