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Danes end jinx, run mark to 15-4

Thursday, January 17, 2013
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— It was a little scary at the end, but the University at Albany finally figured out how to beat the University of New Hampshire at Lundholm Gym Wednesday night.

After five straight losses and only four wins in the previous 11 meetings at UNH, the Great Danes held off the Wildcats, 68-62, to improve to 4-1 in the America East Conference and 15-4 overall.

“We have players who are buying into their roles, whether they are made to take shots or grab the rebounds, we are finding ways to win as a team,” said UAlbany head coach Will Brown about the rare victory at Lundholm.

“A lot of people question why we are 15-4. We may not be the most flashy team, but players are understanding what they are cap­able of doing on the floor and [they] are not trying to go outside their realm.”

Senior point guard Mike Black led the Great Danes with his second consecutive 20-plus scoring performance. After pouring in a career-high 28 points against Maine Saturday night, he finished with 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting along with six rebounds and four assists.

Sophomore forward Sam Rowley, from Australia, recorded his third straight double-double since he became a starter with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

New Hampshire (0-4, 4-12) came out of the intermission with a vengeance, scoring 18 points in the first five minutes of the second half to cut the deficit to just one, 35-34, with 14:31 left. The Wildcats hit five of six from behind the arc, two coming from Ferg Myrick.

UAlbany responded with a 14-5 run to extend its lead to 10, 49-39, with 9:31 remaining in the contest. Jayson Guerrier came off the bench and scored all four of his points to help spark the run. The Great Danes extended their lead to as much as 13, 60-47, with 3:58 left.

The Wildcats cut the lead down to six, 61-55, with an 11-4 run that was paced by three-pointers from Patrick Konan and Scott Morris.

UAlbany shot 4-for-4 at the line in the final minute to hold off the Wildcats.

The Great Danes brought a lock-down defense in the first half, holding the Wildcats to 16 points on 24 percent (7-for-29) shooting from the floor. The 16 points were the fewest given up in a half in the program’s Division I history.

The Great Danes play Hartford at the Chase Family Arena Saturday night at 7.

UALBANY (68)

Iati 2-5 0-0 6, Black 7-12 7-8 22, Hooley 2-11 5-7 9, Rowley 3-11 4-4 10, Puk 2-2 1-2 5, Evans 0-0 0-0 0, Devlin 2-3 1-1 5, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Metcalf 3-4 1-4 7, Guerrier 1-3 2-3 4. Totals 22-51 21-29 68.

NEW HAMPSHIRE (62)

Rhoads 1-9 0-0 3, Bronner 2-4 2-4 6, Konan 5-13 1-2 13, Myrick 4-10 0-0 11, Pelcher 3-5 2-2 8, McDonnell 0-0 0-0 0, Morris 2-4 0-0 6, Matagrano 6-9 2-2 15, Trotman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-54 7-10 62.

Halftime: UAlbany, 30-16. Three-pointgGoals: UAlbany 3-11 (Iati 2-5, Black 1-3, Guerrier 0-1, Hooley 0-2), New Hampshire 9-24 (Myrick 3-5, Morris 2-4, Konan 2-8, Mat­agrano 1-1, Rhoads 1-5, Bronner 0-1). Fouled out: Bronner, Myrick. Rebounds: UAlbany 35 (Rowley 10), New Hampshire 28 (Konan 8). Assists: UAlbany 8 (Black 4), New Hampshire 16 (Rhoads 6). Total fouls: UAlbany 13, New Hampshire 24. A:578.

 
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