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Hooley, Rowley lift Great Danes

Sunday, January 20, 2013
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— Senior guards Mike Black and Jacob Iati, University at Albany’s top two scorers who combined were averaging better than 30 points per game, were held to just 16 points, but a pair of Australians picked up the slack Saturday at Chase Family Arena.

Red-shirt freshman guard Peter Hooley recorded his first career double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds — both career highs — and sophomore forward Sam Rowley produced 17 points and eight rebounds to spark the Great Danes to a 54-46 victory over Hartford in an America East Conference game.

The Great Danes, who have won four in a row, are 5-1 in the America East and 16-4 overall.

Hooley converted seven of his 14 shots from the floor. Rowley was just two rebounds short of his fourth consecutive double-double. Both Hooley and Rowley were inserted into the starting lineup for the last four games.

As a team, UAlbany held Hartford’s offense to 14 points in the second half, which broke the program’s Division I record for points allowed in a half (16 in the first half of Wednesday’s game at New Hampshire).

UAlbany began the second half with a 16-3 run to wipe away a five-point first-half deficit for a 43-35 lead. Rowley led the stretch with six points.

Hartford (10-9, 3-3 America East) came back with a 6-2 run to cut the deficit to four, 45-41, with 9:29 remaining in the contest. Mark Nwakamma led the run with five of the six points.

The Great Danes responded with their own 5-1 run to extend their lead to eight, 50-42, with 4:55 left. Rowley went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line to help extend the lead.

Over the final 4:55, UAlbany’s defense held Hartford to just four points. From the charity stripe, the Great Danes shot 4-for-6 to close out the game.

Black, averaging better than 16 points per game, was 1-for-13 from the floor and finished with six points, while Iati, averaging 14 ppg, scored eight points.

Hartford held a five-point advantage, 32-27, at the half. Yolonzo Moore II paced the Hawks and all scorers with 17 points on 8-for-13 shooting.

The Great Danes begin a four-game homestand Wednesday against Boston University at SEFCU Arena.

UALBANY (56)

Rowley 6-9 5-7 17, Puk 0-3 0-0 0, Iati 2-7 3-4 8, Black 1-13 4-5 6, Hooley 7-14 1-2 18, Devlin 3-6 0-0 6, Metcalf 0-1 0-0 0, Guerrier 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 19-55 14-20 56.

HARTFORD (46)

Nwakamma 5-14 3-4 14, Sikma 3-8 0-0 8, Wroe 0-2 0-0 0, Moore 8-17 1-2 18, Cooper 1-5 1-2 3, Cole 0-0 0-0 0, Peterson 1-2 0-0 3, Faulk 0-1 0-0 0, Schneck 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-50 5-8 46.

Halftime: Hartford, 32-27. Three-point goals: UAlbany 4-16 (Hooley 3-4, Iati 1-5, Guerrier 0-1, Black 0-6), Hartford 5-19 (Sikma 2-6, Peterson 1-2, Nwakamma 1-3, Moore 1-6, Cooper 0-1, Wroe 0-1). Rebounds: UAlbany 42 (Hooley 12), Hartford 30 (Moore 7). Assists: UAlbany 5 (Hooley 3), Hartford 9 (Moore, Schneck, Sikma 2). Total fouls: UAlbany 11, Hartford 18. Fouled out: None. A: 1,996.

 
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