Big Purple Win Against Binghamton
The University at Albany men’s basketball team (8-15, 3-5 AE) pulled out their 3rd straight win, knocking off the Binghamton Bearcats (6-17, 2-6 AE) 64-50 Saturday in the annual Big Purple Growl.
Redshirt freshman Cameron Healy lead the team with a career high 31 points. He knocked down nine threes, tying the school’s record and also brought in 10 rebounds.
“I made a couple right away, and that really helped my confidence” Healy said. “I haven’t felt like I had been shooting the ball well recently and it all really comes down to preparation.”.
In the opening minutes of the game, the Danes came out strong. Healy started the game off with four straight threes and led the team on a 19-0 run before the Bearcats could answer. Despite a surge by Binghamton and freshman point guard Sam Sessoms towards the end of the first half.
Momentum was starting to swing to Binghamton, as right before the half Great Danes Forward Brent Hank was given a technical foul that led to a Binghamton basket, and the Bearcats also scored the last points of the first half.The Danes headed to the locker room up 33-27.
“We can have lulls offensively right now and stay in games and win games” said UAlbany Coach Will Brown. “We couldn’t do that early in the year and that’s a credit to the kids buying into the defensive side of the ball. We’re winning these games by what we’re doing in practice, and it’s carrying over.”.
The Danes started to pull ahead for good with the first Healy three of the second half. The Bearcats went on an offensive dry spell following the 3, failing to score for almost 5 minutes, and closing the game shooting 1-8.
Binghamton graduate student J.C. Show finished with 10 points and Senior Caleb Stewart recorded 10 rebounds. Great Danes redshirt freshman, Adam Lulka added 8 points and 12 rebounds in the victory. Junior guard Ahmad Clark raked in 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
The Danes will rest all of this week, before they take on the University of Vermont. UVM is the number one team in the conference. In their prior meeting, Vermont trounced the Great Danes 80-51. With the loss fresh on their minds, the Danes will go to Vermont riding high, well rested, and playing arguably their best basketball of the season.