BULLDOGS PLAY BIGGER THAN DANES
NEW HAVEN C.T. — The UAlbany men’s basketball team suffered their second loss in as many games after losing to Yale 59-55 at Lee Amphitheater Saturday.
The Danes dominated most of the game, but the three point equalizer, missed assignments and a free throw ultimately gave the Bulldogs the edge.
With 7.4 seconds left in the game and his team down 55-56, Joe Cremo missed the front end of a one and one free throw that Yale rebounded which relinquished Albany’s chances.
Yale was faced
with a similar
situation on the other end of the court when Albany was forced to put them on the line with time expiring. They made their first of two free throws, but when they missed the second they snagged a rebound that put the game out of reach
“If we’re in the same spot on Wednesday at our next game Joe’s the guy I want on the line,” said UAlbany Head Coach Will Brown after the game.
Cremo is an 85% free throw shooter, but couldn’t covert in the final seconds of the game. He had a season low in points with four in the 34 minutes that he was in the game. Late in the first ha
lf he was noticeably wincing and he didn’t seem himself for the rest of the game. He was unavailable to speak to the media after the game due to receiving treatment by team trainers in the locker room.
“Joe’s hurt. He’s hurt. I’m not going to spin it and I’m not going to make excuses,” said coach Brown.
During the game Cremo wouldn’t let team trainers asses the severity of his injury because he wanted to remain in the game and try to help his team win, but he alone was not the reason why the Danes suffered another loss.
Yale saw how many three pointers Holy Cross made against Albany on Wednesday and they took a play from the Crusader playbook. The bulldog made 11 out of the 29 three pointers that they attempted, which is a season high. Every time the Danes would get a little momentum and make a run it seemed as if Yale would run down to the other end of the flood and hit a shot behind the arc.
“Those threes are daggers,” said coach Brown. “We turn it over they go in transition. It’s hard to guard that.”
Albany turned the ball over 12 times and more times than not Yale would take advantage with a transition bucket. You pair that with the nine offensive rebounds that led to 10 second chance points for the Bulldogs and you get a recipe for a Great Dane let down.
However, it wasn’t all negative for the Danes. They did find some success when they got the ball down low to Greig Stire, who recorded a double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Danes had their way with the Bulldogs when they managed to get the ball inside and get to the rim. Albany had 32 points in the paint compared to 18 by their counterpart.
Yale did make a second half adjustment and double teamed down low and forced the Danes to shoot the ball. Albany could not rise to the challenge and only shot 33% from the floor inside of 20 minutes.
They only made two threes in the game and have only made three in the past two. In the last two games the Danes have only made three of the 21 they’ve attempted.
“We got outscored today 33-6 from the three. We got outscored the other night with hit out first three with five seconds left in the game,” said Brown.
The Great Danes need to be great and not pedestrian with the long ball if they want to snap a two game skid and right the ship before conference play starts next month.
They host the 4-5 Marist Red Foxes this Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the SEFCU Arena.