Danes Dog Out Maryland Retrievers 84-75
On Throwback night, the University at Albany men’s basketball team breezed through an 84-75 victory over the University of Maryland- Baltimore County Retrievers (18-11) (AE, 10-4).
Hot shooting and a balanced attack helped the Great Danes open on an early first half lead, and strong defense would help the Danes secure the victory.
The Danes dawned jerseys that read “NYSCT”, paying homage to The New York State College for Teachers Pedagogues, the former team name that was used until 1963.
Five Great Danes scored in double figures as freshman guard Cameron Healy led the balanced charge with 21 points and a record-breaking performance.
With only two seconds to go in the first half, Healy sank a 30-foot buzzer beater, bringing his season total for three pointers made to 95, a new program record.
Healy would finish the night on 6-7 shooting including 5-6 shooting behind the arc.
“Its very rare to see a freshman break a record like that,” junior guard Ahmad Clark said. “He worked so hard in the summer. I’m happy for him.”
“Cameron is an absolute flamethrower” said Coach Brown, “every time he shoots, I think its going in.”
Big contributions came off the bench, notably from Ahmad Clark, who had a big game on both ends of the court. Clark, who spent most of the season starting, put up 12 points, contributed eight assists as well as five steals in 25 minutes of play.
“What I’m trying to get him to understand is that there are nights where he’s going to get 25, and we are going to need that,” says Coach Brown on Clarks transition to the bench, “…And there are going to be nights where he might only get us six or eight points but he gets other guys 20. He has been great off the bench”
Freshman forward Malachi De Sousa had a break out performance, finishing with 15 points, six rebounds, three blocks, and an emphatic dunk late in the second half to bring the lead to 20.
UMBC junior Arkel Lamar gave UMBC their only lead of the game when he hit the first basket of the contest to give the Retrievers a 2-0 lead. Once UAlbany built a double-digit lead midway through the first, they kept the pressure on and never let the lead fall below nine.
The Danes shot 56 percent from the field and made 13-of-27 three pointers. UMBC also had a hot shooting night, making over 55 percent of their shots, but found themselves on the wrong end of 12 free throws made difference.
UMBC’s leading scorer, Joe Sherburne finished the night with 13 points, six rebounds and six assists. Junior guard K.J. Jackson provided on the few bright spots for UMBC and led his team in scoring with 16.
The Danes improve to 11-17 (6-7 AE) and look to stay hot as the season starts to wind down.