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Danes Lose Heartbreaker to Wildcats After Senior Night

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The University at Albany Great Danes(11-18, 6-8 AE) lost a heartbreaker to the University of New Hampshire Wildcats (4-23, 2-12 AE), who is sitting at last place in the America East conference on Wednesday night at SEFCU Arena. The loss snaps the Danes’ three game win streak, as the team comes closer and closer to the end of the regular season.

    The Great Danes celebrated senior night prior to the game. This year, the team only celebrated two seniors, Guard Rayshawn Miller and Forward Devonte Campbell. “It actually hasn’t hit me yet,” said Campbell. “We still have got two more games to go and I’m just so focused on that, and I’m going to be much more focused after this loss but it just hasn’t hit me.”.

Topping the score sheet once again for the Danes is Redshirt Freshman Cameron Healy, who raked in 14 points and seven rebounds. Fellow freshman Antonio Rizzuto also had an impressive performance, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds.  

“I think the first half there was no flow.. we were poor offensively in the second half, with the five assists and the 1-10 from three,” said Coach Will Brown. “I thought we had opportunities”.

UNH was led by junior forward Chris Lester who scored 15 points and totaled 6 rebounds. Senior Josh Hopkins also showed out for UNH, scoring 11 points. “We have obviously had a really tough long year,” UNH head coach Bill Herrion said. “I thought today that our defense was great, (Chris) Lester stepped up and made a lot of crucial threes. We got after (Cameron) Healy a little bit and (Antonio) Rizzuto hurt us in the first half, and we took away the three in the 2nd half, those were the keys to the game.”

The game started off closely contested, as UNH and UAlbany swapped the lead multiple times before the Danes were the first to pull away as Junior Ahmad Clark hit the first UAlbany three of the night. With 11:00 remaining in the first half, UAlbany rolled to a 17-9 lead before UNH began to catchup to the Danes, going on a five point run to bring the UAlbany lead down to 4.

Healy and Rizzuto closed the first half with back to back threes, both within 5 minutes to go in the half. UNH answered with a three of their own, and the 1st half ended with the Danes holding onto a 32-30 lead.

With 17:55 left in the 2nd half, the UNH Wildcats took the lead 35-34, which had been their first lead since the early first half. The Danes only retook the lead when Healy hit a deep three shortly after the first lead change of the half.

New Hampshire would take a three point lead, going up 49-46 with 8:27, and the Danes would never tie the score, nor lead in the game from this point on.

With 4:25 remaining in the game, UNH took a 59-52 lead, their largest lead of the night. The Danes where able to cut the UNH lead to three with 1:47 left. Clark hit two free throws to reduce the Wild Cat lead to one with 26.9 seconds left. In the final seconds of the game, Healy missed a deep three ball. The final seconds ticked away with UNH hitting two more free throws.

UAlbany will try to regain their momentum after their catastrophic loss. The Danes will take on Hartford away on Saturday in their second to last game of the season, and will look to head into conference play full steam ahead.

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