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Sam Rowley’s Fifth Double-Double Comes up Short at Hartford, 67-54

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Sam Rowley’s Fifth Double-Double Comes up Short at Hartford, 67-54 



WEST HARTFORD, CONN.- Junior forward Sam Rowley recorded his fifth double-double of the season, but it wasn’t enough as the University at Albany men’s basketball team (12-12, 6-5 AE) fell 67-54 at Hartford (11-14, 5-5 AE) on Saturday night.

“There are some fundamental, little things that haven’t come through in our road games,” said Rowley. “We didn’t execute the scout tonight. We have a good opportunity to rectify that at UMBC on Wednesday.”

UAlbany got off to a slow start from the field, going 0-7 from with three turnovers in the first five minutes. The Great Danes made back-to-back field goals to end the drought. Sam Rowley got inside for the lay-in, and Peter Hooley hit a three to make the score 5-5.

Adding to the Purple & Gold’s shooting woes was early foul trouble. Starting center John Puk had his second foul with 15:32 left in the first half, and did not return for the remainder of the opening period.

After starting 2-2 from the field, Hartford went 0-6 over the next three minutes. But the Hawks were hot from the three-point line, going 3-for-6 from three by the 12-minute mark. Hartford went 6-for-11 from three in the first half, accounting for more than two thirds of its first-half point total.

Luke Devlin committed his second foul with eight minutes to go in the half, giving Mike Rowley 11 first-half minutes. Gary Johnson and Dallas Ennema also had two fouls each by the end of the first half.

Ennema scored five of his seven first-half points in three minutes with seven minutes to go in the first half, hitting a three and a baseline jumper to narrow the lead to two for Hartford, 17-15.

The Hawks hit two threes to close the half, but UAlbany went 7-for-8 from the free throw line over the final two minutes and 16 seconds of the half to take a two-point deficit into the locker room, 28-26.

Puk picked up his third foul less than two minutes into the second half, but remained in the game.

Rowley and Johnson tallied a combined eight points to begin the second period, narrowing the Hartford lead to four points.

But Hartford went 4-for-6 from three to open the second half, and stacked up an eight-point lead, 44-36. UAlbany crept back with two made free throws apiece from Ennema and Rowley.

By the second media timeout in the second half, Hartford was 10-for-19 from three, while UAlbany was just 2-for-10. By contrast, the Great Danes were 12-for-14 from the charity stripe while the Hawks went 2-for-7.

The Great Danes showed signs of life when Hartford’s Taylor Dyson picked up his fourth foul with five minutes left. Dyson had hit four threes in the game, and Hartford clung to a nine-point lead when he exited the game. UAlbany failed to register a field goal for the final 5:47 of the game and committed two turnovers.

Sam Rowley’s 14 points and 11 rebounds led UAlbany in both categories for the Great Danes. Rowley also went 6-for-6 from the free throw line, his first perfect showing from the charity stripe since going 8-for-8 against UMBC on Jan. 8.  Ennema and Johnson had 10 points each.

The Great Danes ended the game with a 20-for-26 (.769) clip from the free throw line, but went just 2-for-12 (.167) from three. Hartford recorded its sixth game with 10 or more made three-point field goals (12-23, .522).

“We need to give credit where credit is due. We did not play our best basketball game. When you’re struggling offensively and the other team is in a rhythm especially from three, you need to spend more time on offense and make them defend.”

UAlbany (12-12, 6-5 AE) visits UMBC (8-16, 4-7 AE) on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3 from the RAC.

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