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By CELIA BALF

2/26/16

What feels better: beating Stony Brook in a historic buzzer-beater shot to move onto the NCAA tournament last year or ending their longest active winning streak in Division 1 men’s basketball at 18 games this year?

Both must feel pretty good. The University at Albany men’s basketball team beat Stony Brook Wednesday night in front of a sold-out crowd at SEFCU Arena 82-70.

Peter Hooley stood out for the Great Danes with a double-double on the night, 14 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Joe Cremo had a team high 16 points for UAlbany. The game plan for UAlbany seemed to be pretty simple: defense, defense and more defense. A lot of that defense would be on Stony Brook’s all-time leading scorer in Seawolf basketball history, Jameel Warney. Will Brown’s team held him to 14 points and eight rebounds.

UAlbany more notably was the second team all year to score 80+ points on Stony Brook, the other being Notre Dame. Hooley, Cremo, Stire, Sanders and Rowley all recorded double digit points on the night. The crowd loved Hooley’s three three’s and Singletary’s two threes. The football team dressed up as different super heroes and gave the basketball team the support perhaps they were missing all season.

Coach Brown thanked the football team in the press conference for their support, “How about our football team?!”

Brown didn’t however congratulate his team, rather he said they executed their game plan but nothing has been won yet. Brown said Hooley was the one who reminded him of that, perhaps a reality check during the game when the game looked like UAlbany would walk away with it.

UAlbany visits UMASS Lowell on Feb. 24 who is 11-16, 7-7 AE. They are looking to continue their momentum into the remainder of the season and win the America East for the fourth consecutive year.

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