Sunday, December 5, 2010

Danes get their paws on the Cup

ALBANY - University at Albany coach Will Brown walked across the court and put on the headphones, just like he normally does to be interviewed by the radio broadcasters after a game.

He forgot one thing - the Albany Cup presentation.

You have to forgive Coach Brown. He is 2-8 all-time against Siena and had lost five in a row before Saturday's 88-82 overtime victory in front of 10,753.

Still, Brown realizes how big this win is for his program and this year's team.

"We grew up tonight, as a group," he said.

The Great Danes got great play from sophomore Logan Aronhalt.

It's still early, but if Aronhalt keeps playing this well, he is going to be an all-league type player if not the conference's player of the year.

He was terrific on Saturday, hitting his first six shots and finished with 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting.

Brown said he's dropped his weight from 217 to 202 pounds and his body fat from 12 percent down to 8.5.

"He tells me he still doesn't feel he has his quickness and his athleticism back, but the foot feels great."

Another big time player for UAlbany was sophomore guard Mike Black.

Brown said that Black was in tears with 9 minutes to go because of his sprained left ankle.

Black knew the team needed him and he gutted through the game.

"It was really killing me, but I was trying to block it out, trying to be tough," he said. "My team needed me to win this game, so I just tried not to think about the ankle."

The Great Danes will need Black again on Monday, when they travel to take on Yale.

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