Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Xavier 88, UAlbany 64 FINAL

CINCINNATI — University at Albany coach Will Brown knew his team would be in trouble on Tuesday evening if Xavier was making there shots.

That’s exactly what the Musketeers did.

Led by Schenectady native Mark Lyons, who scored 18 points and knocked down a career-high six 3-pointers, Xavier defeated UAlbany 88-64 at the Cintas Center for their 30th straight home victory.

Lyons actually rode with the Great Danes (7-7), after getting snowed in during the holidays in the Capital District.

He made them pay right away, hitting five treys in the first 15 minutes

“In the first 10 minutes of the game, defensively, we looked like a team that had been off for a few days,” Brown said.

Xavier had been shooting just 27 percent (46-169) from beyond the arc heading into the game.

On this night, the Musketeers (8-3) finished 14-for-28 (50 percent) from long distance, led by Lyons’ half dozen.

Dante Jackson hit four 3-pointers and Xavier’s leading scorer Tu Holloway hit three, finishing with 11 points.

The Great Danes were actually in the game for a long time, trailing by just nine at halftime, but in the end their shortcomings on the glass really hurt their chances.

Xavier finished with a 38-23 edge in rebounding, led by Jamel McLean, who finished with a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with his 15 points.

“We didn’t have a run in us in the second half,” Brown said. “I thought we fatigued.”

The Great Danes got a game-high 24 points from senior Tim Ambrose, while Logan Aronhalt added 17 and point guard Mike Black finished with 11.

“I’m not as upset at the final score as I am with our sense of urgency,” Brown said.

UAlbany redshirt freshman guard Ralph Watts missed the second half because of an ankle injury.

The Great Danes close out the calendar year on Thursday when they play at Wagner.

“We have to regroup and get ready to matchup against Wagner,” said Brown.

Labels: , ,


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home