- Director of Basketball Operations and former UAlbany player Brent Wilson
turned to coach Will Brown
following Thursday's 62-57 loss to Binghamton and told him that wasn't a UAlbany effort.
“We never got out-toughed and outrebounded like that ever,” said Brown, recalling what Wilson said to him.
It wasn't a good game by many accounts for the Great Danes, who were coming off their best offensive performance of the year against Yale.
“I was surprised with how poorly we hit the glass and how poorly we blocked out,” said Brown.
UAlbany was outrebounded 41-28 by the taller, but smaller (in terms of depth) Binghamton squad.
Brown called it "ridiculous" and said he's never seen that type of disparity in rebounding from one of his teams.
“To me, you can take all the technique in the world and throw it in the garbage, rebounding is toughness and you need to be a ball-getter,” Brown said.
Brown was so disappointed that he said his veterans weren't leading and that his best leader is sophomore Billy Allen
The Great Danes have a lot to work on before Sunday's game against Vermont.
On the other end, not a lot was expected from the Bearcats, who lost six players, including Troy're Emanuel Mayben
after an offseason full of turmoil that left the defending conference champions a shell of their former selves.
While they picked up a victory, interim coach Mark Macon stopped short of calling it a statement game.
“It’s only one game,” Macon said. “We play to win one game at a time.”
Macon said it was a good game and he seemed happy to come out with the win.
“They didn’t make shots today, we did,” he said. “They’re a good team, we just, today, did some things better.”
I really liked what Greer Wright
brought to the table for Binghamton.
The junior college transfer is long and lean and even handled the ball.
He finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and seven turnovers (way too many).Mahamoud Jabbi
added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Bearcats and Chretien Lukusa
, the team's only returning starter from last year, had nine points and 10 rebounds.Scotty McRae
added seven points and 11 rebounds for UAlbany, but shot just 1-for-9 from the field.
Labels: America East, Binghamton, Brent Wilson, College Basketball, Mark Macon, UAlbany, Will Brown