Thursday, February 9, 2012

UAlbany's losing streak continues

DURHAM, N.H. — The University at Albany needed a solid performance on Thursday evening and they didn’t answer the bell.

The Great Danes followed a heartbreaking loss to Boston University, on Monday, with an equally difficult to swallow, 69-64 loss, at New Hampshire’s Lundholm Gymnasium.

UAlbany (7-6, 15-12) has now lost three straight games and the fourth place Danes dropped their first game of the conference season to a team behind them in the standings (7-1) on this night.  

“We’re a very, very tired group right now,” said UAlbany coach Will Brown.

That’s not a good sign for a team that is at a crossroads in its season, and with a game tomorrow afternoon at Maine.

“We’re tired right now,” Brown said. “That’s not an excuse. UNH played well.”

The Great Danes played the second half without sophomore forward Luke Devlin, who reaggravated his back injury during intermission.

Logan Aronhalt, who finished with only four points, also sat more than the final 10 minutes, dealing with a sore knee.

Still, UAlbany defeated New Hampshire (4-8, 9-14) 86-63, back on Jan. 11, and this game was nothing like that one.

The Great Danes trailed by 11 points, 58-47,with less than six minutes to play, before turning it on.

UAlbany went on a furious rally to tie the game at 61-61, but the Wildcats scored eight of the game’s final 11 points come away with the win.

Brian Benson put New Hampshire up 63-61, with 1:24 to play.

Gerardo Suero, who finished with a team-high 20 points for the Great Danes, then turned the ball over and it cost his team big time.

At the other end, Ferg Myrick scored and was fouled, to put New Hampshire up, 66-61.

“I’m proud that our guys fought late,” Brown said. “The last two possessions, we made poor decisions.”

Brown was referring to Suero’s turnover and then, with UAlbany down 67-64, Mike Black tried to draw contact on a 3-point attempt that caromed off the side of the rim and backboard. 

Alvin Abreu scored a game-high 21 points for New Hampshire, while Myrick and Benson each added 19.

The Great Danes can’t afford to let this losing streak continue, so they must try to turn things around against Maine, on Saturday.

“We have to see how this group rebounds and responds,” Brown said.

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