Sunday, November 24, 2013

Reaction: UAlbany drops third straight game

ALBANY - The University at Albany didn't play poorly on Saturday evening. The Great Danes ran into a buzzsaw in Bucknell, which has already defeated Penn State and could have beaten Stanford and St. John's.

The Bison hit 14 3-pointers and frankly, you're not going to win too many games when your opponent hits that many shots. Bucknell shot 71 (10-14) percent from beyond the arc in the first half.

Here is a link to the game story. 

What it means:  After a 2-0 start, the Great Danes have now lost three straight games. Sophomore Peter Hooley mentioned in the postgame how the team lost three straight conference games last year and that woke some people up and hopes this stretch will do the same.

While you never want to lose, none of the losses looks terrible at this point and the team hasn't played particularly bad, except for the first half at Duquesne.

Player of the game: Ben Brackney. The Bison senior guard knocked down six 3-pointers and got into a rhythm as his team did early in the first half. Brackney finished with a game-high 22 points.

"Brackney's just ready," said UAlbany coach Will Brown. "He's shot ready."

UAlbany player of the game: Sam Rowley finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. The junior just continues to put up numbers, really against any and all competition. One sequence, in the first half, showed just how dominant Rowley is becoming. With his team down 12, 29-17, Rowley grabbed a rebound, raced down the floor, right through the lane and past nearly every Bucknell player. He missed his first attempt, outbattled everyone for the rebound and put it back in.

That being said, Hooley and DJ Evans both played very well on this night, too. 

Play of the Game: Of course it's a 3-pointer -- make that two. Coming out of halftime, Dave Wiegmann score the first basket. Bucknell calmly came down and made two triples to give them their largest lead of the game, 57-40. With those two 3-pointers, from Brackney and sophomore Chris Hass, you knew the Bison weren't losing.

Injury Update: Gary Johnson missed the game with an ankle injury. The senior is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Rider, according to Coach Brown, who said he should be back on the floor after Thanksgiving.

Up Next: The Great Danes travel south to New Jersey to take on Rider. The Broncs won their first game of the season tonight, knocking off Central Connecticut 89-73. Rider did give Purdue a game, losing to the Boilermakers by just four, a week ago.

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