Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Siena's Ryan Oliver likely out for year
|Jeff Couch - The Record|
Freshman Ryan Oliver is likely out for the season, following a reaggravation of knee injury that will have a diagnostic scope in the coming days. This is on his surgically repaired knee
The scope should keep him out at least one month and more likely six weeks, so it appears his rookie season is over.
"He was playing well," said Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro, before practice. "It's tough because you wanted to count on him for a certain amount of minutes, he was playing a role. We thought we were going to have him back, we didn't think it was a serious as it was, but it hasn't progressed."
Oliver played in 17 games for the Saints and averaged 2.2 points per game, also making one start.
VIDEO: Hooley & Rowley after another loss
The loss is the Great Danes (5-4, 16-7) third straight and knocks them into fifth in the America East Conference standings.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Stony Brook 65, UAlbany 49
The Seawolves remained in first place and look to be the best team in the conference as we get closer to the postseason tournament.
The Great Danes (5-4, 16-7) are looking more like the team of the past few seasons, where they beat the teams they should and lose to the teams ahead of them.
In one week, UAlbany has fallen from first place in the America East Conference to fifth.
Peter Hooley led the way with 17 points, but the real story was Mike Black coming up scoreless for the first time since his freshman season. Black hasn't been held without a point since Dec. 8, 2009, when he played just three minutes in a victory at Penn.
Point guard Anthony Jackson led Stony Brook with 14 points, while freshman Jameel Warney finished with a double-double (10 pts. & 10 reb.).
Stony Brook 35, UAlbany 29 (half)
The Great Danes fell behind 8-2 and actually endured a 15-2 run later in the half, but trail by only six at intermission.
Gary Johnson gave UAlbany a huge spark, already reaching a career-high with eight points and completing two three-point plays. Peter Hooley also has eight points for the Great Danes. Mike Black and Jacob Iati are still struggling, combining for 1-6 shooting and just three points, all from Iati.
The Seawolves were led by Tommy Brenton, who has six points, three rebounds and an assist (also two fouls).
Trenity Burdine could be fifth piece for Siena
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The Saints have gotten solid contributions from four starters, when healthy, but that fifth spot has been an issue, especially from an offensive production standpoint.
"If we can Burdine to get double figures consistently or even eight-nine points, now we're a much different team," said Buonaguro, at his meeting with the media Tuesday afternoon.
Burdine, who has missed time this season due to an athletic department suspension and an academic suspension, provided a huge impact this past weekend for Siena.
"Trenity offers a different dimension," said Buonaguro.
When Buonaguro recruited Burdine two years ago, he thought the first team all-state player from Reading, Pa., could be a dynamic player. While Burdine's career has been hampered by injuries and off the court issues, he could play a big role down the stretch.
"Now, if he comes into his own the last nine-ten games, he's only going to make us a lot better," Buonaguro said. "He can score."
Burdine scored 11 points on Friday against Niagara and followed that up with a 13-point game against Marist. In the two games, he combined to shoot 10-16 (62.5%) from the floor, as the Saints posted two of their three highest scoring games. When Siena fell behind Marist on Sunday, they went on a huge 31-10 run to end the first half, what Buonaguro called his team's best offense of the season.
"We're going to start doing some different things with him," said Buonaguro.
Buonaguro also likes using Burdine at the top of his three-quarters court pressure defense, similar to the position that Edwin Ubiles played a few seasons ago.
"He's 6-6, he's long and he's athletic," Buonaguro said of Burdine. "In that press that I use, that's what you need up there. Yeah, he makes the press better."
Burdine has also only turned the ball over eight times, or just 0.67 turnovers per game, while the team averages 14.9 turnovers per game.
"He doesn't turn the ball over and we've been struggling with turnovers," said Buonaguro.
Monday, January 28, 2013
VIDEOS: UAlbany talks Stony Brook game
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Vermont 50, UAlbany 43
The Great Danes (5-3, 16-6) had a lead late, but the Catamounts (6-2, 13-7) were too strong down the stretch, posting their eighth straight victory in the head-to-head series.
Clancy Rugg led the way for Vermont with 14 points, but only four players scored and all of them were in double figures.
Mike Black, UAlbany's leading scorer, had his third straight rough game, shooting 3-15, but he did finish with a team-high 13 points. The Great Danes shot just 29,6 percent (16-54) for the game and only scored 15 points in the first half. That number marks the lowest of any half since the program turned Division I in 1999-00.
UAlbany must turn things around and in a hurry, as first-place Stony Brook comes to town on Tuesday.
Vermont 22, UAlbany 15 (half)
The University at Albany suffered through its lowest scoring half of the year, scoring just 15 points. In two first halves against Vermont, the Great Danes could only muster 34 points.
The Catamounts didn't fare much better from a scoring aspect, but they did shoot 50 percent (10-20) from the field.
UAlbany shot just 18.5 percent (5-23) and Mike Black and Jacob Iati combined to shoot 0-11.
Ethan O'Day led Vermont with nine points.
I expect a much better second half...or at least I hope for one.
Friday, January 25, 2013
VIDEO: Evan Hymes talks after Niagara game
Niagara 78, Siena 69
The Saints (2-7, 4-16) were down just one with less than four minutes to play, but it was Niagara that executed late to leave Albany with its first win since 2005.
Juan'ya Green led the Purple Eagles (8-1, 12-8), just missing a triple-double with 19 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
Evan Hymes matched a career-high with 30 points, including Siena's first 15 of the second half, but he committed two turnovers in the final three minutes that really hurt.
Rob Poole added 14 in his first game back from the flu, which sidelined him for four games, while O.D. Anosike finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Antonie Mason, son of former NBA player Anthony Mason, added 17 points for Niagara.
Niagara 42, Siena 40 (half)
Despite playing without Imoh Silas (ankle), Ryan Oliver (knee) and Rakeem Brookins (back), the Saints played tough.
Siena was led offensively by Rob Poole, who missed the past four games due to the flu. Poole has 12 and Evan Hymes chipped in 11.
The Purple Eagles were led by a balanced attack. Juan'ya Green and Ameen Tanksley each have nine points.
The Saints trail by only two to a team that beat them by 23, just eight days ago. That's the good news. The bad news is that Niagara led by only six in that game and blew it open after intermission.
The game has also had some physicality, with Hymes picking up a flagrant and Joe Thomas picking up a technical foul. Tanksley also took a tumble, when colliding with Burdine and Anosike.
VIDEO: Ebone Henry on AEast, scoring record
Thursday, January 24, 2013
VIDEO: Rob Poole talks flu, Niagara game
VIDEO: Mike Black talks about Boston U. loss
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Boston U. 85, UAlbany 80 (OT)
The Great Danes looked like they had overcame a bad first half to post a solid league win, when D.J. Irving happened.
Irving hit two 3-pointers in the final 10 seconds, as Boston University forced overtime and won the game from there.
Irving and Mike Black both finished with 20 points.
The Terriers scored 22 points in overtime and made its final eight shots from the field.
Boston U. 29, UAlbany 23 (half)
The Great Danes are lucky to be down by only six, since they turned the ball over 11 times, attempted just four free throws and shot 29.2 percent (7-24) from the field.
Maurice Watson Jr. led Boston University, scoring 13 points on 5-8 shooting from the floor.
UAlbany was just lucky that Jayson Guerrier came to play, scoring 11 points off the bench, in 11 minutes. Mike Black was just 1-9 and Jacob Iati was only 1-5 from the floor.
The Great Danes will need a much better half, in order to put another victory in their win total.
Danes' Iati focused on winning
Here is a link.
Jacob Iati is averaging just 8.0 points per game, but as you'll read, that doesn't make a difference as long as the Great Danes keep winning.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Peter Hooley breaking through for UAlbany
Hooley posted career-highs in both points (18) and rebounds (12) on the way to his first career double-double, as the University at Albany downed Hartford 56-46.
“I would say everything, regarding me, is confidence," said Hooley on Monday.
Hooley's insertion into the starting lineup has been met with much success for the Great Danes (5-1, 16-4), who are now in first place in the America East, following Vermont's loss Tuesday evening at Maine.
“He creates a lot of stuff for us in our offense," said fellow guard Jacob Iati.
Hooley was going up against a familiar face on Saturday, in Hawks sophomore Corban Wroe, also a native of Australia.
When Hooley got off to such a good start, Wroe was surprised.
“You’re not supposed to be able to score the ball," he said.
“Funny how things change," Hooley told his "good mate" from back home.
UAlbany is 4-0 since Hooley and Sam Rowley moved into the starting lineup and those two have been very productive.
Hooley gets the rim effortlessly and as coach Will Brown said, he was playing north/south and attacking the basket on Saturday.
“If teams are going to shadow Jacob or shadow Mike (Black), there’s going to be a lot of openings for Peter to drive the ball," said Brown.
Hooley was set to make an impact last season before a stress fracture in his left foot kept him out after the first three games, forcing him to redshirt. Hooley was kept off the court for seven months and all he could do was lift.
“People don’t realize he’s still a freshman," said Brown.
Hooley was recruited for his all-around game, but he showed he can shoot the ball a little, making three treys in the Hartford win.
“He’s a rhythm shooter," Brown said. "When he can get his feet set, he shoots it well.”
Hooley said he's at his best when he keeps everything simple.
“I always forget that I’m a freshman and I still have a lot to learn," he said.
Hooley has shown his passing prowess throughout the year. He's got 54 assists, second only to Black (58) on the team.
“When I was scoring a lot of points earlier in the year, I said a bunch of times it was because of Pete and Mike," Iati said. "I always threw him in the mix because he gets to the rim great.”
Hooley hasn't reached his potential and that could be a scary thought for opposing teams in the America East.
“Peter’s his own worst enemy," Brown said. "When he maintains his focus, he’s tough to handle.”
VIDEO: UAlbany's Brown talks Boston U.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Siena sinks at Niagara
Here are some highlights, courtesy of the Siena Athletic Department.
Here are some postgame comments, courtesy of the Siena Athletic Department.
UAlbany wins at New Hampshire, 68-62
Sunday, January 13, 2013
VIDEO: Buonaguro talks Saint Peter's win
Rich Audu to the rescue for Siena
|J.S. Carras - The Record|
Audu had only averaged 10.4 minutes per game this season, but he played nearly four times that number in the Saints' 66-53 victory over Saint Peter's.
With four minutes remaining and Siena's lead cut to four, 51-47, Audu nailed back-to-back 3-pointers that put the game out of reach.
Surging Siena tops Saint Peter's
The Saints (2-4, 4-13) picked up their second win in 72 hours, when they took down Saint Peter's, 66-53, on Sunday afternoon.
O.D. Anosike led the way with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Rakeem Brookins chipped in 18.
Siena won the game at the foul line, where they shot 27-for-36 (75%), led by Anosike, who was 12-for-17.
Desi Washington's 16 points led the Peacocks (1-5, 6-10).
VIDEOS: UAlbany men/women sweep Maine
The women's team clobbered its third league opponent, winning 71-39.
The men's team improved to 3-1 in league play, with a 76-63 win over the Black Bears. Here is a link to the game story, which appeared in Sunday's paper.
Below, are videos of Ebone Henry & Mike Black and Gary Johnson talking about the wins.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
VIDEO: Mike Black previews Maine game
VIDEO: Evan Hymes talks about Canisius win
Friday, January 11, 2013
VIDEOS: Siena/Canisius highlights, last shot
Hymes delivers eye-opening performance
|J.S. Carras - The Record|
All it took was one poke to the eye and he had one of his best shooting nights as a Siena player.
Hymes, who had shot 2-for-18 from the field over the past two games, was 8-for-12 on Friday night, as Siena took down Canisius, 57-54, and ended its 11-game losing streak.
Hymes took a vicious hit to the right eye from Canisius big man Chris Manhertz in the first half and looked like he wouldn't return.
In fact, he contact lens was knocked around in his eye and initially, he thought it had scratched the eyeball. It swelled up instantly and forced him back to the locker room.
After halftime, Hymes returned with an ice bag on his eye and sat out for the first few minutes of the second half.
Once he returned, he got right back into the flow and was a big reason why the Saints came out on top.
Siena stuns Canisius, 57-54
The shot gave the Saints a 57-54 victory over Canisius, netting them their first league victory and snapping an 11-game losing streak.
Siena played without Rob Poole (flu) or Trenity Burdine (academics) and lost both Brookins (knee) and Evan Hymes (eye) during the game.
Hymes finished with a game-high 20 points, while Brookins added 13 for the Saints.
The Griffins were led by Isaac Sosa, who scored 13.
UAlbany gets back to business
|J.S. Carras - The Record|
The Great Danes were expecting a early-season battle for first place -- what they got was a massacre, a 70-45 loss, and they left with their pride diminished.
“Even Ohio State didn’t beat us like that," said senior point guard Mike Black. "It was shocking, heartbreaking. It was an eye-opener for us that day.”
UAlbany's next league game wasn't a must-win, it was only the third conference game, but that's how Monday's game against Binghamton felt.
“It was a must-win game in reality," said sophomore Sam Rowley, who scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, as the Great Danes bounced back with a 71-59 victory over the Bearcats.
In reality it wasn't a true must-win, but UAlbany needed to get back to its winning ways.
“We just needed to play," said coach Will Brown. "The way we played at Vermont wasn’t the way we’ve played all year long. We let them get in a comfort zone, we never got in any type of rhythm and we played on our heels the whole game. You live and you learn.”
In the midst of winter break, the team has been fully focused on basketball and they found out the best way to bounce back from a crushing defeat.
“The best way to move on from a loss is get a win the day or two days after," said Rowley.
The Great Danes (2-1, 13-4) face another stiff challenge, when they host Maine (2-1, 7-9) on Saturday.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
One win is the remedy for Siena
The Siena men's basketball team has been close -- but frankly close doesn't cut it.
The Saints (0-4, 2-13) haven't won since Nov. 17, nearly a week before Thanksgiving.
“We need a win," sophomore Evan Hymes said on Thursday. "Everybody knows that. We just have to keep competing every night.”
|J.S. Carras - The Record|
Siena is 2-7 in games decided by six or less points and they've lost four home games by a combined 12 points. Certainly that's about late-game execution, or lack thereof, but also some bad luck.
“It can be youth, it can be experience, you can point to a lot of things," said Saints coach Mitch Buonaguro. "But certainly we have to get a couple wins here for the team’s confidence level.”
And that's all it'll take -- one win, to get this team back thinking, no believing, that they can win.
In fact, despite an epic losing streak, the program's second longest, the players believe they still can turn things around.
“If we can get two here, at home, we’ll be right back in the mix of things," said senior O.D. Anosike. "We just have to focus on Canisius and really try to get a win.”
The Golden Griffins (3-1, 10-5) are currently in a four-way tie for first in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings, but they haven't finished in the top half of the league's standings since the 1998-99 season.
“The kids have bought in,” said first-year coach Jim Baron. “I think the area has bought in and winning helps. You have to win some games to get them to gel.”
The Saints have taken positive steps, but many times those have been quickly followed by those in the wrong direction.
“All of those good flashes give me confidence that we’re moving in the right direction," Anosike said. "It’s just a matter of putting it together consistently and doing it for 40 minutes.”
VIDEO: Evan Hymes talks Canisius game
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
UAlbany bounces back, Siena keeps losing
The Great Danes knocked off the Bearcats, 71-59, behind 21 points and 13 rebounds from sophomore Sam Rowley, in his first career start.
UAlbany (2-1, 13-4) is now off until Saturday's home game against Maine.
On the other hand, Siena continues to slide.
The Saints (0-4, 2-13) have now lost 11 straight games and are still in search of their first league victory.
After taking a step forward on Friday, in a narrow loss to a very talented Iona team, Siena was blown out on Sunday by Rider.
The Saints are off until Friday night's game against Canisius.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Vermont clobbers UAlbany, 70-45
Turns out, on this afternoon, the University at Albany didn’t belong on the same court as the preseason pick to repeat as America East champs.
Vermont burst out of the gates and never looked back, throttling the Great Danes, 70-45, at Patrick Gym.
“We were absolutely terrible,” Brown said. “It happens.”
The 25-point defeat marked UAlbany’s worst loss since a 78-51 loss at Georgia Tech, on Nov. 17, 2010. It’s also the worst America East loss since a 78-50 loss to Boston University, on Feb. 5, 2003.
“Vermont played very well,” Brown said. “You have to give them credit. As bad as I thought we played, I thought they played terrific.”
The Great Danes (1-1, 12-4) have now lost to the Catamounts (2-0, 9-5) seven consecutive times, dating back to the 2009 league tournament.
Vermont scored nine of the game’s first 11 points, getting baskets from all over the floor. When Trey Blue knocked down a jumper with 12:21 to play, UAlbany fell behind by double-digits, 17-7 and could never get closer.
“We were very impatient offensively early in the game and I think that hurt us more than anything,” Brown said. “Our impatience offensively led to 10 turnovers.”
The Catamounts led by 16 at halftime and continued to pour in on in the second half.
“We didn’t have a run in us,” said Brown.
Vermont went up by as many as 28 points, 60-32, when Sandro Carissimo hit a 3-pointer with eight minutes to play. The Catamounts made six 3-pointers and shot 52.8 percent (28-53) from the floor.
“You have to give them a lot of credit,” Brown said. “They shot the ball unbelievably well.”
Blue led Vermont with 15 points off the bench, while three other players, including Carissimo added a dozen.
Mike Black was the only Great Danes players in double figures, scoring 14.
“It’s not the end of the world,” Brown said. “I’d be more disappointed if this was in the SEFCU, but they did what they were supposed to do.”
Brown is confident that his team will bounce back, when they head to Binghamton on Monday.
“If we hang our heads, we’re going to go on the road and get beat on Monday,” he said. “That’s not going to happen. We’re going to win on Monday.”
Canisius half-court heave makes No. 1 play
The Canisius call was the No. 1 play on SportsCenter.
First, Siena's call from Mike Demos.
Here's Canisius play-by-play guy Mike Scott's call.
Friday, January 4, 2013
VIDEO: Brookins talks Iona loss
Siena losing streak hits 10 with loss to Iona
However, the Saints played well on Friday evening, but still couldn't snap a losing stretch that dates back to Thanksgiving.
Iona made plays late in the game and escaped with a 66-62 victory.
“It's very disappointing," said Siena coach Mitch Buonaguro. "I thought our kids played well enough to win.”
O.D. Anosike registered his 11th double-double, tying for game-high honors with 19 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Rob Poole added 18 points for the Saints (0-3, 2-12).
Lamont "Momo" Jones led four players in double figures with 19 points for the Gaels (2-1, 8-6).
The Saints played without sophomore Trenity Burdine, who was suspended one game for an academic issue. Burdine was suspended for the first three games of the season after violating athletic department policy.
Siena next heads to Rider on Sunday, still in search of its first conference victory and trying to snap a 10-game losing streak.
Giants not returning to UAlbany in 2013
The dates for the Giants' 2013 training camp will be announced later this spring when the preseason schedule is finalized.
Siena's Burdine suspended for Iona game
The school announced that sophomore Trenity Burdine will be suspended for tonight's game against Iona, due academic issues.
Burdine was also suspended the first three games of the 2012-13 season for violation of athletic department policy.
Burdine is averaging 5.2 points per game and has started four times for the Saints (2-11) this year.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
VIDEO: Buonaguro looks ahead to Iona
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
VIDEO: UAlbany tops UMBC in AE opener
UAlbany 65, UMBC 48
Jacob Iati and Mike Black combined for 32 points and the Great Danes (1-0, 12-3) won with relative ease, knocking of UMBC 65-48.
Next up, is a big test against Vermont, on Saturday afternoon, at Patrick Gym.
UAlbany 30, UMBC 24 (half)
Jacob Iati scored eight of the Great Danes' first 10 points and finished the half with a game-high 10. Mike Black was slow getting started, but he scored nine straight UAlbany points.
Brian Neller leads UMBC with eight points, while Ryan Cook added seven.
Buonaguro says record "very misleading"
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There's nothing wrong with that. But the Saints, who have lost nine straight games, have been struggling and there's no question about that.
Still, on Wednesday Buonaguro said he believes his team is better than its 2-11 record.
"The record's very misleading," he said. "Five or six of the games were very winnable."
Siena may have been able to a win a few, but the old adage is you are what your record says you are. The Saints are just one more loss from matching the worst start in program history, matching the 1970-71 team that started 2-12.
"When you add everything up, I think the record is a little misleading," Buonaguro said. "I think we're a little better than the record."
Buonaguro is talking about adding up his team's youth and some of the things they've done wrong so far like turning the ball over and poor free-throw shooting.
"There's five or six things, when you analyze it, will add up to 2-11," he said. "But if two of those things change, we're 6-7. I can think of five games, where if we just shot free throws average, in the 60s, we probably would have won."
Both of Siena's wins have come in close games, but the team hasn't won since before Thanksgiving, when they topped Northern Kentucky, 56-52 (Nov. 17). The Saints are 2-6 in games decided by six points or less, including two 1-point losses at home (Vermont, UMass).
Siena has had trouble lately, losing their last three games by an average of 18 points per game and allowed an average of 78.7 points over those three games, all losses.
The biggest loss came in the most recent game, losing 80-52 to La Salle, on Saturday. Buonaguro said Wednesday he didn't even think that game, which was a 34-point deficit at times, was that bad.
"When I did look at the tape, it really wasn't as bad as I thought," he said.
The Saints are struggling, but Buonaguro still believes his team should have more wins if things had gone their way.
"This is a team that could very easily be 6-7 if things bounced the right way," he said.
Siena takes on Iona on Friday evening. Since 2000, the Saints are 11-1 against Iona in Albany, including last year's 65-62 victory.
UAlbany set to open America East play
|J.S. Carras - The Record|
The Great Danes take on the University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Wednesday evening.
Here is my link to the advance that appeared in Wednesday's paper.
Here are the league's standings and matchup for the first day of league play.
UAlbany, 0-0, 11-3
Stony Brook, 0-0, 9-4
Vermont, 0-0, 7-5
Hartford, 0-0, 7-6
Boston U., 0-0, 6-7
Maine, 0-0, 5-8
New Hampshire, 0-0, 4-8
Binghamton, 0-0, 2-11
UMBC, 0-0, 2-11
Boston U. at Maine
Vermont at New Hampshire
Binghamton at Hartford