ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany men lost to Stony Brook on Tuesday ending their winning streak.
The Great Danes won 13 straight games making them one of just four teams in the country still undefeated in conference play. They were hoping to keep the streak alive Tuesday night against Stony Brook.
Peter Hooley played in his first home game since his return to the team. His father Jeff and twin sister Emma were in the crowd to cheer him on. The junior guard came off the bench about six minutes into the game and pointed to the sky for his mom.
He missed his first two attempts but finally got one to go from the corner. It was his only points of the game. UAlbany was up 25-16.
The Seawolves slashed into the lead with Scott King pulling Stony Brook within two at the break, and the Danes lost steam down the stretch.
Jameel Warney imposed his will down low with 20 points and eleven boards for the preseason Player of the Year. Seawolves were up by five.
But UAlbany was not done, yet. Their big time shotmaker Evan Singletary made it a one possession game with two minutes to play. The Danes were only down by one with 20 seconds to go. Ray Sanders was wide open in the corner but couldn’t connect.
Stony Brook fouled and made both free throws. UAlbany still had a chance to tie the fame and force overtime with five seconds left. Singletary took the contested three pointer but missed the mark.
Stony Brook held on to win 59-56, and the Danes streak ended at 13.
After the game, Sam Rowley was honest about the streak coming to an end saying the team was not just disappoint but also upset about how they lost.
“Unforced errors were a big thing tonight,” he said. “Things we rely on, that perhaps we took for granted, like boxing out, and some of our passes and things like that. And it wasn’t just one guy, it was a bunch of people, and fortunately, that’s something we can work on but also if we are going to go up against the best teams in our league, that’s not some sort of mistake we can be making.”
“Stony Brook out toughed us in the second half and that’s why we lost the game,” UAlbany head coach Will Brown said. “I’m not going to spin it any other way or try to make it look better or look good. We got out toughed. Coach Brown needs to do a better job next time.”
It also turned out to be an emotional night for Hooley, but he had the support of the crowd that not only gave him a standing ovation when he first checked into the game, but also gave a standing ovation to his family who sat right behind the UAlbany bench.
While Hooley struggled with shooting during the game, Brown said he still has a long way to go before he’s back to 100 percent. Brown said anyone that knows the old Hooley knows he’s a guy that likes to attack the basket, but all his shots Tuesday night were three pointers.
“I just don’t think he’s ready to do what he’s used to doing,” Brown said. “Frustrating for him; it’s tough on me.”
Brown said he believes Hooley will be back to 100 percent by conference tournament time in a couple weeks.
Until then, he needs to help Hooley gradually get his game back.