UAlbany gaining national attention ahead of NCAA Tournament

ALBANY, N.Y. – The game winning shot of the ECAC final game has pushed the University at Albany into the national spotlight.

Head coach Will Brown had to push back Tuesday’s practice to accommodate Peter Hooley’s media demands. The junior guard was on SportsCenter Monday night and again live on set Tuesday morning, and he had fun with the national recognition.

“There’s not many chances you get to be on national television and how best to take advantage of it in a family friendly way,” senior forward Sam Rowley said.

“He said if you can say meow in there four times that he was gonna buy me dinner or something, and I said, ‘I can’t do it,’ and he said, ‘Well, if they ask what happened when you got the ball just say “It was meow or never,” and I was like, “I can’t do that, Sam,”’” Hooley said.

“He was supposed to work it in kind of a little more subtly, but we’ll take it,” Rowley said. “Take what you can get. I’ll make him dinner or taken him out to dinner because he deserves it. Not just for the meow comments but for the whole interview. He was fantastic.”

UAlbany said it doesn’t see the national attention as a distraction. In fact, the Great Danes said they’ll be focused and ready to go for Oklahoma come game time on Friday night.

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