ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany men’s basketball (4-3) posted a season-high shooting percentage (.564, 31-55) on Sunday in a dominant 88-54 win over Yale (3-3). The Great Danes are above .500 for the first time in the 2015-16 non-conference slate.
“I thought we defended well and played with a sense of urgency,” said head coach Will Brown. “When you make shots, you’re a much better basketball team; your defensive rebounding tends to be pretty good as well. I want to depend on our defense and our ability on the glass every night. We’re starting to click a little bit, as long as we continue to defend and rebound the basketball we can be very good.”
UAlbany came out of the gate hot from the field, going 3-for-3 to take an 8-2 lead. Yale conversely went 1-for-5 with two turnovers in the absence of its top scorer, Justin Sears.
Evan Singletary continued to shoot the ball well in the early going, boasting a 4-for-5 clip to extend UAlbany’s lead to 17-7 at the 12:24 mark. The senior had 10 points before the under-12 media timeout in the first half.
In the midst of a 9-2 mini-run mid-way through the half, the Danes notched a perfect 5-for-5 spurt to bring the lead to 15, 28-13 with eight minutes to play. Singletary, Ray Sanders and Travis Charles combined to go 11-for-14 (.786) in the first 12 minutes of the contest, with all but two of UAlbany’s points between them.
The Bulldogs crept within 10 on a 7-2 run of their own, but the Purple & Gold responded with two threes off the hands of Singletary and Jamir Andrews. Brown’s squad went 3-for-4 from the field and forced two Yale turnovers in the final four minutes of the period. The Danes took a 45-27 lead into the break.
Through the first 20 minutes, three Danes were already in double figures, including Singletary (16), Sanders (10) and Charles (10). UAlbany was 18-for-26 (.692) from the field, and 6-for-11 (.545) from three-point range.
Brown & co., extended the lead into the 20s early in the second half after putting Yale’s front court in foul trouble. Starting forwards Sam Downey and Brandon Sherrod recorded their fourth and third fouls respectively with 16 minutes remaining. Mike Rowley scored six points in less than three minutes against undersized defenders.
As the game slipped away from the Bulldogs, the teams went without a field goal for nearly five minutes in the second half. UAlbany maintained an unselfish playing style to pull the advantage into the 30s with less than five minutes to go. The Danes went 5-for-5 from the field and 5-for-7 from the charity stripe to conclude the game with an 88-54 win.
UAlbany posted a season-high 23 assists, its best since another 23-assist performance at Maine on Jan. 31, 2015. Along with their season-best field goal percentage (.564) the Great Danes also coughed up a season-low eight turnovers.
For the seventh time in his career, Evan Singletary matched his career high with 21 points on 7-for-9 from the field. Travis Charles (16), Ray Sanders (15) and Jamir Andrews (10) joined Singletary in double digits. Peter Hooley went for a career-best eight assists to go with eight rebounds and four steals with just one turnover.
Next up, UAlbany men’s basketball wraps up three games in five days at Quinnipiac (2-2) on Tuesday at 7:00pm.