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Aussies power Danes

When UAlbany's top two scorers combine for just 14 points, the Great Danes can't expect to win many games.

But despite the fact that Mike Black (six points on 1-for-13 shooting) and Jacob Iati (eight points) were held to 16 points under their combined averages, the Great Danes beat Hartford, 56-46, tonight at Chase Family Arena in West Hartford.

The reason UAlbany was able to beat the Hawks without much production from their key scorers was that a pair of Australians came to the rescue. Red-shirt freshman Peter Hooley scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds, and sophomore forward Sam Rowley continued his stellar play with 17 points and eight rebounds, barely missing his fourth straight double-double.

The Australian tandem, coupled with the Danes' tough defense, which limited Hartford to just 14 second-half points, saved the day for UAlbany, which won its fourth straight game. The Danes are now 5-1 in America East Conference play and 16-4 overall. They begin a four-game homestand Wednesday night against Boston University at SEFCU Arena.

The Great Danes must now prove they can beat the elite teams in the league, as three of the next four opponents are in the upper tier, including Vermont, which handed them their worst loss of the season at Patrick Gym in Burlington earlier this season, and archrival Stony Brook, considered the top team in the league.

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