Tempers flare as Danes enjoy some payback

Push came to shove after UAlbany defeated rival Binghamton.

University at Albany’s up-and-down season took another strange turn Wednesday night at the Events Center.

After the Great Danes led by as many as 20 points and posted a convincing 74-52 victory, Binghamton head coach Kevin Broadus refused to shake Albany head coach Will Brown’s hand. Broadus made some remarks to Brown, and then shoved Albany assistant coach Chad O’Donnell, when O’Donnell stepped between the two before peace was restored.

The bad blood between the two former SUNYAC rivals was evident when Brown made some comments about the Binghamton coach and two of his players following Binghamton’s 71-57 win at SEFCU Arena.

Neither coach wanted to be specific about the comments either made follwong the game.

“I wasn’t paying attention,” said Brown. “I wanted to get back to my players.”

“I dont want guys to take shots about my program. I’m going to protect my guys,” said Broadus. “There is no war between me and Will Brown.”

Broadus was asked why he shoved O’Donnell.

“I didn’t shove him. He got up in my face,” Broadus said.

The fireworks between the coaching staff was more heated than the low-scoring first half, when the Great Danes finally caught fire, and pulled away for a 31-18 lead at intermission.

Albany, which lost to 4-22 Canisius by

64-60 after leading by 18 points Saturday night, extended its lead to 68-48 when Brian Lillis made a pair of free throws with 4:22 left.

Binghamton, which was tied for third place with Albany entering the game, whittled its deficit to 68-54 with 3:27 remaining. But the Danes held on to even their overall record at 14-14 and improve their America East Conference mark to 9-6. Binghamton fell to 8-7 and 13-15.

“We’re a team searching for momentum, and we got some

tonight,” said Brown. “We were very focused, and we played with a sense of urgency. This was a huge win for us. I usuallly don’t stress one game over another, but we needed this game.”

Fifth-year senior guard Jon Iati came off the bench to score 18 points for the Great Danes. Lillis contributed 17 points, four assists and three blocked shots, while sen­ior forward Brent Wilson scored 12 points.

“We are still trying to hunt the second seed,” said Iati. “I got

going early, and got my rhythm. Coach trusted me, and left me in the game.”

“You never know what team will show up.”

Binghamton was led by Mike Gordon with 11 points, while Lazar Trifunovic and Reggie Fuller had 10 each. Gordon scored 32 points in the first meeting between the two teams.

“After Gordon scored so many points in the first game, we had a hand in his face all night,” said Lillis.

“They beat us fair and square,” said Broadus. “Iati played out of his mind tonight, and Lillis is an all-league player.”

“We tried to keep them off balance,” said Brown. “We didn’t want Mike Gordon to go off on us. Both of these teams wanted to win this game.”

Brown said that he wasn’t worried that this rivalry could get out of hand.

“College football and college basketball games get heated, especially with rivals. But this game is about the kids, not about the coach or his staff. It’s not about Willl Brown or Kevin Broadus.”

The Great Danes shot a season-best 55 percent from the floor.


Connelly 3-5 3-4 9, Wilson 4-7 2-4 12, Turley 2-3 0-0 4, Lillis 5-12 6-11 17, Ambrose 2-4 0-0 4, Martin 0-0 3-4 3, Hastings 0-1 0-0 0, Moores 0-0 0-0 0, Iati 5-7 5-5 18, Covington 0-0 0-0 0, Gifford 3-4 1-1 7. Totals 24-43 20-29 74.


Trifunovic 5-9 0-4 10, Olomo 0-0 0-0 0, Gordon 3-13 4-4 11, Forbes 3-11 0-0 6, Lukusa 3-5 1-3 8, Camara 0-0 0-0 0, Herbert 3-6 0-0 8, Henry 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 2-8 2-2 7, Fuller 4-8 2-3 10, Montgomery 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 24-61 9-16 62.

Halftime—Albany 31-18. 3-Point Goals—Albany 6-10 (Iati 3-4, Wilson 2-4, Lillis 1-1, Ambrose 0-1), Binghamton 5-18 (Herbert 2-4, Jackson 1-2, Lukusa 1-2, Gordon 1-5, Fuller 0-1, Forbes 0-4). Fouled Out—Jackson. Rebounds—Albany 30 (Wilson 6), Binghamton 34 (Fuller 9). Assists—Albany 17 (Lillis, Wilson 4), Binghamton 15 (Forbes 5). Total Fouls—Albany 19, Binghamton 24. Technical—Connelly. A—4,711.

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