Looking back at some of the best Albany Cup performances

The series' history is littered with great individual efforts
UAlbany's David Nichols takes a shot during last year's Albany Cup.
UAlbany's David Nichols takes a shot during last year's Albany Cup.

ALBANY — Since the men’s basketball rivalry resumed between Siena College and the University at Albany, the annual game between the programs has included its fair share of memorable moments.   

Here are some of the best individual performances from past Albany Cup games, going back to when the series restarted between the schools in 2001.

One-man show

Siena won the 2001 matchup between the teams, but UAlbany’s E.J. Gallup provided a shooting display to remember.

In a 60-48 loss, Gallup scored 36 points. He made 12 of 22 shots, including 7 of 10 from 3-point territory.

Gallup’s 36 points, 12 made field goals and seven made 3s remain Albany Cup bests.

Breaking through

After Siena won the first three matchups between the teams, Jamar Wilson carried UAlbany to its first Albany Cup win in 2004’s 86-65 victory for the Great Danes.

Wilson scored 20 points, dished 10 assists and had seven rebounds. He was 14 of 14 from the free throw line, too.

Current UAlbany associate head coach Jon Iati scored 20 points in that win.

For Siena that year, Michael Haddix had 18 points and 10 rebounds. In Albany Cup games from 2002 to 2004, Haddix averaged 18.3 points and 9.7 rebounds.

More minutes, more numbers

Three times, the Albany Cup has gone to overtime. On two of those occasions, the extra minutes have helped create some impressive statistical lines.

In Siena’s 82-74 win in 2005, three players filled the box score. Siena’s Antoine Jordan scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while UAlbany’s Lucious Jordan — off the bench — had 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Siena’s Kojo Mensah recorded a triple-double that year with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.

In UAlbany’s double-overtime 88-82 win in 2010, Tim Ambrose and Logan Aronhalt combined for 51 points. For Siena, Ryan Rossiter registered 28 points and 13 rebounds.

While the 2011 game didn’t include overtime, Siena’s OD Anosike followed up Rossiter’s double-double with a major one of his own. In that 64-60 Siena win, Anosike had 21 points and 18 rebounds.

Five in a row

From 2005 to 2009, Siena won the Albany Cup. During that longest-in-the-rivalry winning streak, a different Saint led Siena in scoring in each year’s game.

In 2005, Antoine Jordan’s 24 points led the way.

Kenny Hasbrouck, the first player to play in four consecutive Albany Cup wins, led Siena in 2006 with 22 points.

Alex Franklin’s 24 points paced Siena in 2007.

In 2008, Edwin Ubiles scored 23 points off the bench for the Saints.

Clarence Jackson scored a game-high 25 in Siena’s 83-54 win in 2009, the most-lopsided game in Albany Cup history.

Just a year ago

As a freshman in 2015, David Nichols watched UAlbany lose 78-70 to Siena without ever checking into the game.

A year later, Nichols made sure the Great Danes won the first-ever meeting between the programs at SEFCU Arena.

In UAlbany’s 81-72 win, Nichols scored a game-high 29 points on 10 of 20 shooting. In addition to scoring a then-career-high total, Nichols also added four rebounds and four assists.

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