UAlbany men’s basketball set to play in Northern Ireland

Great Danes play LIU Brooklyn on Thursday
UAlbany plays LIU Brooklyn on Thursday.
UAlbany plays LIU Brooklyn on Thursday.

ALBANY — After nearly a week off from game action, the University at Albany men’s basketball team resumes play Thursday in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The Great Danes are competing in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic’s Samson Bracket. UAlbany plays 2 p.m. Thursday against LIU Brooklyn, then plays Friday against Dartmouth or Marist, depending on Thursday’s outcomes.

Here are five things to know before the Great Danes finish play in the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic.

Last time out

UAlbany fell to 2-4 on the season after losing 79-70 Friday at Milwaukee.

In that game, junior Ahmad Clark had 25 points to lead UAlbany, while redshirt freshman Cameron Healy had 15.

Milwaukee made 12 of 21 3-pointers in its win.

Avoid a losing skid

UAlbany has lost its last two games.

The Great Danes last lost three consecutive games in January 2017, when it opened America East play that season with losses to UMass Lowell, Stony Brook and New Hampshire. That season, UAlbany rallied after its 0-3 conference start to make an appearance in the league’s championship game.

Last season, the Great Danes lost back-to-back games on one occasion. UAlbany started this season with consecutive losses, then won two games in a row before its current two-game losing streak.

First-time foes

UAlbany and LIU Brooklyn are meeting for the first time.

LIU Brooklyn brings a 3-3 record into the matchup against UAlbany. LIU Brooklyn has lost its last three games.

All-time, UAlbany is 5-4 against Dartmouth, and 10-2 against Marist.

Healy heating up

Behind Clark’s average of 17.7 points per game, Healy is UAlbany’s leading scorer on the season at 16.2 points per game.

Healy has been particularly good from behind the 3-point line. The redshirt freshman is shooting 41.7 percent from 3-point territory, while taking a high volume of shots from downtown. Healy is averaging 8.0 attempts per game from beyond the arc.

Healy is also averaging 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

Senior leader

Through six games of his senior season, Devonte Campbell is performing at a career-best level in several categories.

Campbell is averaging career-high totals in scoring (10.5), rebounds (7.2) and steals (1.0). Campbell is also shooting a career-best percentage from 3-point territory at 37.5 percent.

Campbell is also averaging 33.0 minutes per game, which is second on the team to Healy’s 33.5 minutes per game.

Reach Michael Kelly at [email protected] or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter.

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