UAlbany men’s basketball falls to Monmouth

Clark scores 18 for Great Danes
Ahmad Clark had 18 points in UAlbany's 72-70 loss to Monmouth on Saturday.
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Ahmad Clark had 18 points in UAlbany's 72-70 loss to Monmouth on Saturday.

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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — A 5-0 run late in the game helped Monmouth take the lead, and Hawks held on to beat UAlbany 72-70 in a men’s college basketball non-conference game Saturday at OceanFirst Bank Center.

The Hawks (6-5) were trailing 64-63 when they went on their run to take a 68-64 lead. Malachi de Sousa hit a layup to bring UAlbany (6-8) within two with 29 seconds remaining. After Monmouth hit one of two free throws to go up three, Trey Hutcheson hit a three in the left corner to tie the game at 69 with nine seconds left.

Monmouth drove the length of the court and hit a contested layup while drawing a foul with two seconds to go to take a 71-69 lead. One of the Hawks’ bench players ran on to the court to celebrate, drawing a technical foul. Healy hit the technical free throw to close the lead to just one with two seconds remaining.

Monmouth next hit its and-one free throw, leaving UAlbany to drive the length of the court to win or tie the game. Ahmad Clark’s long 3-point attempt missed the mark.

“We executed the last play, and Ahmad a good look,” UAlbany head coach Will Brown said. “But we had a couple of possessions defensively that we didn’t finish where we gave them second opportunities. It’s hard for me to be upset about their last basket because it’s a bang-bang situation.”

Clark scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the second half. Cameron Healy added 15 points, 14 of which came in the first half. Romani Hansen had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

ALBANY (70)
M.De Sousa 3-6 1-2 7, Ah.Clark 7-9 3-4 18, Lauderdale 1-3 2-2 4, R.Hansen 4-9 2-5 10, C.Healy 4-10 3-4 15, Hutcheson 2-2 0-1 5, Jj.Anderson 1-2 0-0 2, Rizzuto 1-7 0-0 3, S.French 2-4 2-6 6, Hank 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 13-24 70.
MONMOUTH (72)
Chaput 2-5 0-0 5, Salnave 6-11 5-5 19, McClary 1-7 3-4 5, M.Traore 4-15 3-4 11, D.Hammond 8-10 1-1 20, Papas 2-10 0-0 6, Me.Martin 0-0 3-4 3, Pillari 0-5 0-0 0, Rutty 0-2 0-0 0, G.Gabriel 0-1 0-0 0, Ibiezugbe 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 24-67 16-19 72.
Halftime score— UAlbany 33, Monmouth 32. 3-Point Goals—UAlbany 7-20 (C.Healy 4-8, Hutcheson 1-1, Ah.Clark 1-2, Rizzuto 1-6, Jj.Anderson 0-1, R.Hansen 0-2), Monmouth 8-23 (D.Hammond 3-5, Salnave 2-3, Papas 2-9, Chaput 1-2, G.Gabriel 0-1, McClary 0-1, Pillari 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—UAlbany 39 (R.Hansen 10), Monmouth 38 (M.Traore 9). Assists—UAlbany 11 (Ah.Clark 4), Monmouth 9 (Salnave 5). Total Fouls—UAlbany 21, Monmouth 21 (D.Hammond 4). A—1,669.

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