RICHMOND, Ky. — The UAlbany men’s basketball team’s trip to the Commonwealth of Kentucky did not get off to a good start Saturday night.
Michael Morneo led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points as Eastern Kentucky defeated the Great Danes 77-64 in the first round of the Eastern Kentucky Invitational at McBrayer Arena.
The Great Danes (0-4) have two more games in Kentucky. They will face 13th-ranked Kentucky on Monday at 7 p.m. in Lexington. The Great Danes return to McBrayer Arena on Wednesday to take on Eastern Illinois in the second round of the Invitational at noon.
Cooper Robb scored 13 points for the Colonels (4-1) of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Devontae Blanton added 11 points.
Matt Cerutti was nearly perfect from the field for UAlbany. The graduate student guard scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
Freshman forward Justin Neely added 15 points for the Great Danes.
“It was a disappointing performance from our team,” UAlbany head coach Dwayne Killings said.” I think their pressure got to us a little bit and we unraveled — momentum, fatigue, it got to us as the game went on. We had 14 turnovers, but we made a bunch of wrong reads. There were some moments where we moved it, we shared it, and good things happened on the floor. Then there were some possessions where that just didn’t happen, and that’s not OK.”
After Wednesday’s game, UAlbany remains will have two more non-conference road contests. The Great Danes visit Kansas State on Dec. 1, and then head to Yale on Dev. 7.