UAlbany men’s basketball struggles at Kansas State

UAlbany men’s basketball head coach Dwayne Killings at SEFCU Arena in Albany on Monday, July 6, 2021.
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UAlbany men’s basketball head coach Dwayne Killings at SEFCU Arena in Albany on Monday, July 6, 2021.

A week after registering its first win of the season, the UAlbany men’s basketball team severely struggled against a Big 12 Conference foe.

Playing Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas, the Great Danes fell 71-43 to Kansas State.

It wasn’t difficult to pinpoint what undid the Great Danes.

“We couldn’t make shots,” UAlbany head coach Dwayne Killings said during a post-game teleconference.

Scoring hasn’t been easy all season for the Great Danes, but Wednesday’s game marked a season-worst performance for UAlbany on offense. The Great Danes made 17 of 54 shots and 1 of 18 3-pointers, plus had five more turnovers than assists. In terms of total points, made field goals, 3-pointers made, field-goal shooting percentage and 3-point shooting percentage, the 1-6 Great Danes set new season-low marks.

Only De’Vondre Perry, with 11 points, registered double-digit scoring for the Great Danes. Perry made 5 of 10 shots, grabbed six rebounds and recorded two blocks, but no other UAlbany player scored more than seven points.

“I don’t know if it was the trip, or just the travel here or what, but we got a little bit mentally disconnected on the floor,” Killings said, “and I think it disrupted our shooting performance throughout the course of the game.”

UAlbany was initially competitive with Kansas State. The teams were tied at 17 following a basket from Trey Hutcheson with 6:35 left in the first half, but Kansas State ended the half on a 12-3 run, then started the second half with an 11-2 spurt.

“We didn’t execute on offense and then momentum got the best of us,” Killings said.

On the season, UAlbany is averaging 57.9 points per game on 38% shooting from the field and 26.5% shooting from 3. Killings said the Great Danes aren’t “super-efficient on the perimeter,” in general, and that finishing around the rim wasn’t an area of success against Kansas State.

For the Wildcats, Nijel Pack scored 17 points and two players recorded a double-double in the win. Mark Smith had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Selton Miguel had a dozen points and 10 rebounds for a Kansas State team that out-rebounded UAlbany 48-27.

Kansas State, coached by Bruce Weber, who led Illinois to a NCAA championship-game appearance in 2005, improved to 4-2 on the season. The Wildcats’ largest lead Wednesday was 28 points, the game’s final margin.

UAlbany next plays Tuesday at Yale, the Ivy League’s preseason favorite. Yale, coached by UAlbany graduate James Jones, is 5-4 this season.

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