College basketball: Shorthanded UAlbany men lose to NJIT; UAlbany, Siena women roll to wins

University at Albany's Gerald Drumgoole takes a shot while being blocked by Florida Atlantic's Vladislav Goldin at Hudson Valley Community College Saturday, November 26, 2022.
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University at Albany's Gerald Drumgoole takes a shot while being blocked by Florida Atlantic's Vladislav Goldin at Hudson Valley Community College Saturday, November 26, 2022.

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NEWARK, N.J. — Down to just seven players in uniform for Saturday night’s game against NJIT, UAlbany men’s basketball let the game get just a bit too far out of reach, and a late comeback attempt wasn’t enough as the Great Danes dropped a 74-67 verdict.

UAlbany (1-4 America East, 6-14 overall) was severely shorthanded for the second straight game. After suiting up just eight players in Wednesday’s loss to Bryant, the Great Danes were down another man Saturday as Trey Hutcheson didn’t travel with the team to New Jersey after the senior forward suffered what head coach Dwayne Killings called a “pinched nerve” in his back at practice on Friday.

Sophomore forward Aaron Reddish was held out of a second straight game for failing to live up to program standards.

“We’ll figure out his status for next week once we get through the rest of the weekend,” Killings said.

UAlbany and NJIT (2-2, 5-12) were tied 33-33 at the half, but an 18-5 run by the Highlanders left the Great Danes facing a 62-48 deficit with 6:24 to play. UAlbany rallied to get as close as five points thanks to a big night from Gerald Drumgoole Jr., who scored a career-high 29 points while playing all 40 minutes for the third straight game, but NJIT was able to seal the game down the stretch.

“Disappointing loss for us,” Killings said. “We obviously only had seven guys, but no excuse. We had chances to win it.”

Da’Kquan Davis added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Great Danes, and Jonathan Beagle finished with 11 points and eight boards. Kevin Osawe’s 18-point, eight-rebound effort led NJIT.

UAlbany returns to action Thursday with a home game against Binghamton.

Women

UALBANY 73, NJIT 54

TROY — Helene Haegerstrand scored a career-high 28 points, and the Great Danes rode red-hot shooting to a 19-point win at Hudson Valley Community College.

Haegerstrand shot 10 of 11 from the field and connected on all four of her 3-point attempts for UAlbany (6-0 America East, 12-8 overall), while Morgan Haney scored 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting. Haney’s scoring output matched her career-best, which she last achieved in the 2022 America East tournament championship game against Maine.

Ellen Hahne added 14 points and Kayla Cooper scored nine in a game where the Great Danes shot 51% from the field and were a scorching 9 of 11 from 3-point range.

Alexandra Zuniga led NJIT (3-2, 8-9) with 11 points in a game that UAlbany put away with a 26-14 advantage in the third quarter.

The Great Danes are back in action Wednesday on the road against Binghamton.

SIENA 94, SAINT PETER’S 45

LOUDONVILLE — The Saints bounced back from a 25-point loss to Manhattan by matching the program’s most points in a game in 21 years and posting their most lopsided win in 29 years.

Teresa Seppala made 6 of 7 3-point attempts and scored a career-high 24 points for Siena (5-2 MAAC, 11-6 overall), which scored its most points in a game since a 94-85 win over Fairfield on Feb. 7, 2002. The 49-point margin of victory was Siena’s largest since 1 107-67 win over Canisius on Feb. 2, 1994.

Anajah Brown added 13 points and six rebounds for Siena, Ahniysha Jackson scored 11 points and London Gamble scored 10 as the Saints got back on track after the loss to Manhattan ended a four-game win streak.

Saint Peter’s dropped to 0-7 in MAAC play and 0-16 overall with the loss.

Siena returns to action Thursday at 7 p.m. with a road game against Fairfield.

Categories: College Sports, Siena College, Sports, UAlbany

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