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Hooley sparks Great Danes

Hooley sparks Great Danes

Senior David Wiegmann dominated the boards, finishing with 14 rebounds, and sophomore guard Peter Ho

Senior David Wiegmann dominated the boards, finishing with 14 rebounds, and sophomore guard Peter Hooley notched a new career-high with 24 points to lead the University at Albany men’s basketball team over Rider, 70-59, in a non-conference basketball game Tuesday night.

The Great Danes evened their record at 3-3 and snapped a three-game losing streak. Rider fell to 1-3.

“We finally played the first half of basketball,” said head coach Will Brown, whose team had trailed in the first half of all five of its previous games. “It was a good team effort. Peter got us going early and David was outstanding on the glass. Everyone that played contributed, so it’s a good win.”

Hooley got off to a hot start, hitting two of his career-high five three-pointers before the first media timeout. The Great Danes got out to a 10-2 lead in the opening minutes behind Hooley’s eight points and four rebounds from Wiegmann. The Broncs opened the game 1-for-7 from the field.

Despite shooting no free throws in the first half, UAlbany got several key players for the Broncs in foul trouble. Khalil Alford picked up his second personal foul with eight minutes left in the first half, and Rider’s early scoring leader, Junior Fortunat, picked up two fouls in less than two minutes.

UAlbany held a 32-16 halftime advantage.

Hooley continued to light it up from the field, taking advantage of an and-one at the 13:46 mark to register a new career high and give UAlbany its largest lead, 45-22.

UALBANY (70)

S. Rowley 2-4 5-6 9, Wiegmann 2-5 4-4 8, Puk 3-6 1-1 7, Evans 2-6 6-6 10, Hooley 7-10 5-5 24, Shengelia 0-0 0-0 0, Haas 3-5 0-0 8, M. Rowley 0-0 0-0 0, Devlin 2-3 0-0 4, Egharevba 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-39 21-22 70.

RIDER (59)

Thomas 1-3 0-0 2, Stewart 3-10 2-3 8, Sadler 2-7 0-0 5, Taylor 7-10 2-3 17, Myles 4-11 4-6 12, Valentine 1-2 0-0 2, Alford 2-5 0-0 5, Fortunat 4-7 0-0 8, Pereira 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-57 8-12 59.

Halftime: UAlbany, 32-16. Three-point goals: UAlbany 7-15 (Hooley 5-7, Haas 2-4, Wiegmann 0-1, Evans 0-3), Rider 3-14 (Taylor 1-1, Sadler 1-2, Alford 1-4, Pereira 0-2, Stewart 0-2, Myles 0-3). Fouled out: Puk. Rebounds: UAlbany 35 (Wiegmann 14), Rider 19 (Sadler 8). Assists: UAlbany 12 (Wiegmann 4), Rider 8 (Alford, Valentine 3). Total fouls: UAlbany 19, Rider 20. A—1,030.

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