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UAlbany vs. Hartford: Hooley carries Danes

UAlbany vs. Hartford: Hooley carries Danes

Peter Hooley had a career-high 25 points on Saturday night to guide the University at Albany past Ha

Peter Hooley had a career-high 25 points on Saturday night to guide the University at Albany past Hartford, 81-56, in the America East Conference opener for both teams.

DJ Evans added 20 points for Albany (7-7), including 6-for-8 from three-point range. Hooley had five of his six triples in the opening stanza, four of which fueled a 16-0 UAlbany run, to help the Great Danes open up a 20-point lead early on.

Hooley was 6-for-9 from long distance, and the Great Danes were 16-for-23 (69.6 percent). UAlbany also shot 9-for-18 from inside the arc to finish with 58.1 percent shooting overall.

UAlbany led, 52-39, in the second half when it made five of six three-pointers over a four-minute stretch to extend its lead to 67-43 with 8:32 left.

Hooley added six assists and five rebounds.

Hartford fell behind, 29-12, but finished the first half on a seven-point run to close within 39-30. The Hawks (5-10) shot 41.2 percent with only five turnovers, but gave up a 37-14 rebounding edge to UAlbany.

Mark Nwakamma led the Hawks with 13 points.

Out of the break, Nwakamma scored Hartford’s first seven points, but UAlbany quickly regained its 20-point lead, one that ballooned to as many as 25 with 5:59 remaining on the clock.

All but three of the Great Danes’ 13 field goals in the final stretch came from outside of the three-point arc. Evans, who was held to just two free throws in the first 20 minutes, drilled six from long range in the second.

HARTFORD

Nwakamma 6-10 1-2 13, Wroe 1-2 0-0 3, Moore II 3-9 2-2 8, Cooper 1-6 0-0 3, Sikma 2-4 2-2 6, Cole 3-9 0-0 9, Graham 0-0 0-0 0, Aska 0-0 0-0 0, Dyson 2-4 2-2 7, Weir 0-0 0-0 0, Faulk 1-5 1-1 3, Schneck 2-2 0-1 4. Totals 21-51 8-10 56.

UALBANY

Evans 6-8 2-2 20, Hooley 7-11 5-6 25, S. Rowley 2-5 0-0 4, Johnson 2-5 4-5 8, Puk 3-6 2-2 8, Haas 2-3 0-0 6, M. Rowley 0-0 0-0 0, Devlin 1-1 0-0 2, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Egharevba 0-1 0-0 0, Wiegmann 0-0 0-0 0, Ennema 2-3 2-2 8. Totals 25-43 15-17 81.

Halftime: Albany, 39-30. Three-point goals: Hartford 6-20 (Cole 3-6, Wroe 1-1, Dyson 1-2, Cooper 1-3, Sikma 0-1, Faulk 0-1, Nwakamma 0-2, Moore II 0-4), UAlbany 16-23 (Evans 6-8, Hooley 6-9, Haas 2-3, Ennema 2-3). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds:— Hartford 14 (Sikma 4), UAlbany 37 (Puk 9). Assists: Hartford 8 (Cole, Moore II 2), UAlbany 18 (Hooley 6). Total Fouls: Hartford 14, UAlbany 13. A: 2,556.

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