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UAlbany vs. Maine: Johnson lifts Danes past Bears

UAlbany vs. Maine: Johnson lifts Danes past Bears

Senior guard Gary Johnson poured in a career-high 28 points to spark the University at Albany men’s

Senior guard Gary Johnson poured in a career-high 28 points to spark the University at Albany men’s basketball team to an 85-78 victory over Maine Saturday afternoon.

The Great Danes snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 3-2 in the America East Conference and 9-9 overall.

“We wanted to be aggressive and not settle for jumpers,” said Johnson. “I just wanted to attack and get my opportunities. I take pride in my defense first, and I think the rest took care of itself.”

The second half started off rocky for the Great Danes, as Sam Rowley picked up his third and fourth fouls with 14 minutes left in the game.

His brother, Mike Rowley, stepped in for two steals and one assist in the next several possessions. A frustrated Black Bears team sent Peter Hooley to the line for a pair of technical foul free throws after committing three straight turnovers.

Johnson took over the game with six minutes to go, scoring nine points in one minute.

The Great Danes went scoreless for three minutes late in the second half, and Maine cut the UAlbany lead to three with 55 seconds left. Six made free throws from Hooley in the last 20 seconds clinched the win.

Hooley went 12-for-12 from the line, marking his third time going perfect from the line in a single game when attempting 10 or more free throws. He had 19 points and six assists.

Mike Rowley had a career-high 10 points to go with five boards and three steals.

“We just have to find a way at this point in the season,” said head coach Will Brown. “We were con-fident that we would be able to score, but we needed to be able to make stops. We made enough plays to come out with one more point than them.”

UALBANY (85)

S. Rowley 3-3 0-0 6, Johnson 9-11 10-14 28, Puk 2-7 0-0 4, Evans 3-9 2-4 9, Hooley 3-8 12-12 19, Shengelia 1-3 0-0 2, M. Rowley 4-6 1-2 10, Egharevba 3-5 0-0 7, Wiegmann 0-0 0-0 0, Ennema 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-53 25-32 85.

MAINE (78)

Cato 1-4 0-0 2, Mackey 11-12 2-4 24, Akanda-Coronel 6-10 4-6 19, Valjarevic 2-5 0-0 5, Pollard 4-11 2-2 11, Ejiga 0-0 0-0 0, Lawton 1-5 2-2 4, Gloger 4-7 5-5 13, Beal 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-55 15-19 78.

Halftime: UAlbany, 42-39. Three-point goals: UAlbany, 4-11 (Evans 1-1, Egharevba 1-2, M. Rowley 1-3, Hooley 1-4, Ennema 0-1), Maine 5-16 (Akanda-Coronel 3-4, Valjarevic 1-4, Pollard 1-5, Beal 0-1, Lawton 0-2). Fouled out: Akanda-Coronel, M. Rowley, Valjarevic. Rebounds: UAlbany 23 (M. Rowley 5), Maine 34 (Pollard 8). Assists: UAlbany 14 (Hooley 6), Maine 17 (Lawton 6). Total fouls:UAlbany 17, Maine 24.

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