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10 numbers to know: UAlbany men's basketball season, in review

10 numbers to know: UAlbany men's basketball season, in review

UAlbany finished 22-10
10 numbers to know: UAlbany men's basketball season, in review
UAlbany finished 22-10.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

ALBANY — Following a 22-win regular season, the University at Albany men’s basketball campaign won’t include playing in a postseason tournament. 

UAlbany finished 22-10 to record its fourth consecutive season with at least 20 wins. The Great Danes lost to Stony Brook in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament, which wrapped Saturday with UMBC upsetting Vermont in the championship game.  

Here are 10 numbers to know from the Great Danes’ 2017-18 campaign.


Joe Cremo finished his junior season with 1,469 career points, leaving him at No. 8 all-time on UAlbany’s scoring list and at No. 5 since the program started playing at the Division I level. Cremo will enter his senior season with an outside shot to catch the program’s all-time leading scorer Jamar Wilson, who scored 2,164 points from 2002 to 2007.


Senior Greig Stire finished his UAlbany career with 132 appearances, one shy of matching the program record which belongs to Blake Metcalf. Stire, the only one of UAlbany’s four seniors to spend his entire college career playing for the Great Danes, averaged 8.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in his final collegiate season. Both those marks were career-highs.


Through UAlbany’s first 11 games, it posted a 90.9 winning percentage. In its 10-1 start, it outscored teams by an average of 9.6 points per game.


Three players — fifth-year senior Travis Charles, Cremo and junior David Nichols — combined to score 62.8 percent of the Great Danes’ points. Cremo averaged 17.8 points per game to lead UAlbany, while Charles and Nichols each averaged 14.6.


In UAlbany’s final 21 games, it posted a 57.1 winning percentage. In its 12-9 finish, it outscored teams by an average of 4.1 points per game.


Per kenpom.com, the Great Danes allotted only 20.4 percent of their minutes to reserves. Through this season’s conference tournaments, UAlbany used its bench for the third-least minutes of any team in the country.


Seven players posted individual positive net ratings for the Great Danes, per sports-reference.com. Those players were senior Costa Anderson, junior Devonte Campbell, Charles, Cremo, fifth-year senior Alex Foster, Nichols and Stire.


Only four Great Danes made double-digit 3-pointers this season. Those players were Cremo (76), Nichols (57), Anderson (23) and sophomore Ahmad Clark (18). Only Cremo (45.8 percent) and Clark (41.9 percent) shot better than 40.0 percent from 3-point territory.


In 32 games, UAlbany only used three starting lineups. For 30 games, the Great Danes started their favored combination of Campbell, Charles, Cremo, Nichols and Stire.


Despite playing 18 games decided by nine or fewer points, UAlbany played zero overtime games. In their games decided by fewer than 10 points, the Great Danes went 10-8.

Reach Michael Kelly at [email protected] or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter.

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