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College basketball: UAlbany men fall to Vermont

College basketball: UAlbany men fall to Vermont

In women's play, Danes win, Siena loses
College basketball: UAlbany men fall to Vermont
Antonio Rizzuto scored 15 points in UAlbany's loss to Vermont on Saturday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Vermont closed out the first half with a 21-9 run to take a 30-21 halftime lead, and the America East-leading Catamounts rolled to a 67-49 men’s college basketball victory over UAlbany on Saturday at Patrick Gymnasium.

The loss snapped the Great Danes’ three-game winning streak.

The Danes (3-6 AE, 8-16 overall) got off to a better start than in the first meeting against the Catamounts (9-1, 19-5) a month ago, when Vermont blew out UAlbany 80-51. UAlbany held a slim lead early while stifling Vermont’s offense. With 14:48 to go in the first, UAlbany took a four-point lead, its biggest lead of the game.

Vermont took its first lead of the game with 10:08 remaining in the first half, initiating a scoring run that would span the remainder of the first half. 

UAlbany started the game shooting 1-for-9 from 3-point range. While Vermont shot 5 of 21 to start the first half, it grabbed 10 offensive rebounds and was 7-for-7 from the free-throw line.

“I think we lost this game in the first half because of self-inflicted stuff that you have to avoid when you play Vermont,” UAlbany head coach Will Brown said. “We got out-rebounded by double-digits in the first half, and that killed us. “I think our defense was outstanding in the first half, but they got some free opportunities off the glass. I thought, worst case, it should have been an even game at halftime, and I thought we wasted away a really good opportunity and a good defensive effort. I knew we’d struggle to score, just because of the way they defend and the way our team is constructed, but I thought we defended much better than we did in the first game.”

Antonio Rizzuto led the Danes with 15 points. Adam Lulka added 10.

Anthony Lamb powered Vermont with 26 points. Ernie Duncan scored 16 points, and Everett Duncan added 12.

UALBANY
C.Healy 3-13 0-1 9, Lulka 4-9 2-2 10, Rizzuto 5-9 0-0 15, Ah.Clark 1-8 1-2 3, Ra.Miller 1-1 2-3 4, M.De Sousa 1-3 0-0 2, Hank 1-3 0-0 2, D.Campbell 1-2 0-1 2, Lauderdale 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 18-49 5-9 49.
VERMONT
A.Lamb 10-19 4-4 26, R.Duncan 1-7 0-0 3, Er.Duncan 5-8 2-2 16, Ev.Duncan 3-8 3-3 12, St.Smith 1-6 0-0 2, Dingba 1-2 0-0 2, Ry.Davis 2-5 0-0 4, Shungu 0-1 0-0 0, Moll 1-3 0-0 2, K.Garrison 0-0 0-0 0, Lorenzo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-59 9-9 67.
Halftime: Vermont 30, UAlbany 21. 3-point goals: UAlbany 8-20 (Rizzuto 5-8, C.Healy 3-8, M.De Sousa 0-1, Lulka 0-1, Ah.Clark 0-2), Vermont 10-25 (Er.Duncan 4-7, Ev.Duncan 3-6, A.Lamb 2-5, R.Duncan 1-2, St.Smith 0-2, Ry.Davis 0-3). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: UAlbany 29 (Hank 7), Vermont 39 (A.Lamb 14). Assists: UAlbany 9 (C.Healy 4), Vermont 12 (Er.Duncan 4). Total Fouls: UAlbany 13, Vermont 13. A: 3,116.

Women

MONMOUTH 56, SIENA 54 (OT)
LOUDONVILLE — Mckinzee Barker scored 14 points as the Hawks beat the Saints in overtime in MAAC action at Alumni Recreation Center.

Siena (6-7 MAAC, 11-13 overall) had two players record double-doubles. Maddie Simms led the Saints with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Joella Gibson added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Aaliyah Jones also scored 10 points for Siena.

MONMOUTH
Barker 5-10 1-1 14, Middleton 3-4 2-5 8, Thomas 3-4 2-5 8, Green 2-18 0-0 6, Simmons 2-4 0-4 5, Balman 4-7 1-2 9, Wallace 0-0 4-4 4, Clough 0-4 4-6 4, Nason 0-0 0-0 0, Zelaya 0-1 0-0 0, Graham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 18-56 14-26 56.
SIENA
Sims 6-9 1-5 13, Gibson 4-8 2-5 10, Jones 3-14 2-2 10, Rawls 3-10 0-0 6, Piper 0-3 2-2 2, Peterson 3-5 0-0 8, Gerostergiou 1-5 1-2 3, Watts 1-3 0-1 2, Anthony 0-1 0-0 0, Strawn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 21-59 8-17 54.
Monmouth    22  7 10  9  8 — 56
Siena    8 15 14 11  6 — 54
3-point goals: Monmouth 6-25, Siena 4-18. Fouled out: Balman, Jones, Gerostergiou. Rebounds: Monmouth 41 (Middleton 8), Siena 43 (Sims 13). Assists: Monmouth 11 (Simmons 4), Siena 8 (Rawls 3). Total fouls: Monmouth 20, Siena 26. A: 1,110.

UALBANY 65, VERMONT 40
ALBANY — Alexi Schecter and Kyara Frames combined to score 32 points, and the Great Danes outscored the Catamounts 36-10 in the first half to cruise to an America East win.
Schecter scored 17 points for UAlbany (7-3 AE, 10-13 overall), which has won three straight and is 6-1 in its last seven. Frames had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
The 40 points allowed are the second lowest since the Danes held Hartford to 39 points during the 2015-16 season.
VERMONT
Crymble 2-10 6-6 11, Ca. Wright 3-11 0-0 7, Co. Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Larkins 0-4 2-2 2, Caverly 2-6 0-0 4, Wells 1-1 0-0 2, Handy 4-12 0-0 9, Derda 0-2 0-0 0, Wittenbeck 0-0 0-0 0, Handy 2-5 0-0 5. Totals: 14-51 8-8 40
UALBANY
Forster 2-5 0-0 4, Schecter 8-15 1-3 17, Frames 6-11 0-0 15, Stokes 3-6 3-4 9, Kantzy 1-6 0-0 3, Ford 1-1 0-0 2, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Conroy 3-5 0-0 8, DeCortes 1-1 0-0 2, Aslan 0-1 0-0 0, Canada 2-10 1-1 5. Totals: 27-61 5-8 65.
Vermont    5  5 10 20 — 40
UAlbany    18 18 12 17 — 65
3-point goals: Vermont 4-21, UAlbany 6-10. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Vermont 28 (Crymble, Ca. Wright 5), UAlbany 44 (Frames 10). Assists: Vermont 10 (Crymble 3), UAlbany 17 (Schecter 4). Total fouls: Vermont 11, UAlbany 11. A: 936.

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