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UAlbany men's basketball falls to Quinnipiac

UAlbany men's basketball falls to Quinnipiac

Great Danes lose 86-69
UAlbany men's basketball falls to Quinnipiac
UAlbany lost Friday at Qunnipiac.
Photographer: Gazette file photo

A stretch of three games in three days started Friday with a tough one for the UAlbany men’s basketball team, which trailed for nearly all of its 86-69 loss to Quinnipiac.

Rich Kelly had 22 points to lead Quinnipiac, while Ahmad Clark had 20 points for the Great Danes at People’s United Center in Hamden, Connecticut. Friday’s matchup was part of the Bobcats Invitational, an event that will see UAlbany play 4 p.m. Saturday against Sacred Heart and 1 p.m. Sunday against Presbyterian.

While Clark made 8 of 13 shots, UAlbany mostly struggled to score throughout Friday’s contest. As a team, the Great Danes made 29 of 68 shots from the field, were 7 of 29 from 3-point territory and only attempted seven free throws.

Meanwhile, Quinnipiac made 17 of 33 shots from 3-point territory and outscored UAlbany 14-0 on fast-break points.

Trailing 45-33 at halftime, UAlbany got within 10 points midway through the second half. Quinnipiac answered with a 12-0 run to push its lead to 80-58, and the Great Danes were never closer than 16 points the rest of the way.

Cameron Healy had 15 points and eight assists for UAlbany, but the redshirt sophomore guard only made 5 of 16 shots. Trey Hutcheson added 11 points, a career-high for the freshman.

Quinnipiac improved to 1-2 with its victory, while UAlbany dropped to 2-3.

UALBANY

Rizzuto 1-7 0-0 3, de Sousa 2-6 0-0 4, Hank 4-5 0-2 8, Healy 5-16 2-3 15, Clark 8-13 2-2 20, Doherty 0-1 0-0 0, Hutcheson 5-11 0-0 11, Hansen 1-4 0-0 2, Lauderdale 3-5 0-0 6. Totals: 29-68 4-7 69.

QUINNIPIAC

Falzon 2-6 0-0 6, Kelly 8-13 0-0 22, Rigoni 2-8 1-2 7, Marfo 4-6 2-2 10, Williams 5-9 3-3 17, Balanc 6-12 1-1 16, McGuire 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Lewis 1-1 2-4 4, Pinkney 2-2 0-0 4. Totals: 30-57 9-12 86.

Halftime score: Quinnipiac 45, UAlbany 33. Three-point shooting: UAlbany 7-29 (Rizzuto 1-6, de Sousa 0-2, Healy 3-10, Clark 2-4, Doherty 0-1, Hutcheson 1-5, Hansen 0-1), Quinnipiac 17-33 (Falzon 2-6, Kelly 6-7, Rigoni 2-7, Williams 4-8, Balanc 3-5). Rebounds: UAlbany 37 (Hank 7), Quinnipiac 33 (Marfo 12). Assists: UAlbany 23 (Healy 8), Quinnipiac 24 (Kelly 6). Turnovers: UAlbany 9, Quinnipiac 11. Total fouls: UAlbany 15, Quinnipiac 10. Attendance: 890.

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