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UAlbany men's basketball falls to Monmouth

UAlbany men's basketball falls to Monmouth

Clark scores 18 for Great Danes
UAlbany men's basketball falls to Monmouth
Ahmad Clark had 18 points in UAlbany's 72-70 loss to Monmouth on Saturday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. — A 5-0 run late in the game helped Monmouth take the lead, and Hawks held on to beat UAlbany 72-70 in a men’s college basketball non-conference game Saturday at OceanFirst Bank Center.

The Hawks (6-5) were trailing 64-63 when they went on their run to take a 68-64 lead. Malachi de Sousa hit a layup to bring UAlbany (6-8) within two with 29 seconds remaining. After Monmouth hit one of two free throws to go up three, Trey Hutcheson hit a three in the left corner to tie the game at 69 with nine seconds left.

Monmouth drove the length of the court and hit a contested layup while drawing a foul with two seconds to go to take a 71-69 lead. One of the Hawks’ bench players ran on to the court to celebrate, drawing a technical foul. Healy hit the technical free throw to close the lead to just one with two seconds remaining.

Monmouth next hit its and-one free throw, leaving UAlbany to drive the length of the court to win or tie the game. Ahmad Clark’s long 3-point attempt missed the mark.

“We executed the last play, and Ahmad a good look,” UAlbany head coach Will Brown said. “But we had a couple of possessions defensively that we didn’t finish where we gave them second opportunities. It’s hard for me to be upset about their last basket because it’s a bang-bang situation.”

Clark scored 14 of his team-high 18 points in the second half. Cameron Healy added 15 points, 14 of which came in the first half. Romani Hansen had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

ALBANY (70)
M.De Sousa 3-6 1-2 7, Ah.Clark 7-9 3-4 18, Lauderdale 1-3 2-2 4, R.Hansen 4-9 2-5 10, C.Healy 4-10 3-4 15, Hutcheson 2-2 0-1 5, Jj.Anderson 1-2 0-0 2, Rizzuto 1-7 0-0 3, S.French 2-4 2-6 6, Hank 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 13-24 70.
MONMOUTH (72)
Chaput 2-5 0-0 5, Salnave 6-11 5-5 19, McClary 1-7 3-4 5, M.Traore 4-15 3-4 11, D.Hammond 8-10 1-1 20, Papas 2-10 0-0 6, Me.Martin 0-0 3-4 3, Pillari 0-5 0-0 0, Rutty 0-2 0-0 0, G.Gabriel 0-1 0-0 0, Ibiezugbe 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 24-67 16-19 72.
Halftime score— UAlbany 33, Monmouth 32. 3-Point Goals—UAlbany 7-20 (C.Healy 4-8, Hutcheson 1-1, Ah.Clark 1-2, Rizzuto 1-6, Jj.Anderson 0-1, R.Hansen 0-2), Monmouth 8-23 (D.Hammond 3-5, Salnave 2-3, Papas 2-9, Chaput 1-2, G.Gabriel 0-1, McClary 0-1, Pillari 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—UAlbany 39 (R.Hansen 10), Monmouth 38 (M.Traore 9). Assists—UAlbany 11 (Ah.Clark 4), Monmouth 9 (Salnave 5). Total Fouls—UAlbany 21, Monmouth 21 (D.Hammond 4). A—1,669.

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