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UAlbany gets No. 7 seed after losing at Vermont

UAlbany gets No. 7 seed after losing at Vermont

Great Danes will play at No. 2 Stony Brook to start America East playoffs on Saturday
UAlbany gets No. 7 seed after losing at Vermont
Head coach Will Brown's UAlbany Great Danes lost at Vermont on Tuesday.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The UAlbany men's basketball team ran its season-ending losing streak to five games with an 85-62 defeat to Vermont at Patrick Gymnasium on Tuesday.

They'll now make a run down to Long Island to play Stony Brook to begin the America East Tournament as a No. 7 seed. That quarterfinal game will be played at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Great Danes (7-9 AE, 14-17 overall) fell behind 39-22 at halftime and never recovered, as Everett Duncan scored 22 points for the top-seeded Catamounts (14-2, 24-7), who made 72% of their field goals (18-for-25) in the second half and finished the game at 56.4%.

Ahmad Clark scored 19 points and had six assists for the Great Danes, and Antonio Rizzuto finished with 12, as UAlbany hit just 38.6% from the field.

UAlbany was in position to clinch at least a No. 4 seed with a victory and some other favorable results around the conference, but had to settle for the 7.

Tuesday's game began with a sequence previously agreed upon by head coach Will Brown and Vermont head coach John Becker.  Josh Speidel, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident before arriving on campus as a freshman, was honored with his senior-year classmates as part of Vermont's Senior Night.  Speidel had his scholarship honored for his four years, and suited up for the first time tonight.

As previously agreed upon by the two head coaches, UAlbany won the opening tip and scored an uncontested layup.  Vermont took possession and passed the ball around before finding Speidel under the hoop for an uncontested layup, his first points as a Catamount.  The game was temporarily paused to honor Speidel coming off the court.

"It was a great evening to be a part of," Brown said. "We obviously wish we would have played a little bit better, but we're happy for Josh Speidel and his family.  There was an unbelievable turnout for this, and it was well-deserved.  I thought we got some good looks in the first half, and I thought in the second half we came out and we competed.  A new season begins on Saturday, and we have to be ready to go."

ALBANY (62)

Hutcheson 2-8 1-2 6, Ah.Clark 8-17 0-0 19, Rizzuto 4-10 0-0 12, R.Hansen 3-3 2-2 9, C.Healy 1-7 2-2 5, M.De Sousa 0-2 2-4 2, Lauderdale 2-6 1-2 5, Hank 1-2 0-0 2, S.French 0-0 0-0 0, Shafer 0-1 0-0 0, Fruscio 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 22-57 8-12 62.

VERMONT (85)

A.Lamb 5-10 5-7 15, Deloney 4-9 2-2 10, St.Smith 5-10 2-2 14, Shungu 2-3 0-1 4, E.Duncan 6-7 4-5 22, Patella 3-7 0-0 6, I.Powell 2-3 0-0 5, Giddens 3-3 0-0 6, Demuth 0-2 1-2 1, Ry.Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Speidel 1-1 0-0 2, Beckett 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-55 14-19 85.

Albany 22 40 — 62

Vermont 39 46 — 85

3-Point Goals—Albany 10-28 (Rizzuto 4-10, Ah.Clark 3-5, R.Hansen 1-1, C.Healy 1-5, Hutcheson 1-6, Shafer 0-1), Vermont 9-21 (E.Duncan 6-6, St.Smith 2-4, I.Powell 1-1, Demuth 0-2, A.Lamb 0-2, Deloney 0-3, Patella 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Albany 30 (Hutcheson 8), Vermont 35 (Patella 8). Assists—Albany 12 (Ah.Clark 6), Vermont 20 (Deloney 8). Total Fouls—Albany 16 (Rizzuto, R.Hansen 4), Vermont 15 (E.Duncan, St.Smith 4). A—NA.

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