The University at Albany Great Danes took the court for a Sunday matinee with a 3-3 record. Hoping to inch past the .500 mark, Will Brown and his squad needed a win against the University of Yale Bulldogs.
The last time these two teams met was in New Haven, CT and the game was a lot closer. With Albany eventually pulling away with the 64-60 win, this game seems a bit sweet. In a dominating performance, the Great Danes took control of the court and never let it go. Ray Sanders started it all with a three from the corner, and continued to be a hot hand for the rest of the night.
Four Great Danes ended the game in double figures. Evan Singletary lead the game with a high of 21 points, with 4 of 5 shooting from beyond the arc. Junior Travis Charles came in with 16 points and Sanders just below him with 15 points. Jamir Andrews brought in 10 points.
Peter Hooley, Albany's favorite player, has been in a bit of a shooting funk. "He's gotta get out of this little funk... He's thinking too much." Coach Brown said. He ended the game with a whole two points in 1 of 6 shooting, but was able to bring in eight rebounds and eight assists. "Peter had eight rebounds and eight assists. Most people would call that a great night. And you know what? That's what we needed tonight from him."
Yale's most promising player, and biggest threat to Albany, Justin Sears, was out sick with the flu for this game. That apparently made more of a difference than anyone assumed. While I don't think either team thought it was going to be a 34 point difference.
Yale wasn't the only team missing a player. The Danes had to play without Greg Stire, it seems he only would have brought more havoc to the court "I was concerned because Greg Stire wasn't going to play tonight. He's been our most consistent player, he's been rock solid and not having him in the lineup makes our front court even smaller."
Albany has only until Tuesday to get ready for their next opponent. The Danes will be heading down to the Nutmeg state to square off against the Quinnipiac Bobcats.