John Quackenbos

Men's Basketball Falls at Boston College 72-51

UAlbany Sports Information   12-10-2019

Score: Boston College 72, UAlbany 51

 

Location: Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

 

Records: UAlbany (5-6); Boston College (6-5)

 

Short story: Boston College doubles-up UAlbany in the second half to claim a 21-point victory, 72-51.

 

Key stats

 

  • Cameron Healy has hit a three-pointer in 43-straight games
  • Adam Lulka returned to the floor after missing the last seven games
  • UAlbany ended the game shooting 1-14 from three
  • UAlbany held BC to 34.4% shooting
  • UAlbany committed 20 turnovers for the second-straight game
  • UAlbany shot 6-6 from the line in the first half, but 5-15 in the second

 

Coach Brown: “I was pleased with our guys as far as their execution of the scouting report.  We felt pretty good coming into the game that we would be able to guard BC in the half court.  The biggest question mark for us was if we would be able to generate enough offense to win the game.  Turning the ball over 20 times on the road against an ACC opponent puts you in a tough spot.  And we got off to a bad start in the second half.  When they got up seven or nine, and we’d miss free throws, that nine quickly became 14.  We labored to score in the second half.  I think they’re pretty good defensively but I don’t think we capitalized on our opportunities.”

 

Recap

 

In the second leg of a two-game road swing, the University at Albany visited ACC opponent Boston College Tuesday night.  After holding a narrow lead at the break, Boston College came back and outscored UAlbany by 22 in the second half to win 72-51.

 

After a scoreless first minute-and-a-half, Boston College hit back-to-back threes from each corner to take an early 6-0 lead.  Antonio Rizzuto responded on the ensuing possession with a three-pointer of his own to cut the Eagles’ lead in half.  Ahmad Clark further cut the BC lead to one with a driving layup following an empty Eagles’ possession.

 

With 16:01 remaining in the first, Brent Hank hit a layup to tie the game at seven.  Following the first media timeout, Cameron Healy drew a foul and hit both free throws to give UAlbany a two-point lead, capping off a 9-1 run.

 

With 10:56 remaining, Healy hit a three-pointer to put the Danes up 20-16, extending his made threes streak to 43 games. 

 

UAlbany led by as many as six in the first half before BC started inching closer as halftime loomed, slowly cutting into UAlbany’s lead.  The Eagles forced the Great Danes into committing eight turnovers in the first 20 minutes, off of which BC outscored UAlbany 10-2.

 

UAlbany and BC combined to close the half shooting 2-16, and neither team scored a point for the final 1:39 of the first half.  The shooting woes extended to behind the arc, with the teams combining to shoot 2-21 to close the first.

 

Healy led all scorers with 11 points in the first half.  Boston College outrebounded UAlbany 23-18, and outscored the Danes 9-2 in second chance points.

 

Boston College quickly retook the lead in the second half, going up 33-31 with 19:24 remaining.  It was the Eagles’ first lead since 13:00 left in the first.

 

The Eagles used a 6-0 run early in the second to go up seven points, prompting a UAlbany timeout with 16:24 to go.  BC extended its run to 11-0 in the second half, and 17-3 overall to take a 46-34 lead before UAlbany scored again.

 

Healy finally broke BC’s streak with a driving layup with 14:19 remaining to cut the lead to 10.

 

With just under five minutes remaining, BC built its lead to 20 points, 66-46.  UAlbany ended the game shooting 1-15 from three, and scored just five points in the final 6:42.

 

The Eagles outscored UAlbany 42-20 in the second half, after the Great Danes had led by as many as six in the first.  Healy finished with a team-high 13 points, while the Eagles forced UAlbany to commit 20 turnovers for the second-straight game, while committing just six of their own, including just two in the second half.  BC outscored UAlbany 30-6 off turnovers and 17-5 in second chance points.

 

Next: The Great Danes return to SEFCU Arena Saturday night to take on Niagara in the final home game of 2019.

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