Great Danes shoot down Retrievers
Albany — Redshirt freshman guard Cameron Healy nailed five 3-pointers and finished with 21 points to help UAlbany roll past UMBC, 84-75, Saturday evening at the SEFCU Arena.
The Great Danes hit a total of 13 shots from from beyond the arc and shot over 56% from the field for the game.
Freshman forward Malachi De Sousa added balance on the interior for UAlbany (11-17, 6-7) by shooting 7-11 from the field and finishing with 15 points.
Not to be outdone by his fellow freshman teammates, guard Antonio Rizzuto poured in 13 points, including four from long range.
The Great Danes wasted no time, hitting their first three shots from 3-point range and taking an early seven-point lead. The Retrievers cut the lead to three at the 15:44 mark of the first half, but then UAlbany went on a 12-0 run over the next 2:20.
UMBC (18-11, 10-4) tried to battle their way back in it and cut the lead to seven with 8:30 on the clock, but an 8-0 run by the Great Danes killed any momentum the Retrievers had built.
A microcosm of the evening came at the end of the half when a missed free-throw by UMBC junior guard K.J. Jackson led to a break out and long 3-point shot by Healy that found the bottom of the net and sent the Great Danes into the locker room with an 18-point lead, their largest of the game.
UMBC could never wrestle the game back in their favor, trailing by as much as 21 in the second half. A late surge by the Retrievers made the score more respectable.
Jackson led the Retrievers with 16 points while freshman teammate guard Jose Placer tallied 14 points on 6-7 from the field.
The Retrievers continue to struggle at Albany. They have now lost 11 consecutive games on the road to the Great Danes.
UMBC will hit the road again in New York when they visit the Stony Brook Seawolves on Wednesday evening.