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  1. I see Beagle going to the Patriot Conference, like Colgate or the MAC, like Eastern Michigan or the A10, Dayton. He has an opportunity to be part of a team with a proven coach and a more stable environment,
  2. A game of two halves with a particular good 4th quarter .... avoided the foul bug ... this team has shown no quit in conference play
  3. I do not think that I cannot stomach the next game against Maine at home. There is the Capital Cup between Rensselaer and Union, Ice Hockey on Saturday Well, the focus thing fizzled out after one game or more like one half.
  4. From the NWS for today: Today Snow, mainly after 1pm. High near 34. Light east wind becoming southeast 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Tonight Rain and snow before midnight, then a chance of rain between midnight and 1am, then a slight chance of rain showers after 1am. Low around 30. Southeast wind 9 to 14 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
  5. UALBANY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Rested and recharged after break By Abigail Rubel University at Albany women’s junior guard Morgan Haney said the weekend off was well-timed to give the Great Danes an opportunity to recover both physically and mentally. Haney averages 8.9 points per game. Jim Franco / Times Union ALBANY — The University at Albany women’s basketball team put its weekend off to good use. “We definitely needed this time to work on ourselves and recharge,” junior guard Kayla Cooper said. “I think it was great timing, especially with classes starting again,” redshirt junior guard Morgan Haney said. “Having that mental health break, kind of, and then just good for our bodies too.” The Great Danes (13-8, 7-0 America East) have stayed largely healthy in conference play after starting the season missing four of their top five scorers from last season. That hasn’t been the case for their next opponent, the University of New Hampshire, which visits UAlbany at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hudson Valley Community College. The Wildcats (5-13, 0-6) have been short-handed for much of the season and had to postpone two games due to COVID-19 protocols within the program. UNH coach Kelsey Hogan said she expects to have eight players available for Wednesday’s game. The Wildcats played with seven the last time the two teams met, a dominant 71-46 win for the Great Danes. “We’re a lot different team now than we were then, we’ve improved, and I can certainly say that about New Hampshire. They’re not the team that we played on January 1st. They’ve gotten better,” UAlbany coach Colleen Mullen said. Though they’re still searching for their first conference win, the Wildcats took UMBC to overtime in their last game, scoring 24 points in the fourth quarter. Guard Avery O’Connor, one of six freshmen, leads the team with 13 points per game, followed by senior guard Brooke Kane with 11.8. O’Connor and Kane both average 5.9 rebounds per game. UNH also has two new faces in freshmen Aina Roque Sucarrats and Lucia Melero Sabat, who joined the team in January. “We’re still trying to prove something in the conference, so for us it’s going into every game trying to compete our best and give our best foot forward,” Hogan said. The Great Danes are more confident now then they were last time they saw the Wildcats in the second game of the conference schedule, according to Haney. It was also their second game in which the core of Haney (8.9 points per game), Cooper (13 ppg), senior forward Helene Haegerstrand (14.9 ppg) and Ellen Hahne (13.1 ppg) were all available. “We’ve had more time to build chemistry, just having some players kind of return back, we were still just trying to figure it out,” Haney said. The Great Danes have said throughout the season that they need to look at every game as if it’s the championship, and it’s no different now that they’re starting to see teams a second time. “We want to have the same intensity every time, and we’re starting to play these teams the second time and they’re definitely going to have a different game plan, so we just have to keep playing hard,” Cooper said. NOTE: Cooper earned her first Player of the Week honor of the season Monday after recording a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Binghamton. UAlbany vs. UNH ■› When: 7 p.m. Wednesday ■› Where: McDonough Sports Complex, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy ■› Stream: ESPN+ ▶› Abigail.Rubel@timesunion.com @abigail_rubel
  6. From today's Times-Union, let us see how long the team remains focus. UALBANY MEN’S BASKETBALL Danes maintain focus By Abigail Rubel Hans Pennink / Times Union archive UAlbany’s Jonathan Beagle on Monday earned his sixth America East Rookie of the Week honor. ALBANY — A day after University at Albany men’s basketball coach Dwayne Killings pleaded not guilty to an assault charge in Kentucky court via video conference, it was business as usual for the Great Danes. UAlbany (6-15, 1-5 America East) was preparing to travel to the University of New Hampshire (8-10, 3-3) for a game at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lundholm Gymnasium. Killings, speaking after the team’s practice, declined to comment on the ongoing legal situation. “My only focus for these guys is giving them everything that I have to make them better players, better students and better men. That’s it. My only focus is our program,” he said. Killings is accused of pushing a player, Luke Fizulich, against a locker and slapping him with an open hand before a November 2021 game in Kentucky. The incident has already resulted in a school investigation last spring and a civil case brought by Fizulich against Killings, athletic director Mark Benson and UAlbany. “I really feel like the team is focused. We’ve been doing a good job of leaving outside things outside, and pretty much focusing on the team, because this is what’s important right now,” fifth-year guard Da’Kquan Davis said. “We’re just trying to stay together as a team, trying find a way to get one win, two wins and string along wins from there.” The Great Danes have yet to put together a winning streak this season and are tied with Maine for last place in the America East. Last time the Great Danes played the Wildcats, Killings apologized to fans after the game, a 67-51 loss in which UAlbany trailed 41-18 at halftime. “As well as we played in that game, now you’re into the middle of conference play. Every game is a grind. Every game is crucial, and there’s no question that they’re going to come up here tomorrow night, I think, with that last game we played them in mind,” UNH coach Bill Herrion said. Herrion got that right. “Last time at home they embarrassed us a little bit, so we’re not trying to get back at them, but we just want to go in there and make a statement,” freshman forward Jonathan Beagle said. Beagle earned his sixth Rookie of the Week honor Monday after scoring a team-high 17 points in UAlbany’s lone game last week, a loss to Binghamton. That puts him in second place in the UAlbany record books, tied with sophomore forward Justin Neely. Jon Iati set the record with seven awards in 2003-04. “I’m just playing basketball. Just trying to be the best player I can be. Obviously we’re not winning as much as I want to, so just getting the wins and that’s all I’m worried about,” Beagle said. Beagle averages 12 points per game, second on the Great Danes, and leads the team with 6.8 rebounds per game. He’s second in assists (39) and tied for third in steals (15). UAlbany at UNH ■› When: 7 p.m. Wednesday (on Tuesday, New Hampshire moved up the game time to 5 P.M. due to predicted weather) ■› Where: Lundholm Gymnasium, Durham, N.H. ■› Stream/Radio: ESPN+/ 104.5 ▶› Abigail.Rubel@timesunion.com @abigail_rubel
  7. Men's Basketball Game Time Moved to 5:00 p.m. Due to Impending Weather
  8. https://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/ualbany-women-s-basketball-returns-action-new-17739553.php?IPID=Times-Union-HP-latest-news
  9. The Wildcats last game Saturday, January 21, 2023 Men's Basketball Away Home Result Location Links New Hampshire69 UMBC80 Final Baltimore, MD (Conf.) Box Score Full Game Archive
  10. Players .... what about the four assistant coaches who could not get of town fast enough .... in Florida and Indiana ...
  11. My understanding from previous postings, the open hand slap across broke stitches inside Luke's mouth, perhaps the blood was not visible.
  12. I thought the same thing, however; in this day of age not as uncommon and what is year considering Killings had no intention of reporting the incident to the University. I am of the opinion, part of his legal team strategy to force Coach Killings to fight this battle on two fronts and to avoid having to answer the question why Luke never filed criminal charges. I am certain Luke Fizulich's legal team will be sharing any beneficial information from the depositions to the prosecutors.
  13. Times Union has reported that Dwyane Killings enter a not guility plea: UAlbany basketball coach Dwayne Killings pleads not guilty to assault charge (timesunion.com)
  14. You are likely right; however, from my standpoint, what I stated seemed like the right thing to state. No regrets, thanks for your thoughts.
  15. UAlbany (13-8, 7-0) Jan 25 (Wed) 7:00 PM AE vs New Hampshire(5-13, 0-6) Spread Respect Game/Mental Health Awareness Troy, N.Y. McDonough Sports Complex - HVCC Live Stats Tickets History
  16. Timing is everything. The end of last week, we learned that Coach Dwayne Killings will face criminal charges and we learned the fate of Siena's WBB Coach Jim Jabir. Why do I bring up the comparison because there are differences, physical contact vs. verbal language incident. Other then the letter of apology from Coach Killings, he has always deferred any comment by referencing his original letter where he offered his apology to the student athlete and others. After that, I have no recollection of Coach Killing expressing any remorse and/or repent for what he has done outside referencing his original letter. Coach Jabir has expressed remorse in a very personal manner, his apology and the need to be a better person. He did this in the front of the local media. He truly seems to be a man changed by his experience and ready to make the changes needed to move on. Coach Killing and the UAlbany Athletic Department seems more concern about themselves then others, they have charge over.
  17. This is all you need to know, I suspect the University knew of the pending charges in order to have such a well crafted statement, see below, prepared when the news media were alerted of the criminal charges “The University’s understanding is that the underlying allegation is substantively the same information reported to the University in February 2022, which triggered UAlbany’s personnel investigation and resulting in Coach Killings serving a five-game suspension and paying a $25,000 fine last year. At this time, the University is not aware of any additional information that would result in a change in Coach Killings’ status. Should additional information become available, the University will respond appropriately,” the statement continued. Sadly, no one is losing their jobs over the outcome of the criminal charges. I am of the opinion the civil lawsuit could have a different outcome. For the time being the University is on the defense, doing what it can to dodge the bullets and keeping anyone within the University associated with this incident from saying anything to the public and media.
  18. The Times Union article in today's edition: UALBANY MEN’S BASKETBALL Coach to face assault charge Killings charged with fourth-degree violation, to be arraigned Monday By Abigail Rubel KILLINGS University at Albany men’s basketball coach Dwayne Killings is set to be arraigned Monday in a Kentucky court on an assault charge related to the November 2021 locker room incident that led to a university investigation last spring and a lawsuit from the player involved. The arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday at Madison County (Ky.) court. The charge is fourth-degree assault with no visible injury, according to court records. The news was first reported by the Daily Gazette. A person is guilty of assault in the fourth degree when they “intentionally or wantonly” cause “physical injury to another person” or “with recklessness” cause “physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument,” according to Kentucky law. The maximum punishment for the charge is a $500 fine and a 12-month prison sentence. The incident took place in the locker room of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., where UAlbany was playing in a tournament. UAlbany is aware of the complaint, according to a statement from a school spokesman. It is unclear when UAlbany was made aware of the charge. A spokesman said he did not have information on that and "would have to check." “The University’s understanding is that the underlying allegation is substantively the same information reported to the University in February 2022, which triggered UAlbany’s personnel investigation and resulting in Coach Killings serving a five-game suspension and paying a $25,000 fine last year. At this time, the University is not aware of any additional information that would result in a change in Coach Killings’ status. Should additional information become available, the University will respond appropriately,” the statement continued. The arraignment is the second legal action relating to the November 2021 incident. Luke Fizulich, the player involved, filed a lawsuit against Killings, athletic director Mark Benson and the school in November alleging that Killings “violently and viciously grabbed (Fizulich), threw him up against a locker and struck him in the face, drawing blood” as the team was getting ready to play Eastern Illinois University on Nov. 24, 2021. The suit also alleges that Benson and UAlbany “instead of protecting Fuzulich as a victim of the assault, showed preference to the assaulter because of his race,” violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. “We are pleased that the State of Kentucky is taking action to hold Coach Killings criminally accountable for viciously and publicly assaulting a student athlete in their state,” Fizulich’s lawyer, Stuart Bernstein of Nesenoff and Miltenberg, LLP, said in a statement. “The assault itself is not in question, as Coach Killings has admitted it. This is inexcusable conduct for a Division I college coach and SUNY Albany, to our knowledge, was correctly intending to terminate Coach Killings for the physical assault of a student athlete — until it appears community pressure made them reverse their initial decision. All parties need to be held responsible for the harm they have inflicted on Mr. Fizulich.” UAlbany’s investigation into the incident last spring determined that Killings made “inappropriate physical contact” with a then-unnamed player in a pre-game “hype circle.” He was assessed a $25,000 fine and served a five-game suspension at the start of the 2022-23 season. In their second season under Killings, the Great Danes are 6-15 overall and 1-5 in the America East. They lost their third straight on Thursday night. ▶› Abigail.Rubel@- timesunion.com A @abigail_rubel
  19. Now, we know why Killings looked drained. Now the question can Coach Killings coach effectively while defending himself? While the University stated they have dealt with the situation, I believe that Mark Benson and Vic Cegles will put distance between themselves and their coach and certainly avoid commenting on this situation and the civil lawsuit.
  20. What is going on with Patel, as a graduate transfer, he showed promise and had a big night againt UMass-Lowell and now has disappeared. Really needed his maturity to help show the way.
  21. The location of the match is Afirms Sports Complex. Warmups are scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM and the match is to begin at 8:30 PM. That being said, Scott Marr asked me where on Instagram I saw the announcement. He seemed shocked that anyone knew about the match and/or any publicity about the match. Was this game to be played under the radar?
  22. I saw a clip of the post game news conference of Coach Killings ... my feeling that the season, the team and other issues have drained him ... emotionally and physically .... I cannot imagine he is getting much support from Mark Benson and Vic Ceglas
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