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Game #17: 1/13/24 - 4PM vs Binghamton


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Last Up: W (79-73) @ NJIT
Next Up: vs Binghamton (8-5, face Bryant on 1/11 for their first AE game)
Date: 1/13/24 @ 4PM
TV/Streaming: ESPN+
Local Radio: ESPN Radio 104.5 FM
ESPN Matchup Predictor: 62.6% chance of a UAlbany win

UAlbany Wins																																							
** Albany stats are the left side in each grouping **																																							
Opponent	Type	LOC	ATN	PTS		FGM		FGA		FG%		3PTM		3PTA		3PT%		FTM		FTA		FT%		REB		AST		STL		BLK		TO		FST BRK		PTS IN PNT		FOUL	
Columbia	OOC	Away	761	78	75	27	23	59	57	45.8%	40.4%	6	7	17	22	35.3%	31.8%	18	22	27	24	66.7%	91.7%	40	25	14	11	4	7	3	3	15	10	17	15	40	26	18	19
Army		OOC	Home	2011	62	59	22	22	53	62	41.5%	35.5%	7	4	21	18	33.3%	22.2%	11	11	14	17	78.6%	64.7%	31	31	8	7	5	7	4	3	11	7	6	7	28	34	17	10
Siena		OOC	Away	7605	86	51	36	20	70	61	51.4%	32.8%	6	3	19	14	31.6%	21.4%	8	8	9	13	88.9%	61.5%	45	33	14	9	12	6	1	3	12	18	26	1	60	24	18	9
Boston Univ.	OOC	Home	3103	86	72	25	25	55	65	45.5%	38.5%	14	4	32	14	43.8%	28.6%	22	18	37	26	59.5%	69.2%	36	42	15	9	9	6	4	4	10	13	12	6	20	38	22	25
Dartmouth	OOC	Home	2075	73	68	27	25	63	56	42.9%	44.6%	5	6	20	26	25.0%	23.1%	14	12	24	16	58.3%	75.0%	38	34	14	10	11	5	1	9	14	17	4	9	42	38	20	23
SUNY Potsdam	OOC	Home	1653	98	59	39	22	73	65	53.4%	33.8%	9	4	23	19	39.1%	21.1%	11	11	15	13	73.3%	84.6%	38	32	20	7	17	5	3	5	13	21	24	4	54	24	14	10
Sacred Heart	OOC	Home	1415	93	79	31	34	58	65	53.4%	52.3%	10	5	21	18	47.6%	27.8%	21	6	26	13	80.8%	46.2%	40	22	18	19	7	8	1	3	17	10	17	13	38	54	13	18
Long Island	OOC	Away	1704	86	69	29	25	56	56	51.8%	44.6%	5	3	15	17	33.3%	17.6%	23	16	31	24	74.2%	66.7%	43	25	16	12	16	16	5	3	22	20	26	9	46	32	16	22
NJIT		AE	Away	323	79	73	26	28	63	63	41.3%	44.4%	8	4	24	19	33.3%	21.1%	19	13	25	17	76.0%	76.5%	41	36	13	11	7	9	4	6	15	14	15	8	34	42	15	23
			
Tot. W		OOC		20327	662	532	236	196	487	487	48.5%	40.2%	62	36	168	148	36.9%	24.3%	128	104	183	146	69.9%	71.2%	311	244	119	84	81	60	22	33	114	116	132	64	328	270	138	136
		AE		323	79	73	26	28	63	63	41.3%	44.4%	8	4	24	19	33.3%	21.1%	19	13	25	17	76.0%	76.5%	41	36	13	11	7	9	4	6	15	14	15	8	34	42	15	23
			
Avg. W		OOC		2540.9	82.8	66.5	29.5	24.5	60.9	60.9	48.5%	40.2%	7.8	4.5	21.0	18.5	36.9%	24.3%	16.0	13.0	22.9	18.3	69.9%	71.2%	38.9	30.5	14.9	10.5	10.1	7.5	2.8	4.1	14.3	14.5	16.5	8.0	41.0	33.8	17.3	17.0
		AE		323.0	79.0	73.0	26.0	28.0	63.0	63.0	41.3%	44.4%	8.0	4.0	24.0	19.0	33.3%	21.1%	19.0	13.0	25.0	17.0	76.0%	76.5%	41.0	36.0	13.0	11.0	7.0	9.0	4.0	6.0	15.0	14.0	15.0	8.0	34.0	42.0	15.0	23.0
			
Tot. W				20650	741	605	262	224	550	550	47.6%	40.7%	70	40	192	167	36.5%	24.0%	147	117	208	163	70.7%	71.8%	352	280	132	95	88	69	26	39	129	130	147	72	362	312	153	159
Avg. W				2294.4	82.3	67.2	29.1	24.9	61.1	61.1	47.4%	40.8%	7.8	4.4	21.3	18.6	35.8%	23.8%	16.3	13.0	23.1	18.1	72.9%	70.7%	39.1	31.1	14.7	10.6	9.8	7.7	2.9	4.3	14.3	14.4	16.3	8.0	40.2	34.7	17.0	17.7
																																							
UAlbany Losses																																							
** Albany stats are the left side in each grouping **																																							
Opponent	Type	LOC	ATN	PTS		FGM		FGA		FG%		3PTM		3PTA		3PT%		FTM		FTA		FT%		REB		AST		STL		BLK		TO		FST BRK		PTS IN PNT		FOUL	
UMass		OOC	Away	3015	71	92	20	33	56	76	35.7%	43.4%	9	10	26	22	34.6%	45.5%	22	16	31	26	71.0%	61.5%	40	43	10	20	2	12	5	4	18	5	16	16	22	46	23	21
Seton Hall	OOC	Away	7712	71	96	25	36	61	58	41.0%	62.1%	8	5	28	14	28.6%	35.7%	13	19	19	25	68.4%	76.0%	29	33	12	17	7	11	3	3	13	9	7	15	28	58	20	13
Quinnipiac	OOC	Away	763	82	85	29	30	73	68	39.7%	44.1%	7	1	20	7	35.0%	14.3%	17	24	23	30	73.9%	80.0%	38	39	11	13	7	3	6	7	10	11	8	20	44	50	21	27
Temple		OOC	Neutral	-	73	78	27	26	62	57	43.5%	45.6%	5	4	24	16	20.8%	25.0%	14	22	18	32	77.8%	68.8%	37	37	16	12	8	10	6	3	17	13	11	3	42	36	22	16
Drexel		OOC	Away	991	52	71	21	29	66	67	31.8%	43.3%	4	6	22	17	18.2%	35.3%	6	7	7	11	85.7%	63.6%	26	54	10	12	10	4	2	6	10	18	14	14	30	36	16	11
South Florida	OOC	Away	2759	73	89	28	31	64	65	43.8%	47.7%	7	6	21	23	33.3%	26.1%	10	21	15	30	66.7%	70.0%	37	40	13	16	8	7	2	3	20	11	14	13	42	38	23	13
Harvard		OOC	Away	837	71	76	28	27	58	58	48.3%	46.6%	4	5	21	19	19.0%	26.3%	11	17	17	28	64.7%	60.7%	35	35	8	13	10	12	4	1	17	12	15	15	44	42	22	15
			
Tot. L				16077	493	587	178	212	440	449	40.5%	47.2%	44	37	162	118	27.2%	31.4%	93	126	130	182	71.5%	69.2%	242	281	80	103	52	59	28	27	105	79	85	96	252	306	147	116
Avg. L				2296.7	70.4	83.9	25.4	30.3	62.9	64.1	40.5%	47.5%	6.3	5.3	23.1	16.9	27.1%	29.7%	13.3	18.0	18.6	26.0	72.6%	68.7%	34.6	40.1	11.4	14.7	7.4	8.4	4.0	3.9	15.0	11.3	12.1	13.7	36.0	43.7	21.0	16.6
																																							
Tot. (all)			36727	1234	1192	440	436	990	999	44.4%	43.6%	114	77	354	285	32.2%	27.0%	240	243	338	345	71.0%	70.4%	594	561	212	198	140	128	54	66	234	209	232	168	614	618	300	275
Avg. (all)			2295.4	77.1	74.5	27.5	27.3	61.9	62.4	44.4%	43.7%	7.1	4.8	22.1	17.8	32.0%	26.4%	15.0	15.2	21.1	21.6	72.8%	69.8%	37.1	35.1	13.3	12.4	8.8	8.0	3.4	4.1	14.6	13.1	14.5	10.5	38.4	38.6	18.8	17.2
			LOC	ATN	PTS		FGM		FGA		FG%		3PTM		3PTA		3PT%		FTM		FTA		FT%		REB		AST		STL		BLK		TO		FST BRK		PTS IN PNT		FOUL	

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Every conference game is important, however; losing both games to Binghamton last year, we must get off on the right foot with a win at home on Saturday.  This is a bell weather game for the season and on how much better this team is than last year's team.  Hopefully, Beagle's misstep on the court, late in 2nd half, is nothing and any rehab is minor.

I loved the way the team played in the last 90 seconds. 

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Wow. All the games ended pretty close. When I last checked on the ESPN app it was around halftime of each of the games and both UVM and Bryant were winning blowout style. Looks like we might have some level of parity this season. 

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UALBANY MEN’S BASKETBALL

 

Forward Justin Neely to sit out season after knee injury

 

By Pete Dougherty

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Justin Neely of UAlbany passes the ball against Sacred Heart earlier this season. He tried to come back this season, but will now be redshirted to give his surgically repaired left knee more time to recover. He had played in six games this season.

ALBANY — The comeback of University at Albany basketball player Justin Neely has been put on hold until next season.

UAlbany coach Dwayne Killings announced Thursday that Neely, a 6-foot-6 forward who was 2021-22 America East Rookie of the Year, will be redshirted for the remainder of this season.

 

Neely, who tore the ACL in his left knee early last season, returned Dec. 6 — after nearly 13 months — and played in six games, averaging 6.5 minutes, 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds.

“We were trying to get him back, and I don’t think he feels comfortable,” Killings said. “He needs some more time to recover, so he won’t play this season.”

Neely, a Miami native who did not play Saturday in the Great Danes’ America East opener at New Jersey Institute of Technology, was at practice Thursday but remained on the sidelines.

“You just watch him practice,” Killings said, “the productivity, the movement, he just wasn’t ready to go out there and impact a college basketball game. That’s why his opportunity was so short. You can be as optimistic as you want, but if the body’s not ready for the wear and tear of college basketball, it’s just hard to put him out there.”

In other roster news, former Albany Academy star Marcus Filien, a graduate transfer from Cornell, has been awarded a scholarship.

Filien, who started the first five games this season but has not played since Dec. 22 at South Florida, is averaging 5.0 minutes, 0.2 points and 1.3 rebounds.

“He earned the scholarship because of who is he,” Killings said. “Marcus Fi-lien goes to class, never a problem, comes in and works, battles with Jonathan (Beagle) in the post in practice, doesn’t always get rewarded from it. … He’s going to play meaningful minutes for us. It means too much to play for the program, and he’s going to be rewarded for it.”

UAlbany gained a scholarship when 7-foot freshman Bautista Giralt, who has not played because of a heart abnormality discovered in preseason, returned to his native Argentina.

“He’ll do some things to focus on his health and his heart in February,” Killings said. “He’s got to get through that and re-evaluate where basketball fits into everything.”

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I made only a passing glance at the social media post, did not realize the following was a bigger deal:

Teamwork is tested in kitchen full-court press

UAlbany basketball players bond as chefs for a day

 

By Steve Barnes

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Chef Yono Purnomo, center, demonstrates how to trim pork loins for UAlbany men’s basketball players Jack Margoupis, left, and Zane Adnan. The Great Danes team had a hands-on cooking lesson on Wednesday at the Albany restaurants Yono’s and dp: An American Brasserie, which Purnomo founded.

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1 At right, Sebastian Thomas, a 6-foot-1 guard, slices celery for stir-fried noodles. The team cooked a five-dish lunch under the supervision of restaurant founders Donna and Yono Purnomo.

ALBANY — “I’ve handed out a lot of jerseys in my day,” said the basketball coach, “but never aprons.”

Dwayne Killings, head coach of the University at Albany men’s basketball team, was standing at the bar of dp: An American Brasserie on Wednesday morning as more than 20 Great Danes players and staff approached for an apron to don prior to a cooking class at the restaurant. Under the supervision of Yono and Donna Purnomo, who opened the downtown restaurant and its fine-dining sibling, Yono’s, in 2006, the team would make five dishes, including Yono’s signature bakmi goreng — stir-fried noodles that are a national dish of Yono Purnomo’s native Indonesia. Cooking was followed by settling down around a long table for the lunch they’d made for themselves

 

Killings, who has been the Great Danes head coach since March 2021, said the outing, scheduled for a time the restaurant is otherwise closed, was meant as a bonding exercise that would foster communication among the team.

“It’s loud back there in the kitchen. They’re really talking to each other,” Killings said midway through the 90-minute cooking session. He said, “I think it’s great the way they have to be so present in what they’re doing, put their phones down and really be together in the moment.”

In the organized chaos of the kitchen, packed with about four times as many people as a normal midweek dinner service, teams of roughly six members worked on preparing vegetables (carrots, celery, shallots, peppers, garlic, bok choy, to be variously peeled, chopped, sliced and minced), proteins (shrimp, pork loin and chicken breast, to be cut into bite-sized pieces), noodles, rice and, for dessert, bananas Foster with cake and ice cream.

Walking through the first formal cooking lesson the team has ever participated in with him, Killings looked around and said, “I have a whole new respect for professional kitchens. This is a lot of work.”

Players and staff echoed the sentiment repeatedly.

Marcus Jackson (6-foot-2 guard, sophomore, from Amsterdam), who had been slicing celery for what he said seemed like an eternity, asked Yono Purnomo, “Chef, you said how much more?”

Purnomo replied, “Double.”

“Double?!”

“You have 22 people! Double!”

Ryan Daly (assistant coach, played ball in college but height no longer important) was having even more trouble with a pile of chicken breasts the size of, well, a whole chicken, and a big one at that.

“I didn’t know it would be so tedious,” he said. “I guess it’s another kind of practice — but you don’t have to run sprints if you cut your finger.”

More than 15 minutes later, Purnomo walked by and said, “The chicken’s still not done! Why?”

Killings joked sternly, “Why would you stop before you were done?”

Daly: “Jon (Jonathan Beagle, 6-foot-10 forward, sophomore, from Hudson Falls) asked me a question. I got distracted!”

As the clock wound on, levity grew. A player waiting to cook pork tenderloins said to the kitchen in general, “I’m ready for the meat, brother.”

The double entendre drew laughter and multiple amused comments, including, “Oh, whoa, yo — who was that?!”

Moving smoothly among players well more than a foot taller than she, team manager Mekela Hinds helped out at multiple stations and was the only person besides the Purnomos who cleaned as much as she cooked.

Advising Zane Adnan (6-foot-2 guard, freshman, from Gaithersburg, Md.) as he sauteed pork loin, Hinds said, “That’s how it should look when it starts to really get cooking — you can see you’re building flavor.”

Later, Hinds and Justin Neely (6-foot-6 forward, redshirt sophomore, from Miami) worked on a sauce for the pork in a giant wok over a 110,000-BTU burner. (Most home stoves average 7,000 BTUs per burner.) In went coconut milk, sambal, lemongrass and ginger, then the pork. The finished dish, called babi kecap, is another Yono’s classic and is what Purnomo made during a 1994 appearance on the “Today” show.

By then, only one other player and an assistant coach remained in the kitchen. The rest were hanging out in the dining room, engrossed on their individual phones and awaiting lunch.

Referencing the length of a collegiate basketball game, Dominick Purnomo, who took over the restaurants after his parents semi-retired in summer 2022 and arranged Wednesday’s cooking lesson and lunch at Killings’ request, joked to the coach, “I guess most of them only have 40 minutes in them.”

Said Killings, “A lot of them lasted a lot longer than I expected. I’d call that a win.”

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UALBANY MEN’S BASKETBALL

 

Danes have some familiarity with foe

Two players on the UAlbany roster have connections to some of Bearcats’ players

 

By Pete Dougherty

UALBANY VS. BINGHAMTON

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Broadview Center, Albany

TV/Radio: ESPN+ (streaming), WTMM 104.5 FM

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UAlbany’s Tyler Bertram previously played for Binghamton for two seasons. He scored 21 points vs. the Danes in 2022.

ALBANY — There will be some familiarity Saturday afternoon when the University at Albany and Binghamton University men’s basketball teams take to the Broadview Center floor.

UAlbany graduate transfer Tyler Bertram played two seasons at the Vestal school — he scored 21 points for the Bearcats in a 2022 game against the Great Danes — and was there for the first season of current coach Levell Sanders.

 

“It’s been a couple years,” Bertram said, “but I played with Taveion White and Dan Petcash. It’ll be nice to see a couple familiar faces on the team, get to go and compete against them.”

Danes forward Marcus Jackson, an Amsterdam native, has history with Binghamton’s Symir Torrence, a Syracuse transfer. Jackson’s older brother Andre, a former Connecticut star now with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, played on the AAU Albany City Rocks with Torrence, who is fourth in the country with 7.2 assists per game.

“I’ll treat him like any other talented player,” Marcus Jackson said. “You’ve got to play him straight up, and you got to have the pride to get stops. My team has to help me with that.”

“I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” Bertram said, “and I’m just excited. We had a good relationship. I had a good relationship with the coaches. I’m excited to go and compete against them and get the win, and we’ll show them who’s the best team in the area.”

Binghamton (8-6, 0-1) is coming off a 77-69 loss Thursday night at Bryant. The Bearcats and Danes have two common non-conference opponents. Binghamton lost to Sacred Heart and beat Army. UAlbany defeated both of those teams.

UAlbany (9-7, 1-0) has been idle since last Saturday, getting the first of its two byes. The odd number of America East teams (nine) affords each school two idle dates during the conference season. The Danes also will have a week between games in early February.

“It was good for us to catch our breath a little bit, get some guys off their feet,” UAlbany coach Dwayne Killings said. “We had a chance to do a team-bonding experience. We went down to a restaurant and had a cooking class. All the guys cooked. The guys did a pretty good job. The food tasted pretty good.

“It was fun. It was a life lesson in there. It was great to hear the kids just talk and converse. In college basketball, we’re coming and going a lot. You’re around each other a lot, guys are in the gym, in the training room, in the weight room. You have film (study). Just sitting and being present, talking, is important. We got better, although we didn’t play basketball.”

Other than forward Justin Neely, who plans to take this as a redshirt season, the Danes should be at full strength. Guard Will Amica, who missed Saturday’s victory over NJIT because of a hand injury, is expected to be available off the bench.

UAlbany’s bench players have been outscored 76-14 over the past two games. The starting five and Bertram, a guard whom Killings is touting for the conference’s sixth man of the year, played 81 percent of the minutes Jan. 2 in a loss at Harvard and 94 percent against NJIT.

“We’ve been through this odyssey of trying to find the 4-man (power forward) position to be a starter,” Killings said. “We’ve started Muneer (Newton), Aaron (Reddish) and Ny’Mire (Little), and getting consistency out of that has been the biggest concern.

“Aaron stepped up huge our first league game (against NJIT) — 16 points, nine rebounds. The message to the team before the game is all of our 4-men have started games. Our bench should help us get better.”

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