By Akin Taylor | November 22, 2021
The UAlbany Great Danes basketball team suffered its third straight loss to open the season against Havard 60-53. A slow start put the team behind early, and, though the game came down to the wire, the Great Danes could not pull out a win in front of the home crowd.
UAlbany struggled offensively throughout the night. The Great Danes shot 36.4% from the floor, 20% from three-point range, and 62.5% from the free throw line. Despite this, UAlbany worked their way back from a double-digit deficit but couldn’t get over the hump for the win.
Matt Cerruti, who had 12 points, three rebounds, and three assists, talked about the frustration of losing back-to-back close games. “There is definitely a lot of frustration. I don't think anybody wants to lose,” said Cerruti. “There are some good things that we can take from this, but ultimately it is very frustrating to lose.”
Graduate transfer De'vondre Perry finished the game with 14 points and 11 rebounds and led his team in scoring, but he was inefficient from the floor as he went 6-15 from the field. He spoke on the team’s struggles after the game. “The details, the small things stay locked in,” said Perry. “I feel like we have to put the whole game together. The same thing happened in the La Salle game. We put ourselves in a hole in the first half and had to fight back.”
Head Coach Dwayne Killings spoke on his team’s performance, saying, “at the end of the day, you have to find a way to win the game.” He cited officiating as a factor that impacted his team but said that wasn’t the reason they lost the game
UAlbany looks to get their first win of the season as they start their three-game road trip versus Eastern Kentucky.