By: Akin Taylor | November 15, 2021
The UAlbany Great Danes men's basketball team traveled down to Philadelphia in search of their first win of the season but couldn't overcome a double digit halftime deficit as they lost to the La Salle Explorers 67-64.
The Great Danes struggled to finish possessions, as they allowed nine offensive rebounds and lost the total rebounding battle 30-25. They committed nine fouls as La Salle got themselves a 12-point lead early, with La Salle forward Clinton Moore leading the way with nine points on 100% from the field and the line in the first half.
At the half, La Salle had generated 21 points off turnovers compared to UAlbany's six. The Explorers also took advantage of scoring from the paint, out-doing the Great Danes 20 points to just 10.
After the break the Great Danes came out firing. Guard James Horton led the charge scoring 12 of his 13 points in the second half. UAlbany connected on 53.8% of its shots from the field and went 5-7 from three. The Great Danes notched 12 points off turnovers La Salle had only two and scored 16 in the paint. La Salle was limited to just 10.
Head Coach Dwyane Killings was disappointed with the loss. "Today was a tough loss, I thought we were right there," said Killings. "I think our kids grew a lot since the first game of the season. I think we did some good things during the course of the game, but then we had some costly mistakes. It's a tough loss, but a good learning opportunity."
Next up for The Great Danes, they return home this Wednesday when they host Harvard at SEFCU Arena.