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Passionate Crowd at Broadview Center Debut Propels Men’s Basketball

By Vince Gasparini | December 1, 2023

The newly renovated Broadview Center was loud on Wednesday (11/29) night as the University at Albany Men’s basketball team defeated Boston University 86-72. This marked the first game for the Great Danes on campus since March 2022, with a student section of 3,103 showing out in the upgraded stadium.

Jonathan Beagle going for a layup on Wednesday night.

Photo Credit: Savanna Stoddart / The ASP

The Terriers battled back from a halftime deficit of 37-28 to go up 49-48 with 12 minutes left, but UAlbany held momentum the rest of the night. Clutch 3-point shooting from Tyler Bertram and a fast-break dunk by Amar’e Marshall with 5:48 remaining in the game put the Great Danes up 66-55 practically sealed the deal.

Bertram, a graduate student who spent 2021-22 with Binghamton before transferring to University of Alabama at Birmingham last year, reveled in the Broadview atmosphere, saying, “I love it. When I can hear the crowd get going and I can do stuff to get them all hyped up, it just gets me going.”

After shooting 23.3% from beyond the arc in the team’s first six games, he went 6-10 from beyond the arc Wednesday, tallying a team-leading 20 points. “I was really happy for him because he’s been putting in the time,” head coach Dwayne Killings said. “He got a little frustrated, but you know the highs and lows of college basketball. He was right on spot, right on time today.”

Marshall finished with 14 points and a team-leading four steals. Jonathan Beagle also dropped 14, while leading in rebounds with eight. Sebastian Thomas tacked on 16 points, and dished out 10 assists in the effort. As a team, the Great Danes shot 45.5% to BU’s 38.5%.

“Sebastian is really good in ball screens, really good in transition,” Killings said. “Whether it’s Amar’e, Tyler, Jonathan; he finds guys in the right spot.”

The Great Danes have won three straight, and at 4-3 have a winning record for the first time since November 2019. They next play Dartmouth at home on Saturday.

“Going into Dartmouth, I think that we have a lot of confidence,” Beagle said. “We know that they’re a good team, but we all believe in each other and we’re all really excited.”


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