By Akin Taylor । November 17, 2022
Photo credit: Ben Warzocha (UAlbany Athletics)
A 74-47 road win over Immaculata on Tuesday night gave the University at Albany men's basketball team its first win of the 2022-23 campaign.
A 63% field goal percentage from the Great Danes in the second half, coupled with a low amount of shots from the Mighty Macs, helped expand the Great Danes' lead to as much as 30 points. Justin Neely's 16 points led the team in 21 minutes of action during his first game of the season.
In the first half, Immaculata took a 7-3 lead as UAlbany started just 1-6 from the field. UAlbany Aaron Reddish's three-pointer before the first timeout cut the Great Danes' deficit to 7-6. With six points in the first 12 minutes, Neely made his presence known after missing the season opener and both preseason games.
With eight points at halftime, Neely led all scorers, followed by Sarju Patel with six. During the first half, UAlbany recorded a 40.7% field goal percentage and 30.8% from long range. As a team, Immaculata shot 33.3% from the field, including 0-7 from beyond the arc.
When 43 seconds remained, the Great Danes held a 30-point lead, 74-44. Immaculata would hit one more three to make the final score 74-47. As a team, the Great Danes were efficient. UAlbany shot 63% from the field and 50% from three-point range in the second half.
“An unbelievable win from our guys in the second half. I think we kind of slept-walked a bit in the first half. Coming off a back-to-back, playing twice in less than 20 hours,” UAlbany head coach Bobby Jordan said. These guys really responded in the second half. I think our guys did a good job of that at halftime today."