Albany (22-10) vs. Stony Brook (24-6)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, March 10, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: SEFCU Arena (4,538) -- Albany, New York.
Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Albany 11-4, Stony Brook 11-1. Away
Record: Albany 10-5, Stony Brook 12-5. Neutral Record: Albany 1-1,
Stony Brook 1-0. Conference Record: Albany 9-7, Stony Brook 14-2.
Series Record: Albany, 36-24.
GAMES NOTES: The top-seed Stony Brook Seawolves continue their run towards a
America East Conference Tournament title when they battle the fourth-seeded
Albany Great Danes in the semifinals at SEFCU Arena.
Sam Rowley hit a crucial jumper in the final 20 seconds to lift Albany to a
thrilling 50-49 victory over fifth-seeded Maine in Saturday's quarterfinals.
The Great Danes are an impressive 22-10 this season with wins in three of
their last four games. Albany is looking for a return to the conference title
game since winning back-to-back league titles in 2006 and 2007.
Stony Brook was the top team in the league this season and looked the part in
its quarterfinal matchup with eighth-seeded Binghamton. The Seawolves rolled
to a 72-49 victory in the contest to improve to 24-6 on the campaign. Stony
Brook is one of four teams in the league that has never won the conference
tournament, although the Seawolves have come close with losses in the title
game each of the last two seasons.
In the regular season Stony Brook won both matchups with Albany, including a
65-49 win in the same building the teams will meet up at on Sunday. Albany
still leads the all-time series, 36-24.
Rowley finished with a game-high 19 points, eight of which came in the last
two and a half minutes for Albany on Saturday. The Great Danes shot at just a
34 percent clip in the contest but outscored the Black Bears 13-4 from the
free-throw line and 8-3 on second chance points while forcing 17 turnovers.
Normally it is Mike Black (14.9 ppg) and Jacob Iati (12.2 ppg) leading the way
for the Great Danes and not Rowley (9.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg) who has been more of a
complementary scorer out of the frontcourt. Black was an All-America East
First-Team selection but had just nine points on 2-of-10 shooting against
Maine, while Iati finished with 11 points. Black has had some issues with
shooting consistency on the campaign as he nets less than 40 percent from the
field while shooting at a 36.1 percent clip from beyond the arc. As a team the
Great Danes are posting just 64.9 points per game while shooting 43.7 percent
from the field.
Anthony Jackson led four players in double figures to lead Stony Brook to its
rout of Binghamton. The Seawolves shot 52.9 percent from the field and nailed
eight shots from long range in securing the win. They also had a 15-0 edge in
points off turnovers and a 14-0 advantage in second chance points.
The AEC leader in field-goal percentage, Jameel Warney (12.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg,
.629 FG percentage) had 12 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double
against Binghamton. Jackson's (11.1 ppg) efforts against Binghamton were the
most points he has had against a league opponent this season and the second
most overall. Dave Coley (10.6 ppg) is the third member of the team scoring in
double figures while Tommy Brenton (8.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.9 apg) is a jack of
all trades. Stony Brook owns a sizable +11.6 scoring margin this season
primarily due its defensive ability as the Seawolves hold teams to 56.8 points
per game on 37.4 percent shooting.
Although Albany is actually playing on its home floor in this contest it
didn't really matter last time these teams met. Expect the Seawolves to get
the best of the Great Danes and use another strong defensive performance to
punch a ticket to the final.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Stony Brook 68, Albany 59
03/10 10:32:47 ET