Great Danes Head For Winter Break… forget they still have to play second half

A little too much of the giving Christmas spirit in the second half

After a sluggish start that let Colgate jump out to an 8-0 lead, UAlbany kicked into gear and took a 32-20 lead at the half…. then mentally checked out. In an ugly, ugly game, the Great Danes barely managed to not lose, 63-61. Luke Devlin hit on back to back 3 point shots with under 8 minutes left to stretch the game to ten and it seemed like the game should’ve been over… but it for the remaining seven minutes left UAlbany did not make a shot from the field. Ouch. John Puk was out there for only 14 minutes (achilles flaring up?) and Logan Aronhalt missed the second half with a back injury, but we were told he was held out for precautionary reasons. Tim Ambrose played well again, 19 points on 7-12 shooting and a few free throws down the end that were just enough. Blake Metcalf stepped up, finally made some free throws that UAlbany could not have won without.

The revelation of the game: Will Brown again dusts off Billy Allen and he plays meaningful, productive minutes. He can hit his free throws, but more than that he moves well without the ball and is a threat to score. Allen provides a spark of the bench and with Iati playing his way out of the rotation, I can only hope that this isn’t a rehashing of the Detroit game: Allen is called to floor out of necessity, plays valiantly, takes seat never to return to court. Logan is been playing an absurd amount of minutes, nineteenth in the country, and the correlation with his decreasing productivity is probably not a coincidence. Let Billy cut into Logan’s minutes and give Logan a chance to jack up those threes with fresh legs. Black/Ambrose/ Allen is much preferably to any combination that includes Watts or Iati.

But hey folk, we’re 7-6, how’s that for a Christmas present!?

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~ by TheMidRangeGame on December 23, 2010.

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