Sunday, January 11, 2009

Around the League: 1.11.09

Sunday's games:

Albany 82, Vermont 77
The normally poor-shooting Great Danes found their stroke in Burlington this afternoon, tickling the twine on 48 percent of their attempts in a closely contested game at Patrick Gym. Despite success outside the conference, Vermont (9-6, 0-2 America East) suddenly finds itself at the bottom of the standings. In his postgame press conference, Mike Lonergan was unhappy with his team's performance on the defensive end, not a surprising reaction considering the Danes' season-high scoring total. Albany (10-6, 2-1 AE) held Marqus Blakely to just 11 points and five rebounds; the Catamount star played 31 minutes but was hampered by foul trouble. Colin McIntosh picked up the slack, accumulating 25 points and 4 blocks, but without the usual Blakely contribution Vermont appeared surprisingly feeble on the boards. Albany enjoyed a 13-rebound advantage, enough to win despite turning the ball over 21 times. The Catamounts led at halftime before Albany took control in the second half, building an 11-point gap with 3:10 to play and holding on until the final whistle. Vermont travels to Boston for a Wednesday night showdown at the Greek, while Albany returns to SEFCU Arena to host conference-leading Binghamton that same night.

Monday's games:
No games scheduled. Around the League will return on Tuesday.

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