It only took Albany seven minutes to jump out to a ten point lead over the UMBC men’s basketball team, and from there on it was not even close and led by as many as 18 in the first half. UMBC was able to pull within just six points in the second half but could not match the offensive explosion from the Great Danes.
Albany shot an astounding 52.9% from the floor and made six three-pointers in the game while UMBC shot just 35.7% from the floor and just 15.0% from three-point range.
Albany senior forward Scotty McRae scored a career high 21 points while coming off the bench while fellow reserve Tim Ambrose came just four assists away from a triple double as she scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds. Freshman point-guard Mike Black added 15 points and four assists.
UMBC guard Chauncey Gilliam scored in double-digits in his 10th straight game with a 15 points performance, all of which came in the second half, while fellow sophomore Chris De La Rosa led UMBC with 19 points and three assists. Forwards Robbie Jackson (nine points, six rebounds) and Adrian Satchell (eight points, eight rebounds) also contributed solid offensive efforts. But UMBC just three other players score in the game, combining for 11 points.
UMBC just could not stop the Albany offense and were beat back on defense all night. They were out-rebounded 44-32 and gave up 15 fast break points, four of which were from two crowd silencing dunks from Ambrose with 6:10 and 2:45 left in the game.