TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The University at Albany men’s basketball team collected its biggest win of the season Wednesday night with a 76-59 victory over Long Island University (LIU). The Great Danes rode a second have scoring wave to the win, shooting 61.5% from the field in the second half and outscoring LIU 44-28. Four Great Danes recorded double-digit scoring totals in Jonathan Beagle (17), Aaron Reddish (15), Gerald Drumgoole Jr. (13), and Malik Edmead (12).

Head Coach Dwayne Killings: “I thought it was a good win for us, I thought in the second half we did some really good things… I thought our bench gave us really good minutes, Jonathan [Beagle] was terrific. Aaron [Reddish] gave us solid minutes, and Gerald [Drumgoole Jr.]. Now the question is if we can get it consistently… We have a great chance to carry this over when we go to Illinois and play two really good programs.”
 
Key Stat Lines

  • Jonathan Beagle led all UAlbany scorers with 17 points. He led the team in field goals (6), assists (5), and steals (3).
  • Gerald Drumgoole Jr. led the Great Danes in time on the court with 34 minutes. He finished with 13 points, going 6-7 from the free throw line.
  • Aaron Reddish finished with 15 points, going a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe. He collected six rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal.
  • Malik Edmead had his best day as a Great Danes to date, scoring 12 points off the bench. He played 26 minutes and dished out four assists.
  • UAlbany finished shooting 47.3% (26-55) from the field and 23.5% (4-17) from three. LIU finished shooting 37.1% (23-62) from the field and 27.3% (3-11) from three.
  • UAlbany won the rebounding war, 43-33. Six Great Danes finished with 5+ rebounds.
  • The Great Danes finished with 17 assists, the Sharks dished out 12.
  • UAlbany had 19 turnovers compared to LIU’s 18.

How it Happened:

  • Marcus Jackson returned for the Great Danes after not playing since UAlbany’s matchup with Florida Atlantic, where he suffered a collarbone injury.
  • The Great Danes rocketed out to a 6-0 lead, forcing LIU to call timeout within the first three minutes. UAlbany kept a 6-2 lead into the first media TO, with Gerald Drumgoole Jr.Aaron Reddish, and Sarju Patel.
  • LIU took a 13-10 advantage heading into the U12 media TO thanks to an 8-0 scoring run. After starting out hot, UAlbany went on a 1-9 stretch from the field.  
  • UAlbany grabbed a 23-20 advantage by the 7:49 mark, where Aaron Reddish was called for a technical foul after scoring a layup. At that point, he led all scorers with nine points.
  • Following a slam from Jonathan Beagle, UAlbany took a 32-31 advantage into the locker room. The Great Danes shot 34.5% (10-29) from the field and 20% (2-10) from beyond the arc in the first half. LIU shot 43.3% (13-30) from the field and 50% (2-4) from three.
  • The Great Danes still held a one-point advantage by the first media TO, 38-37. Beagle had four points to start the second frame and dished a layup to Patel for the final two points before the stoppage in play.
  • The scoreboard read 45-43 in favor of UAlbany at the 12 minute mark. UAlbany outscored LIU 13-12 in the second half behind 55.6% shooting from the field to start, compared to LIU’s 33.3%.
  •  An 11-0 scoring run gave the Great Danes their largest lead of the night midway through the second half, 13 points with the scoreboard reading 56-43.
  • Four Great Danes had already reached double-figures by the U8 media TO – Gerald Drumgoole Jr. (13), Aaron Reddish (15), Jonathan Beagle (12), and Malik Edmead (10).
  • By the final media TO of the second half UAlbany had built a 22-point lead, 73-51, with 2:21 remaining.
  • UAlbany shot 61.5% (16-26) from the field and 28.6% (2-7) from three in the second half. LIU shot 31.3% (10-32) from the field and went just 1-7 from three.

Next: The Great Danes hit the road for a two game road series in Chicago, taking on Loyola Chicago on Sunday afternoon before playing Northern Illinois on Tuesday. Stay up to date with UAlbany men’s basketball by following the team on Twitter (@UAlbanyMBB) and Instagram (@ualbany_mbb) for all of the latest news and highlights throughout the season.