Tuesday, February 10, 2015

University of Albany's Ennema and Sam Rowley Fuel Record-Tying 12th Consecutive America East Win at Binghamton - UAlbany Sports 2015

VESTAL, N.Y. – Dallas Ennema and Sam Rowley combined for 38 of University at Albany’s (17-7, 12-0 AE) 62 points to lead the Danes to a 62-46 victory at Binghamton (4-23, 3-9 AE) on Tuesday night. Ennema tallied a new career high with 18 points, while Rowley matched a career-best in rebounds with 15. “It was a good win for us on the road,” said head coach Will Brown. “Binghamton is a team that presents some challenges for us because they play on the small side. We’re more of a traditional team that plays a forward and a center. I thought our guys did a great job defending the dribble. It’s nice to get a road win, now we just have to move forward and continue trying to get better.” Both teams started slow from the field, as it took 10 minutes for either squad to reach double digits. The Danes went scoreless for a five-minute period early on, but stayed in the game thanks to four points from Sam Rowley and a traditional three-point play by Ray Sanders. Binghamton showed zone early on, but Dallas Ennema stepped up to make two three-pointers against it. He gave UAlbany the lead back after the score had been deadlocked at 10-10. Eight-straight points from Sam Rowley helped fuel a 16-0 run for the Purple & Gold. By the four-minute mark in the first half, Ennema had already marked a new career high with 13 points. He went to the line after being fouled on a three to make all three free throws, good for 16 first-half points and a 31-13 lead. The Danes did not score for the remainder of the half, but retained a 31-17 advantage at the break. Ennema made all of UAlbany’s three treys in the opening stanza. After taking the lead back at the 8:25 mark, the Great Danes went 7-for-9 from the field over the next five minutes. Ennema (16), Rowley (14) and Sanders (3) were the only three scorers for the Purple & Gold in the first stanza. Mike Rowley and Evan Singletary both had two early fouls. After lengthening the lead to 19 points to kick off the second half, Binghamton came back within 13, 40-27 at the 12:30 mark. Ennema bailed out the Danes with a jumper after a turnover on the previous possession. But two more turnovers from the Purple & Gold and a 9-2 run by the Bearcats put the lead at just seven. UAlbany responded with an 11-2 spurt of its own, fueled by four points from Sam Rowley and six from Ray Sanders. Rowley put the game out of reach with two minutes to go, finishing with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Ennema notched a career-high 18 points with six rebounds. The sophomore also recorded a goose egg in the turnover column. Rowley and Singletary finished with a game-high four assists apiece. The Danes also shot 13-for-24 (.542) from the field in the second half. UAlbany has now won 12 consecutive games, matching the all-time longest America East regular season winning streak. The record of 12 games was first set by Vermont in 2004-05, when the Catamounts went 15-1. The Purple & Gold has recorded its second-highest number of league wins, having won 13 in 2005-06 and 2006-07. The Danes have won seven straight games on the road, and clinched a home quarterfinal game in the 2015 America East Playoffs with the victory in Vestal. UAlbany men’s basketball takes a break from conference play against NJIT (15-10) on Friday at 7:00 p.m. The Purple & Gold will welcome back junior guard Peter Hooley for the nonconference match-up.

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