RANDOM THOUGHTS


3/22/13

I am so proud of this team. We battled Duke and made Duke beat us. We were a bounce or two away from really putting the pressure on them. Duke is an outstanding team and will have a chance to win a National Championship. This team showed tremendous heart and resiliency. They really came together as a team and had a special season.

3/21/13

It has been a long week. Our guys are focused and ready to play. The media attention has been overwhelming in a good way! Letís play this game!

3/17/13

Selection Sunday Show was in the Hall of Fame Room. We had about 100 people attend the show and of course I made sure that we had food. The opponent is Duke in Philly! So happy that our fans will be able to make an easy trip to Philly to support us! This is going to be fun! We have a week to prepare for one of the elite programs in all of college basketball. We will get them ready and I am confident that we will compete at a high level! Also, canít wait for some cheesesteaks!

3/16/13

This team is unbelievable! Tremendous effort and a great win for our program, our university, the athletic department, and the city of Albany. Very proud of our guys! So happy for our seniors! We are in the NCAA Tournament! We will find out who we play tomorrow. I anticipate a 15 seed.

3/15/13

Good practice today at Patrick Gymnasium. Our guys understand the scout. The big goal of today was to finish our preparation and make sure we get to the game healthy. We got up a lot of shots. This team is ready to get a W!

3/14/13

Just arrived in Burlington. We had a good week of practice. Our guys were so anxious this week. They just want to play this game. UVM is an outstanding program and it is very difficult to win at Patrick Gymnasium. However, we have done it before in a big game situation. Our guys are confident and ready to play!

3/10/13

Outstanding team effort and a big win vs Stony Brook! I thought we competed at a high level and played a physical brand of basketball. We played extremely hard and were very unselfish on both ends. Big play by Mike Black to win the game! Off to Burlington for the Championship Game!

3/9/13

Survive and advance is the name of the game this time of year. That is exactly what we did tonight vs Maine. Our defense in the 2nd half and our ďRefuse to LoseĒ mentality allowed us to advance to the semis. Our crowd was outstanding! Tough game tomorrow vs regular season champion Stony Brook. We are looking forward to the challenge!

3/8/13

Congrats to Mike and Jacob for being named All America East Conference. Congrats to Peter for making the All Rookie Team. Again, we had multiple guys make the All Academic Team. Congrats to Sam and Jacob for all of your success in the classroom. We play Maine tomorrow and we are looking forward to it!

3/3/13

I thought we played extremely hard today and with great energy and enthusiasm. We put ourselves in a position to win the game down the stretch. We came up short but I was pleased with our effort. We needed to maximize every possession in the final 3 minutes and we did not. Now we need to put all of our energy and focus in to getting ready for the America East Conference Tournament Championship being held in Albany, NY!

3/2/13

On our way down to Long Island. We play at Stony Brook tomorrow afternoon. It is Senior Day at Stony Brook and the game is apparently sold out. Should be a great atmosphere and a good game. Stony Brook won the regular season championship and will be the #1 seed in our conference tournament. I know our guys are looking forward to the challenge.

2/28/13

Tonight was Senior Night. I thought we played a very good 2nd half. We were very sluggish in the first half but played well the last 20 minutes. It was important to make sure our seniors won our last regular season home game. Mike, Blake, Jacob, and Jay have been outstanding representatives of our program and a pleasure to coach!

2/27/13

We had a good day of practice and prep work for UNH. This will be a tough game as UNH plays very hard and they do a good job defensively and on the glass. Peter Hooley has been cleared to play so this will help our team. It is very important that we are very aggressive on both ends.

2/23/13

Our team showed tremendous resiliency today vs a very good Fairfield team. We were physical and our team defense was excellent. John Puk was outstanding today. A very good team win! Next game is at UNH on Thursday and we should have Hooley back for that one.

2/22/13

On our way to Trumbull to check in to the Marriott. Tomorrow is the BracketBuster game at Fairfield. They have won 7 of the last 8 and have a big time player in Needham. They are arguably the best defensive team in the MAAC. We will need a great effort to win this one.

2/20/13

Tough loss tonight at BU. They really hurt us in the 2nd half with dribble penetration. Watson was the difference in the game, especially in the 2nd half. I thought Johnson and Evans played well in place of an injured Hooley. Hooley really would have helped us in this one. We still had our opportunities but we did not capitalize on them. BU has a lot of young talent and will make a run next year at the Patriot League Championship!

2/16/13

A really good effort by our guys. We jumped on Hartford early and never backed off. We were very aggressive and physical on both ends. I thought we really competed and played very well as a group. We played a lot of guys and they all contributed. Unfortunately Peter Hooley took a blow to the head and could be out a while.

2/15/13

We had a very productive week of practice. We were able to get some rest but also work on some things. The game vs Hartford is a big game as it is for 3rd place. A win will put us a game ahead of them and guarantee us the tiebreaker with Hartford. They are playing very well and Coach Gallagher is doing a great job. They beat Stony Brook a few days ago. We have to do a good job on the Big Fella and defend the 3 point line. We have worked hard this week on understanding Hartfordís tendencies and I think we are ready.

2/9/13

The storm is/was bad but not nearly as bad as we were in the first half. We lost this game in the first half. We made a few runs in the 2nd half but just didnít have enough energy in the tank to put ourselves in a position to win the game. Maine deserves a lot of credit for how they played. We played like a tired basketball team. We have a full week to get some rest before we host Hartford next Saturday.

2/8/13

We let the guys sleep in this morning. Heading to practice now. We will be able to practice in the arena for the first time in my 12 years at Albany. Usually the ice is down until an hour or two before game time. Need to be careful how hard and how long we practice today. Mike will not practice as the ankle is still bothering him. We are hoping he can play tomorrow. Maine is loaded with talent so this will be a very tough game.

2/7/13

Off to the airport. Weather in the northeast is not good and Maine is expecting over 2 feet of snow. We are going to have to land in Albany around 11am, have the kids go to class, practice from 3-5 and then jump on a bus and drive to Maine to beat the storm. On the road again! Never ends!

We are on the bus again. Practice went well but I get the sense our guys are tired. Should be a 6.5-7 hour bus trip to Maine. Hopefully we have some decent movies to watch.

We arrived in Bangor at 1 am. Brutal trip!

2/6/13

Another terrific performance by our team. Mike Black went down with an ankle injury very early in the game. I thought DJ Evans did an excellent job filling in for Mike. We were very physical and we were committed to throwing the ball inside early and often. That combined with our rock solid team defense allowed us to open up a big lead by halftime. We did not let up in the 2nd half. It was another opportunity to play a lot of guys and they all contributed! We fly home tomorrow and have to get ready for Maine this weekend. Rumor has it that a big storm is going to hit Albany and all of the northeast. Just what we need!

2/5/13

Heading to the airport for our flight down to Baltimore. We play at UMBC tomorrow night. They have been playing very well of late. Especially at home! This will be a good test for us.

2/2/13

Tremendous effort by our guys and a much needed win. We played unselfish basketball on both ends. We really dissected the zone and got great shots. It was nice to see guys step up and knock down shots. We were able to get out in transition as well. I thought we really played well and it was nice to play well in front of a big crowd. We were able to play a lot of guys as well!

2/1/13

Tomorrow is the Big Purple Growl. It is basically our Basketball Homecoming. The SEFCU will be sold out as we have Binghamton coming to town. Coach Dempsey has done a good job with his team and they play hard. We need a win to stop the bleeding. I donít think any of us expected to lose 3 in a row. The Boston U loss stings even more right now.

1/29/13

We were solid for a half but had no answers for Stony Brook in the 2nd half of the game. We really did not play well today on either end. Stony Brook took advantage of our struggles. Especially in the 2nd half. This is the 2nd game in a row where we really struggled to make shots. Need to keep grinding. We still have a lot of games left to play. Up next is the Big Purple Growl.

1/26/13

Another tough loss as we could not put the ball in the basket. We were able to get some really good looks but just could not knock down shots. It was a very low scoring game as both teams played physical on the defensive end. We had a few lapses with our out of bounds under defense. We gave up 6 points under and that cannot happen in a game where two teams are struggling to score. This is our first 2 game losing streak of the season. Need to get ready for a very good Stony Brook team.

1/25/13

Had a very good practice today in preparation for our game vs UVM. We did not play well in Burlington so our guys are anxious to play them again. They play very well together and are having another good season. Should be a good test for us.

1/23/13

This was as difficult of a loss as we have endured in a long time. We were up 6 with 16 seconds to go in regulation and lost in OT. BU hit 4 3ís in a row down the stretch with the last one being off our turnover with less than 3 seconds left in the game. The last 3 sent the game in to OT and BU had all of the momentum. They continued to shoot well and had way more energy than us in OT. We were a deflated group. Irving and Papale just kept hitting big shot after big shot. We ended up losing 85-80 in OT. Basketball is a crazy game and this was one of those games we would like to forget! We need to regroup as we have a very good UVM team coming to the SEFCU in a few days.

1/19/13

A real good win for us at Hartford! We got off to a slow start. We were down 5 at the half and Hartford had the momentum. The 2nd half was a different story as our team defense was outstanding. We held Hartford to 14 points and were able to get another road victory. Rowley and Hooley were outstanding. Puk and Metcalf did a great job defensively on the big fella! Time to head home and get ready for a talented BU team.

1/18/13

Off to Hartford for our next game. Taking our players to Vito's for dinner. Nothing like some good Italian food (Hopefully!). It is good to get the players out of the hotel so they are not just laying around. Hartford has played very well at home this year. They have a good team that really makes you work. We will have to be very patient on both ends in order to be successful!

1/16/13

A good win at UNH. We were up double digits at the half and let it slip away early in the 2nd half. UNH played well and made some shots. We were a resilient group tonight. We really kept our composure the final 10 minutes of the game. Mike Black was outstanding again. Sam Rowley had a big 2nd half for us. It was nice to get another W on the road! We now have to get ready for a good Hartford team. Another road game and another team that will present some challenges for us. We must have another 2 days of prep work.

1/15/13

On our way to the state of New Hampshire. Otherwise known as the state that the Friel Family built! We have not won in more than 5 years at UNH. I have a good feeling as we had 2 tremendous days of prep work. We are staying in Portsmouth near the water. Portsmouth is an nice city. I would imagine it is a popular place in the summer.

1/12/13

We beat a talented Maine team tonight. Mike Black was spectacular and we did a solid job as a team on both ends of the floor. It was nice to play in the SEFCU again. It is so important to take care of business at home. We now have to get ready for a tough 2 game stretch at UNH and at Hartford. Our kids are doing a good job of executing the game plan and putting themselves in a position to be successful!

1/11/13

A few good days of practice. We play Maine tomorrow night. Maine might be the biggest team in the AE. They lead the conference in scoring so we better be ready to defend and rebound!

1/7/13

Our BIGS were outstanding tonight. The fed the post early and often and got many easy baskets. WE did not shoot the ball well from the perimeter but we were aggressive in the paint. Good solid effort overall. Next game is not until the 12th at home vs a good Maine team.

1/6/13

Very encouraging practice after a tough loss. Guys are upset and looking forward to playing tomorrow night!

1/5/13

Our most disappointing effort of the season. Nothing went right for us and we were a step slow all day. This was our first BAD outing of the season. Credit Vermont and get ready for the next one. We play on the 7th at Binghamton.

1/2/13

We played well in the second half. We really executed and held them to 48 points for the game. Rowley and Puk were big on the glass! It is always good to start conference play with a W! Next game is at Vermont on the 5th!

1/1/13

Happy New Year! We have a 1 day prep for UMBC. UMBC has some talented offensive weapons. We will have to play good team defense to slow them down.

12/31/12

A good team win. Brown really made us work. I thought we did a nice job on the defensive end. We were very impatient offensively in the first half. Take the win and get ready for the conference opener vs UMBC.

12/30/12

We play a well coached Brown team tomorrow. Brown is coming off a big win over Providence. Brown really does a good job of executing and shooting the 3. We will have to be very disciplined on D to get this one!

12/28/12

A good win at Navy. Navy really competes and executes. Jacob Iati had a big night. He had his crew from York, PA at the game. He always plays well when they are in attendance. It was nice to see Luke Devlin play so well. He should be very confident after this game. A win always makes the ride home a lot smoother.

12/27/12

A very productive practice today. Our guys are comfortable with Navy. Time to jump on a bus and drive down. The weather is bad so we cannot risk missing our scheduled flights. A six hour bus trip might not sound fun but we have plenty of movies to keep us occupied.

12/26/12

The first practice after Christmas is always a tough one. Have to run all of that food out of them. LOL! That is exactly what I did. We really competed and ran the floor hard and ran it often. We did a lot of productive full court work. The guys were focused and worked hard.

12/25/12

Merry Christmas!

12/21/12

Tough loss for us. We had no flow and were completely out of sync. We still were in control of the game late but just didn't make enough plays in the final 2 minutes. Was disappointed because we had been playing so well before the break. Quinnipiac made some big plays late. We need to get Mike and Jacob back to 100% soon. We have a week before our next game at Navy. Will be good for the guys to get home for a few days to spend some time with family.

12/20/12

Anxious to see how we play tomorrow. Today was the first day Black and Iati practiced in a week. We had a good flow going before our break for final exams. Will be interesting to see how sharp we are as a group tomorrow night.

12/17/12

Never good when you find out that your 2 leading scorers are hurt and sick and both will be out for a few days. Looks like Coach Iati will have to suit up for a few practices!

12/13/12

We have some time off now for final exams. Don't play again until the 21st vs Quinnipiac. Hopefully our guys finish strong in the classroom!

12/12/12

It is never easy to play a team twice in a season. South Carolina State came to play. They outplayed us in the first half. With that being said, 40 minutes is a long time. We figured it out in the 2nd half. Jacob Iati shot it well and Sam Rowley was big on the glass.

12/8/12

Always nice to get a win on the road. Colgate is a good shooting team and they really spread us out. Burntakowski was a match-up problem for us but we did a much better job on him in the 2nd half. Jacob Iati hit some ridiculous 3's! Was nice to see that Mike Black had 7 rebounds. Direct TV on the way home was a nice treat as well!

12/5/12

The game after Siena is always a concern. We opened up a lead vs St. Francis, NY and hung on at the end. This game was very similar to our Wagner game. We made some mistakes vs pressure but made our FT's when it mattered most. We lost Mockford a few times and he made us pay with the 3 ball! St. Francis returned 4 starters from a year ago so they were an experienced team. Mike Black led us with 21 and Blake Metcalf was a beast on the glass with 13 rebounds.

12/1/12

Our guys did a great job executing the game plan. We did not allow Siena to hurt us on the interior or on the glass. The guys really understood what needed to be done. We made a poor decision or two down the stretch but otherwise we played solid basketball. Good to get this game behind us!

11/30/12

Tomorrow is the annual game vs Siena. The game is always a battle. Both teams play very hard. We will have to do a great job on Anosike and on the glass if we are going to win. Our kids are excited and want to win this one badly!

11/26/12

A good win vs Wagner. We opened up a nice lead but struggled late vs the Wagner pressure. Mike Black made some key plays for us and we made our FT's down the stretch. We have been good in close games. Hopefully it continues!

11/20/12

We were staying 45 minutes away from South Carolina St so we decided to shoot at the USC practice facility. That went well. Jay Guerrier started the game on fire by scoring our first 9 points. We shot the ball extremely well and played with great energy and purpose. Mike Black led us with 23. Metcalf and Rowley were strong on the glass again. We will try and get a day or two of rest since we don't play until the 26th.

11/19/12

Another travel day! The early season schedule has been brutal! It never ends!

11/18/12

We could not have gotten off to a worse start. We got down 20 in the first half. The second half was our half. Mike Black was limited with an injury so we went to DJ Evans and he did a great job running the show. Blake Metcalf had his best game of the season. Tremendous team effort in the second half. We were tied with less than 5 seconds to play. Loyola had to go the length of the floor to score. We lost on a fluke play. It was unfortunate considering how hard we battled back. I liked the fight in our team. We just cannot spot a good team 20 points to start a game. On our way back to Albany. We have to practice tomorrow and then fly or South Carolina. We play at South Carolina St on the 20th.

11/17/12

We played like a tired team today but found a way to survive and win vs UMKC. I thought UMKC played very well. They made us work defensively. Jacob Iati really shot it well and Blake Metcalf and Sam Rowley were outstanding on the glass. Not our best effort but the name of the game is to win! We need to get some rest and get ready for Loyola who is the MAAC favorite.

11/16/12

That was an enjoyable banquet. Each coach was asked to get up and say a few words. The food was very good. The banquet was in the casino which was neat. We are looking forward to the game.

11/15/12

On our way to Mohegan Sun. We play UMKC on Saturday. UMKC is a new opponent for us as we have never played. Tomorrow we have a banquet sponsored by the Hall of Fame. I wonder what bad movie we will watch on our way to Mohegan Sun?

11/13/12

Our guys were very resilient tonight. This was great win for our program. We went cross country and beat the defending Pac 12 Champions! I was very impressed with the fight we showed in the second half. Mike Black made a huge play in the final seconds. We really executed down the stretch and it was a great team victory.

11/12/12

Heading to our team meal at Red Robin. I am not a Red Robin guy so I had to ask my 10 year old what to order. He told me Clucks n Fries. Guess that is fancy for chicken fingers/tenders and fries. They were okay. It was good to eat out as a team. Red Robin was right on the water so we had a nice view.

11/11/12

I thought we were very good the first 15 minutes vs Ohio St. They were excellent the last 5 minutes of the half. We had no answers for Thomas and Craft shot the ball very well. The buzzer beater 3 to end the half really was a dagger for us! We continued to play heard in the second half but OSU was just too good. Now we have to race to the airport to catch a flight to Seattle. We play Washington on the 13th. Washington is the defending PAC 12 Champions!

11/9/12

Great effort today vs Duquesne. I thought we really fought hard and did some nice things. Was happy for John Puk who had an outstanding game. Duquesne was strong, quick, and athletic. We made the necessary plays down the stretch to hold on for a win! This was a good way to start the season. Now we have to get up early and practice tomorrow morning and head to Columbus, OH to play Ohio State on the 11th.

11/8/12

Great prep day today! Tomorrow is the season opener in the SEFCU vs Duquesne. I expect Duquesne to play hard and they will be well coached. Coach Jim Ferry did a great job at LIU and I would expect him to have success at Duquesne. We really need to do a good job with our transition defense. We cannot allow easy baskets. I am interested to see this group in a live setting. They have practiced very hard and play well together.

11/3/12

I was very pleased with our second scrimmage. We played a team who I believe will be in the NCAA Tournament. It was a very close scrimmage and we played well overall. We really competed on both ends of the floor and this scrimmage helped us get better. We play our first game in six days. We need to fine tune some things before the opener.

10/27/12

Today was our first scrimmage. The goal was to give each player an opportunity to play. I thought we competed fairly well. We were able to play a lot of different combinations. Nobody played more than 20 minutes. It was nice to compete against another team. I think the players were getting tired of beating each other up every day. We have a week before our second and final scrimmage. We will play the second scrimmage more like a game. It is important for us to have a good week of practice and to improve each day.

3/15/12

We lost a tough game to a very good Manhattan team. This game was the first one back for All MAAC point guard Mike Alvarado. He had been out a few weeks with an eye injury. He made a huge difference for Manhattan. He does a great job running the show. I just thought they were physically and athletically better than us. Beamon was tough to stop. We played well the first 16 minutes of the game. Manhattan made a run during the last 4 minutes to pull ahead at the half. We basically exchanged baskets in the 2nd half with us giving up too many easy baskets. That was the biggest difference. Manhattan wore us down as they played 10 or 11 guys. They just seemed quicker to the ball. It was a good year for us and we were glad to be able to play a post season game. With a strong nucleus returning we need to continue to work hard and get better!

3/9/12

I just found out that we will be playing Manhattan in the Collegeinsider.com CIT Tournament. It is exciting to reach the post season and play another game. We will actually be playing at home. Manhattan had a great season and play a very aggressive style of basketball. It should be a good game. Congrats to our team!

3/5/12

I thought we played very well vs UNH. We did a very good job defensively and on the glass. Our focus was tremendous and we played with a sense of urgency. The win put us in the semis vs Stony Brook. We lost both regular season games to a very good Stony Brook team. We made a few adjustments and played well vs Stony Brook. We did a terrific job defensively. Unfortunately we lost a heartbreaker at the buzzer. Joyner made a big time tip in for Stony Brook just before the final buzzer for the win. The difference in the game was rebounding. Stony Brook dominated us on the glass. I thought we were better in every other area. However, they pounded us on the glass and that was enough for them to get the win. They are playing very well and with a lot of confidence. We let a great opportunity slip away! I was very proud of how hard we competed!

3/2/12

We are 24 hours away from game time. Our kids are anxious and looking forward to the challenge. They understand the game plan and they are confident that they will execute it! Congrats to G Suero, M Black, L Aronhalt, and J Iati for being recognized by the conference!

2/26/12

We will be playing UNH in Hartford on Saturday. We are looking forward to the match-up and I am confident our kids will play well. They understand what we will need to do in order to be successful and to make a run in the tournament. Right now it is all about survival. Win or go home!

2/23/12

We were able to get a win at Binghamton to finish out the regular season. I was confident that Binghamton would play well and with a lot of confidence as they were coming off a big win vs 1st place Vermont. We played solid basketball and the game was never in jeopardy. We played much better against Binghamton on the road. We were terrible at home vs Binghamton on Jan. 25. Our team was focused and did not let the injury situation impact our focus. It was good for G Suero to get back on the court and shake off some rest. We now have a week to prepare for the conference tournament. It looks like we will play either UNH or Hartford.

2/19/12

I had no idea we would only have 7 players against Rider. So, we went with the Iron 7 against Rider. Our guys gave an unbelievable effort for 40 minutes. All 7 guys had an impact on the game. It was Senior Night so I was very happy for Jacob Iati who hit 6 3's and was named "Player of the Game". It was a gutsy win! Hopefully we get healthy in time for our last conference game at Binghamton on the 22nd.


2/16/12

The UVM rematch was interesting. We were without Suero, Aronhalt, and Devlin. We were missing our top 2 scorers and our leading rebounder. We decided to take the air out of the ball and shorten the game. I felt that would give us the best chance to win. Our guys really executed the game plan. We were down 1 with 10 seconds to go and I thought we forced a travel but apparently I was wrong. We were about to get up a tough 3 from the corner as time expired. It was a tough shot and we lost by 3. The effort and execution was very good. We need to regroup for Rider.


2/12/12

At Maine is always a tough trip. At least this year we only had to travel from Durham, NH to Bangor, ME. This was a must win for us. We were without 2nd leading scorer Logan Aronhalt. This was a great test for us. We played well overall. Especially since I thought we were a very tired team after watching us against UNH. We did not even practice the day before the Maine game. I met with the guys individually and then we went over the Maine scout. Everybody contributed for us. It was a good team effort. It made the 7 hour trip back to Albany a little more enjoyable! UVM is up next.


2/10/12

UNH on the road is always a tough one for us. They controlled tempo in the first half but we were still up 4. Luke Devlin injured himself and was unavailable for the 2nd half. Logan Aronhalt was struggling but we decided to see if his knee would be any better in the 2nd half. He played a few minutes and then we decided to shut him down for the last 14 minutes of the game. UNH jumped out to a lead in the 2nd half and we were forced to press to get back in to the game. UNH just made a few more plays down the stretch. Our guys really competed down the stretch to get back in to the game. The ball didn't bounce our way. We looked like a tired team against UNH. Maine is up next.


2/7/12

This was a difficult loss. One that I will take the blame for losing. We were up 16 with 10 minutes to go and fell apart. We needed to spend more time on offense and make BU work. We should have shortened the game. You live and you learn. Partin was tremendous for BU in the 2nd half and really carried them. This is one that will sting for a while. UNH is up next.


2/5/12

This was a tough game for our kids to swallow. They were looking forward to the rematch against SB. We did some really good things but just could not sustain the overall effort. SB won the battle of the 50/50 balls and made us pay. They proved to be the better team by sweeping the regular season series. They defend well and play physical on both ends. BU is up next.


2/2/12

A solid overall effort against UMBC. It is always nice to play at home and win at home. We need to continue to get better defensively and remain more patient on offense. Stony Brook is up next.


1/29/12

The dreaded same day trip. I cannot stand same day trips. However, we have to follow conference policy. Hartford at Hartford is always a tough game for us. This game was no different. John Gallagher had his team ready. We actually played well in the first half. Unfortunately Mike Black picked up his 3rd and 4th fouls very early in the 2nd half and had to sit most of the half. Jacob Iati did a tremendous job filling in for Mike. We ended up winning by double digits but it was not easy! A good win for us. UMBC is up next.


1/26/12

A win is a win. A very uninspired effort. The big thing is we got back on track with a win. I thought Binghamton played hard and well. We just didn't have any pep in our step. I was disappointed with our effort but not the final result. We have to continue to work and get better. Hartford is up next.


1/20/12

The UVM game was a battle. We had a great opportunity to win this one. We had 2 crucial TO's late in the game that really hurt us. The mystery jump ball did not help matters. Our guys put themselves in a position to win on the road. Unfortunately we did not capitalize. Glass hit a huge 3 for UVM late in the game. That is what 5th year seniors are supposed to do! Binghamton is up next and a must win.


1/17/12

I cannot believe I am saying this but we actually lost this game on the offensive end. We played with little offensive patience and did not play smart. We got behind big and tried to make a furious comeback in the last 10 minutes but ran out of gas and time. BU played well and did a good job of limiting our dribble penetration. Two losses in a row. We need a win in our next one. UVM is up next.


1/9/12

Not sure our defense could have been any worse. We just did not defend against Stony Brook. We scored plenty of points to win the game. However, we did not guard. The bench had a field day for SB. We could not make a run in the 2nd half because we did not rebound the ball. SB played well and deserved to win. We need to give a better effort on D if we are going to be successful. On to BU.


1/6/12

We dug ourselves a big hole early. We got behind by double digits in the first 10 minutes of the game and then we woke up. We were very good offensively the last 30 minutes of the game. It was not a stellar defensive effort but we were able to pull away and get a W on the road. Stony Brook is up next.


1/3/12

Our guys played well against Hartford. We were able to get the early lead and maintain it. We really pulled away in the 2nd half. This was a great way to start off the conference season. We need to continue to work and get better. UMBC is up next.


1/1/12

We have no time to waste. We need to get ready for our conference opener against a young and energetic Hartford team. Hartford plays different from the other teams in our league. They really space you out and make you defend. This will be a good test for our defense.


12/31/11

We survived! We were very lethargic in the first half. Mount played with great energy and was the better team in the first half. We struggled mightily. I was not pleased with our effort and that was the topic of discussion at halftime. We played much better in the 2nd half. The problem was Mount was already confident after playing a very good 1st half. We made big plays down the stretch to hold on for a W! This is a very long ride home but a good ride since we were able to get a W! Happy New Year!


12/29/11

Our guys really competed. I loved the overall effort. We just couldn't make the big shot when we needed it the most. Alex Len was a handful for us! He blocked and altered a bunch of shots. He is very long and was a difficult match-up for us. We did some good things and we need to build off this effort as we get ready for Mount Saint Mary's on the 31st.


12/28/11

We play Maryland tonight. It will mark the debut of 7'1 freshman Alex Len for Maryland. We have no idea what he can do on the court. I am assuming he can really play if Maryland took him knowing he would have to sit out games. We had 2 good practices on the 26th and 27th and I am confident that we are ready for Maryland.


12/26/11

The first practice back from Christmas break is usually an ugly one! We practiced at 6pm so the guys had ample time to get back to campus. Practice was actually very productive. We ran the holiday food out them. Guys were upbeat and really got after it. We will practice again tomorrow and then head to Maryland. We will be in Maryland from the 27th-31st. We play at Mount Saint Mary's on the the 31st.


12/24/11

The last game before Christmas Break is always tough. Kids are excited to go home for a few days. You just hope that they remain focused and do what is necessary to get a W! We were able to jump out in front against Dartmouth and had a good lead most of the way. We got a little sloppy in the final 10 minutes but the game was never in jeopardy. We had a few kids who were sprinting out of the locker room to get to the airport in time for flights home. Hopefully everybody has a great Christmas!


12/21/11

This team is going to give me a heart attack! I mean that in the nicest way possible! We had a chance to put St. Francis away and let them right back in the game. It was the home opener for St. Francis and they had a nice crowd. They play extremely hard and have some talented perimeter shooters. One of the keys for us was to defend the 3. We did a solid job in the first half. The 2nd half was a disaster as our rotations and communication were very poor. When we struggled to make shots our defense went SOUTH! That is when your defense needs to be at its best! The first 15 minutes of the 2nd half was the worst defense that we played all year. The last 5 minutes we dug in and got stops.


12/19/11

The Brooklyn Bridge Marriott is a nice place! Trying to get our guys very familiar with St. Francis in a short period of time. Preparation is key and we need to maximize our prep time before we play tonight.


12/18/11

A tough overtime loss last night at Cornell. We could not pull away in either half. Turnovers killed us as we finished the game with 25. I thought our guys showed tremendous heart especially late in regulation. We stole the ball with 1.9 seconds left and had a shot to win it. We placed 5 players in double figures. The difference was Cornell scored 37 points off our TOís. You cannot turn the ball over on the road and win. Some of it was poor decision making and I think not playing in 10 days had something to do with it as well. Next up is St. Francis down in Brooklyn. We need to get a W!


12/16/11

We are getting ready to head to Ithaca to play at Cornell. Anxious to see how we respond after a long lay-off. Cornell has played very well at home and they play extremely hard.


12/9/11

Our kids are getting ready for final exams. This will be a big break in between games for us. We will be out of our normal routine since final exam times vary and different guys have finals on different days. They will get some time off and then we will have to be creative with practice times so we have everyone at practice.


12/8/11

I was very pleased with our effort last night. Great bounce back game for our kids. We built a lead and we were able to keep the lead. We were very aggressive on both ends. We were it attack mode and it was nice to see. We donít play again until the 17th at Cornell. Cornell is good this year and very good at home.


12/7/11

I am anxious to see how we respond vs. Colgate tonight. Our kids are clearly upset about Monday night and I am hoping that they take it out on Colgate.


12/6/11

Well, that debacle is over. We had a great opportunity to put the game away and did not take advantage of it. Three bank shot 3ís at the end of the shot clock/game clock did not help! Siena went in to the locker room during halftime feeling good and we went in the locker room like we lost the game. We let the last 4 minutes of the 1st half consume us and allowed Siena to go on a run in the 2nd half. We played tight and they played very loose. We could not make a shot in the 2nd half and allowed Siena to dominate the glass. 2nd chance opportunities were the difference in the game, especially the 2nd half. You live and you learn! We have to move forward as we play Colgate tomorrow. Playing again right away will be the best thing for us. We need to play better with the lead!


12/4/11

It has been a long week. I thought we were starting to get comfortable on the court and now we have all of this time off. We just need to keep working and get better!


11/29/11

This is going to be a long week! The Siena game was suppose to be played Saturday Dec. 3 but they had some mix up with the MAAC in regards to scheduling.


11/28/11

FDU was very talented. Big and physical up front. Talented 1 on 1 players in the backcourt. Our team defense was terrific and we did a good job of attacking the rim on offense. I was pleased that we did not allow them back in the game in the 2nd half. Good team effort. Next game is Dec. 5 at Siena.


11/26/11

We jumped out to a big lead vs. Navy but let them right back in the game. We need to develop that killer instict/sense of urgency. It is nice to get a win and even nicer to do it at home. However, we need finish teams off! Need to get ready for FDU on Sunday.


11/25/11

Awesome spread at the Crowne Plaza! I am still stuffed. Need to get a W vs. Navy.


11/24/11

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Enjoy the day and eat a lot of food. Try to avoid food coma! We will be eating as a team at the Crowne Plaza.


11/23/11

The George Mason game was brutal and the drive home was even worse. We could not buy a bucket last night. We were able to get great shots from our best offensive players. We could not throw the ball in the ocean! Gerardo Suero got in early foul trouble which hurt him and us. It was the first game that he had experienced early foul trouble. Our kids played hard but we could not make a run because we could not score. After watching the film we probably settled for too many jump shots but they were good looks. We have to shoot them with confidence. The bus ride home was worse than our shooting! LOL! Navy is up next.


11/22/11

We played very well against Monmouth. We really forced tempo and were aggressive on both ends. Our energy and enthusiasm was terrific. We were able to play everybody which was great since we play again tonight. George Mason is talented and playing at home. Hopefully we can maintain that great energy and enthusiam.


11/20/11

Getting ready to head down to George Mason to play Monmouth and George Mason. We play Monmouth tomorrow night. I have a feeling it will be just like our Brown game. Might be less than 33 people in the building because Fairfax is too far for Albany fans to drive! We need to play with great energy and enthusiasm for 40 minutes.


11/16/11

Syracuse is tremendous. They might get better when they sub. Cuse is deep and athletic. This might be the most talented Cuse team in years. We did a nice job overall. We attacked pressure with success. The length and athleticism in the 2-3 zone really bothered us as it does most teams. I thought we really competed. They were just too big, too athletic, and too good!


11/15/11

We were able to beat a resilient Brown team. We opened up a nice lead but allowed them to get right back in the game. Brown hit some 3ís and hurt us with a few back door cuts for lay-ups. We did what was needed late in the game to close it out. Our communication on D needs to improve. It also hurt that Mike Black got in to some foul trouble in the 2nd hald. I counted 33 people in the Dome for our game. It was like a closed scrimmage. We play Syracuse tonight. I think more than 33 people will be at the game!


11/13/11

We practiced at LeMoyne today. Coach Bassett reached out to his son Matt to make this happen. Matt is the Athletic Director at LeMoyne. We had a good 2 hour practice. The players are looking forward to competing in the Carrier Dome. Brown is very good offensively and they have an outstanding point guard. We must do a great job on D and not let the pg dictate play. I have a feeling the Dome will be empty for this one!


11/12/11

Tough loss to open the season. I thought Pitt played very well and we struggled mightily. We expected Gibbs to cause problems for us but we did not think Woodall could shoot the ball like he did. If he plays like that the rest of the season then Pitt will be very good as usual. A bright spot was Gerardo Suero getting to the FT line on a consistent basis against a big and physical team. Off to Syracuse to play Brown.


11/10/11

We just finished our final practice before the season opener at Pitt. The players are excited and looking forward to competing against one of the elite programs in all of college basketball. Pitt is known for toughness, defense, and offensive efficiency. Also, they donít lose very often at home. I am anxious to see how we play against a very good team in a tough environment.


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