ALBANY, N.Y. — Redshirt sophomore Ethan Mackey enjoyed playing in front of his hometown crowd (Voorheesville, N.Y.) as he recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds but Maine men’s basketball team was defeated by Albany, 74-63 at the SEFCU Arena on Saturday.
The Black Bears are now 5-20 and 3-10 in America East while Albany improves to 13-13 and 7-6 in the league.
Mackey played against Albany earlier this year and recorded a new career-high in points, tallying 24 in the win but had a chance to show what he can do in front of a myriad of his friends and family, recording a new career-high in rebounds.
The Black Bears played one of their best halves in recent memory, whittling a 20-point lead down to one, going on a 29-10 run to open the frame and challenged the rest of the way.
Zarko Valjarevic paced the offense with 15 points, as the Black Bears finished the game shooting 39 percent from the field.
Peter Hooley sparked the Great Danes with 21 points while DJ Evans recorded 16 in assisting Albany’s shooting percentage of 45 percent from the field.
The Great Danes edged the Black Bears in rebounding 36-34 while Maine turned the ball over 17 times to Albany’s 15.
The Great Danes didn’t waste any time jumping on the Black Bears, going on a 24-4 run in the first seven minutes of the half.
The Black Bears looked like a different team to start the second half opening the frame on a 14-4 run in the first 4:19 seconds.
Mackey tallied back-to-back layups combined with a Valjarevic 3-pointer and Shaun Lawton free throws as the Black Bears got the deficit down to 57-56 with 8:02 left in the game.
Albany began to reassert itself going on an 8-2 run since the 8:02 mark and held on from there.
Maine returns home for a 2 p.m. Sunday contest against Stony Brook at the Cross Insurance Center.