Walk The Line Case Study

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Walk The Line

How does a team shoot 1-11 (9.1%) from deep, while their three best players combine for an 8-30 (27%) shooting night, including 0-9 deep win? Defense and free throws...and having a career game from a big man doesn't hurt either.

Albany limited Vermont's best weapon, holding the Catamount's to 6-24 (25%) from deep. Vermont came into the game shooting a league best 37.6% from three so far this season.

While Albany struggled from the field themselves in the 2nd half shooting 10-29 (34.5%); they made 5 more free throw's than field goals, going 15-19 from the line (78.9%).

The Great Danes were led at the line by Evan Singletary (6-6), Joe Cremo (7-8) and Mike Rowley (4-5). Their 76.9 free throw percentage was over 4 points better
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Greig Stire would pull in 5 offensive rebounds to lead Albany, while Richard Peters contributed 4 of his own.

The Albany offensive boards would lead to a 9-2 advantage over Vermont in second chance points. Albany's rebounding advantage coming into the contest; combined with Vermont's poor shooting was more than enough to doom the Catamounts.

The Not So Little Brother

Mike Rowley would carry the Albany offense in a road game, against a tough opponent, in which his team was struggling from the field. Sam Rowley is no longer around for Albany and coach Will Brown to rely on, but Mike did his best impersonation of his older brother in this contest.

Rowley would use an array of post moves on the interior, while shooting 10 percentage points higher than his season average from the free throw line. His 18 points tied Vermont's Kurt Steidl for the game high, while his 11 rebounds led all players.

Final Thoughts

It's pretty amazing how Albany continues to win games in which the players they were supposed to rely on offensively struggle on that end. The improvement of the Albany interior pieces from last season to this makes them much more complete of a team than one would have thought going into the
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