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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

UAlbany’s Marshall Dominates on the Court, Even From the Bleachers of Siena

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Amar’e Marshall didn’t ‌single-handedly ⁤beat the Siena⁤ men’s ⁣basketball team at MVP Arena ‌on Sunday.

It just seemed like it, at times.

In fact, when he made a ⁢3-pointer⁤ with⁣ 7:11 left in the Albany Cup,⁢ UAlbany’s 6-foot-4 redshirt ⁢sophomore guard, ⁤a ​transfer ⁤from Hofstra, trailed the entire Saints roster in scoring by just eight points, 39-31. That⁤ 3 gave the Great Danes a 67-39 lead on the way to running Siena off its home floor, 86-51.

Marshall finished​ with 33, becoming just ​the second player to hit the⁢ 30 mark in the Albany Cup, since the first one in 2001, when‌ UAlbany’s E.J. Gallup scored 36.

The Great Danes ⁤took advantage of ‌a ragged performance by the ‍Saints, even as⁣ Siena (1-5) regained the services of its starting backcourt, Michel ⁢Eley, who had missed four games with an ankle injury, and ⁢Zek Tekin, who ⁢had ⁣been in the concussion protocol for two‍ games.

Marshall took advantage of⁤ pretty‍ much whatever was offered by Siena’s defense, making⁣ 13 of 20 field ‍goals in⁣ 31-plus ⁣minutes.

This, from ‍a player who did not make a field goal in seven attempts in the‌ season opener, a 92-71 loss at ⁤UMass​ less than three weeks‌ ago.

“The first game, I kind of was down on myself, and I give‌ all the credit to my coaches and my teammates,” Marshall said. They‌ put the confidence in me and all know what‌ I can do, so they picked me ‍up and told me, ‍’Next ⁤game,⁢ just keep going.'”

“I don’t know what he ended up with, but, ⁤really, it’s just confidence with him,” teammate Sebastian Thomas said. ⁣”I think he’s one of the best⁢ scorers​ in the conference, if not the best, and a real big piece to our‍ team, so if⁢ he keeps playing like this,‌ I think we have ⁤a big chance.”

Marshall scored 12 in the first half as UAlbany (3-3) took a 28-23 lead, then the Great Danes exploded⁢ right out of the locker room in the ‌second half.

That included a thunderous dunk⁣ by‍ Marshall, who sliced through the ‍defense​ out of UAlbany’s halfcourt offense, for a 33-23 lead. Just‍ over a ⁣minute later,‌ he​ made a 3 from the right corner to extend the lead to 38-23, and‍ Siena head coach Carm⁣ Maciariello ⁤called timeout.

Marshall’s previous single-game⁢ scoring high had been 24 points, in an 85-66 Hofstra loss to‍ No. 4-ranked Purdue last year.⁤ He equaled that against the Great Danes with a 3-pointer midway through the second half, then topped it with a⁤ breakaway throwdown dunk for a⁣ 58-35 lead.

“That’s what I’m working for, being a three-level ‍scorer,”⁢ Marshall ⁣said. “Attacking the defense and taking what⁣ they give you is what I’m looking for.”

“Credit to Albany. I apologize to our fans that showed up ⁣and the alums,” Maciariello said. ‌”Amar’e Marshall⁤ was the best player on the floor.⁣ He ‍had ⁣33, and a very efficient 33.”

Marshall ⁤made⁢ three of five⁣ 3-pointers, made all four of his free ​throws and also ⁣led UAlbany⁢ with eight rebounds.

After ⁤redshirting his first season ⁢with Hofstra, Marshall played⁢ in 28 games in 2022-23 with just three starts, including the Purdue game, on⁢ a team ⁣that⁢ went 25-10 and ⁤made⁣ it to the second round of the NIT.

He ‍showed flashes of being a scorer at Hofstra,‌ while averaging 12.5 minutes per‍ game.

On Sunday, he established himself⁤ as the biggest​ scoring ⁣threat for a⁣ Great Danes team that looks much improved from the one that⁣ went 8-23 last year.

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Beckett Nielson
Beckett Nielson
Transitioning from a collegiate athlete to a sports journalist, Beckett O’Neal channels his passion for sports into engaging stories. A Boston College graduate, Beckett specializes in local sports coverage, from high school heroes to regional professional teams, providing in-depth analysis and an athlete's insight.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. Bad punctuation and grammar, disagree: marshal aint dominating from no bleachers thats just stupid he just sits there not even playing.

  2. Good punctuation and grammar, uncaring: Perhaps Marshall’s presence on the court or bleachers is not the defining factor for the game’s outcome. I’m just interested in a good game of basketball.

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