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SEFCU Hosts 'Albany Cup' Rivals

Cassandra Edwards and Joe Cremo will lead the Great Danes into action against Siena this Sunday at SEFCU Arena.

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 23, 2016) – Our House. Our City. Our Time.

On Sunday, Nov. 27, the University at Albany men’s and women’s basketball teams will be hosting cross-town rival Siena College for the annual “Albany Cup” game. It will be the first time the doubleheader is hosted at SEFCU Arena in Division I series history.

Tip-off for the women’s game is scheduled for 3 p.m., with the men following at 7 p.m.

Since renewing the rivalry in 2001, Siena has hosted the UAlbany men for 14 straight seasons on their home court at the Times Union Center in Albany. The UAlbany women have also played seven consecutive away games against the Saints.

The last time the series was held on UAlbany’s campus was in 1976.

Albany Cup trophy
UAlbany Alumni Association’s 2016 “Albany Cup” shirts were handed out during a “clean out the green” clothing drive on campus last week.

“After many discussions with our alumni, season ticket holders and donors, it became apparent to me the importance of playing this game at SEFCU Arena on the UAlbany campus,” said Mark Benson, UAlbany athletic director. “I’d like to thank John D’Argenio [Siena’s athletic director] for his collaboration in continuing this great rivalry.”

Both the Great Dane men and women come into Sunday’s games riding high in the series. The women have won the last six meetings, including a 61-42 victory last year. The men have won three of the last five.

This season, the UAlbany men earned the program’s first victory over a Big Ten opponent, defeating Penn State, 87-81. Sophomore Joe Cremo was named the America East Conference Player of the Week, scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds against the Nittany Lions. The team has since added victories against SUNY Oneonta and Brown University for a 3-2 record.

The UAlbany women are undefeated at home, with wins against Army and Boston University. Led by first-year head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee, the Great Danes are aiming for a sixth straight America East Conference championship.

A very limited number of “Albany Cup” tickets are still available. Grab yours today at the UAlbany Athletics online ticket office or by calling 518-442-DANE.

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