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By Brian DePasquale
Millrose Games
University at Albany’s Jamie Rodriguez helped his squad finish third among nine teams in the men’s 4x800-meter relay at the 94th annual Millrose Games on Friday, Feb. 2, at Madison Square Garden. The Great Danes were second in the men’s 4x400 relay and third in the women’s 4x400 event.

UAlbany was timed in 8:01.99 in the 4x800, and placed behind Westchester Puma (7:57.38) and Rhode Island (7:59.08). Joining Rodriguez on the relay were Adam Rice, Noel Campbell, and Ike Cherry.

Colgate hit the tape in 3:28.66 to edge the Great Danes in the men’s 4x400 race. Aggrey Morris anchored Albany to a time of 3:29.22. In the women’s 4x400, Princeton’s performance of 3:56.21 was nearly two seconds better than that of Wheaton College. UAlbany was third in 3:59.75, as Tammy Freeman ran the leadoff leg.

Track & Field
Freshman Jessica Walton won the women’s 1,000-meter run and Naron Stewart qualified for the IC4A championships in the high jump to highlight UAlbany’s performances at Colgate University’s Class of ’32 Invitational. The Great Danes were third in the men’s team standings, and fourth in the women’s competition.

Walton went 3:02.75 in the 1,000 in winning by nearly three seconds over Bucknell’s Becky Marshall. She was just off Erica Viger’s school record of 3:02.07. Albany’s 4x400-meter relay also posted a first-place finish with a time of 4:04.00. Seidah Abu-Bakir was second in the 55-high hurdles and third in the high jump. Andrea Sweet and Nierria Jones earned a pair of third-place finishes in the long jump and triple jump, respectively.

Stewart, a freshman from Jamaica, placed second in the men’s high jump with an IC4A-qualifying mark of 6-feet, 9-inches. Charles Young won the 55-hurdles with a time of 7.82 seconds, and was three-hundredths off the meet record. Marcus Thompson finished second in the 55-meter dash (6.53), while the 4x400 and 4x800 relays were also in the runner-up position. Marlon Monroe was third in the triple jump and Mark Goodman took fourth in the weight throw.

Men’s Basketball
Sophomore guard Antione Johnson hit a three-point field goal as time expired to lift Albany past Army, 88-86, in double overtime on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Recreation and Convocation Center.

Army (6-14) took an 86-85 lead with 5.4 seconds left in the second extra period, when Charles Woodruff made the first of two free throws. Sam Hopes gathered in Woodruff’s missed foul shot. Johnson, who took in Hopes’ outlet, drove up the right sideline, and let go his winning shot from just outside the three-point arc.

Albany (5-17) rallied from a 69-60 deficit with 3:20 remaining in regulation. Will Brand, who had 18 points, scored with a spin move on the right baseline to draw his team even at 69 apiece.

In the first overtime, Woodruff, who had 18 points, scored in the lane with 27 seconds left to knot the score at 79-all. Hopes, who netted 10 of his 12 points after regulation, misfired on a 19-foot jumper at the buzzer.

The Black Knights, who shot 59 percent in the first half, used a 15-2 run to grab a 46-35 advantage. Junior guard Chris Spatola had 25 of his 33 points in the period. Army led 46-40 at halftime, and held as much as 12-point cushion in final stanza.

“I was very pleased for myself and my teammates,” Johnson said. “This (win) will be good for us. We have played hard the last two weeks, but always came up short.”

“It looked good when it left his hands,” Albany coach Scott Beeten commented. “He deserved to win the game. His defense on Spatola in the second half was excellent. I wanted this one for the kids, they’ve earned it with their hard work.”

Freshman guard E.J. Gallup led Albany with a season-high 31 points, and set a school record with nine 3-pointers. Johnson, who played nearly the entire overtime session with four fouls, finished with 15 points. The Great Danes snapped a seven-game losing streak before a Big Purple Growl crowd of more than 3,000.

Army’s J.P. Spatola and Dax Pearson added 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Women’s Basketball
Freshman Kate Maslowski scored a career-high 15 points to pace four players in double figures, as Navy posted a 66-56 victory over Albany on Monday, Feb. 5, at Alumni Hall in Annapolis, Md.

Navy (9-13) led 35-29 at halftime, as Byranna Herring scored all 12 of her points in the period.

Albany (5-18) used a 13-4 run to get back into the contest, and closed within 51-46 on a three-point field goal by sophomore guard Chris Gray, who had 11 points off the bench.

The Great Danes, who have lost four straight, were still within striking distance at 61-56 in the final minutes. However, the Mids canned five of six free throws down the stretch to seal the verdict.

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