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Albany spanks UMBC 83-39 behind 21 points from Charles

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Travis Charles scored 21 points, David Nichols scored 17 while Alex Foster grabbed 13 rebounds and Albany dismantled UMBC 83-39 on Sunday.

Ahmad Clark made two 3-pointers and the Great Danes had a 20-4 lead with just over seven minutes before halftime. Albany (16-6, 4-3 America East) never trailed.

After UMBC's Daniel Akin made a layup to make it 8-4 with 15:24 to go before halftime, the Retrievers didn't score again until the 6:52 mark of the first half, missing nine shots during that stretch.

Albany led 36-12 at the break, and continued the one-sided affair after intermission with a 13-0 run as Nichols made a pair of 3s. UMBC (13-8, 4-2) didn't score until 16:37 left with Joe Sherburne's layup to make it 49-14.

Clark added 12 points for Albany which shot 33 of 57 (58 percent) compared to 17 of 54 (31.5) for the Retrievers. Jairus Lyles led UMBC with 14 points.

Updated January 21, 2018

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