GUILDERLAND, N.Y. -- Peter Hooley had a career-high 25 points on Saturday night to guide Albany past Hartford 81-56 in the America East Conference opener for both teams.
DJ Evans added 20 points for Albany (7-7), including 6 of 8 from 3-point range. Hooley was 6 of 9 from long distance and the Great Danes as a team were 16 of 23 (69.6 percent). Albany also shot 9 of 18 from inside the arc to finish with 58.1 percent shooting overall.
Albany led 52-39 in the second half when it made 5 of 6 3-pointers over a 4-minute stretch to extend its lead to 67-43 with 8:32 left.
Hartford fell behind 29-12, but finished the first half on a 7-point run to close within 39-30. The Hawks (5-10) shot 41.2 percent with only five turnovers but gave up a 37-14 rebounding edge to Albany.
Mark Nwakamma led the Hawks with 13 points.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.