Stunner In Seattle Gives UAlbany The Win Over Washington
SEATTLE, Wash. - Senior guard Mike Black, with ice in his veins, hit the last-second layup to defeat Washington, 63-62, Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Alaska Airlines Arena. This is UAlbany's second BCS win in school history; the first was against Utah in 2006.
"I've been here 12 years, we won at Utah I think the year before they had gone to the Elite 8. I think it was the first year (Rick) Majerus wasn't coaching, so that and outside of going to the NCAA tournament in '06 and '07," said Coach Brown. "This is obviously the biggest single game we have ever won, that is for sure. We have only been Division I for 12 years."
"Mike Black is the best player in our league in my opinion. Definitely the best point guard," said Coach Brown on the play of the UAlbany guards. "He's had plenty of games like this before. Jacob Iati is just a gutsy kid. He might be as good as any shooter in the country."
Washington had three players, Abdul Gaddy, Aziz N'Diaye, and C.J Wilcox, all score in double figures today. N'Diyae had the games only double-double, recording 13 points and 11 rebounds.
UAlbany (2-1) opened up the second half with a four-point lead, 33-29, with 19:25 left. Black hit the open lane and made the layup.
Washington (1-1) came back with its own 16-5 run to grab a seven-point lead, 45-38, with 13:24 remaining. Huskies' Desmond Simmons scored all six of his points during the run with a Jernard Jarreau alley-oop dunk to cap it.
After a fast-break dunk by Sam Rowley to cut the deficit to five, Washington's Gaddy Abdul hit a three for an eight-point lead, 48-40, marking the largest lead of the game.
The Great Danes came back with a vengeance, going on a 14-5 run to grab a one-point lead, 54-53, with 5:08 remaining in the game. Black paced UAlbany with nine of his game-high 22 points during the run.
Both teams traded baskets for the next four minutes until Washington grabbed a two-point lead, 60-58, with 1:03 left in the game. Simmons forced a turnover, allowing Andrew Andrews to get fouled and hit both free throws.
Iati, who hit six three-pointers in the game, drove to the basket and dished it out to redshirt-freshman Peter Hooley in the corner to knock down the triple for the one-point lead, 61-60, with 35 seconds remaining.
Following the Hooley three, Gaddy followed up with an offensive rebound off a missed free throw and made the layup. The layup gave the Huskies a one-point lead, 62-61, with 18 seconds left.
Then with just 7.6 seconds in the game and down by one, Black took the ball in his own hands. Black slashed down the left side past two defenders and hit the game-winning layup with 3.2 seconds. Abdul threw up the last shot, but it hit the back of the iron for the Great Danes to get the victory.
A very defensive first half with both teams combined 30 points through 15 minutes of the half. There would be six scoring ties until UAlbany grabbed a one-point, 24-23, with 3:10 left in the half.
The Great Danes would extend their lead to five, 28-23, as both Black and Rowley went a combined 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. UAlbany finished out the half with a last-second layup by Black to give the Danes a four-point lead and a foreshadow to finish to the finish of the game.