Men’s Basketball Falls Short To Boston U., 85-80, In Overtime 

 

ALBANY, N.Y. - Despite five Great Danes in double figures, UAlbany fell to Boston U., 85-80 in overtime, on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at SEFCU Arena. Senior guard Mike Black led his team with 20 points, shooting a perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line.

Behind Black's 20 points, redshirt-freshman guard Peter Hooley filled the stat sheet with 12 points, six assists and six rebounds. Senior guard Jayson Guerrier had his best shooting performance of the season with 11 points, shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc. Sophomore forward Sam Rowley toughed out 14 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two assists.

Down six at the half, UAlbany (16-5, 5-2 America East) came out firing in the second half with a 21-7 run to grab an eight-point lead, 44-36, with 11:28 to play. Sophomore forward Sam Rowley led the charge with 10 of his 14 total points in just eight minutes.

Boston U. (10-10, 4-3 America East ) came back with an 11-5 run to cut the deficit to two, 49-47, with 6:05 left in the contest. The lead was cut with back-to-back threes from D.J. Irving and Malik Thomas.

The Great Danes regained composure and put the lead back up to seven, 59-52, with 1:28 remaining. Fifth-year senior guard Jacob Iati hit a crucial three from the right corner.

However, Irving led the Terriers to force the overtime with two three-pointers in four seconds and John Papale paced his squad in overtime, scoring 11 of the team's 22 total overtime points to grab the come-from-behind win on the road.

A frustrating first half for the Great Danes, as the Terriers forced 11 turnovers with seven steals. BU's Maurice Watson Jr. led all scorers at the half with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc.

UAlbany's bright spot at the half was senior forward Jayson Guerrier, who paced his squad with 11 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting, along with an impressive 3-of-3 shooting from long range.

The Great Danes continue their four-game homestand on Saturday, Jan. 26 against Vermont at 7:30 p.m. The game can be viewed on ESPN3 at SEFCU Arena.