Albany, N.Y.- Gerardo Suero's 26 points, going 14-of-16 from the free-line, led UAlbany in a thrilling victory over Maine, 76-75, on Saturday, Jan. 14 at SEFCU Arena. The Great Danes are 9-1 this season when they score 75 points or more in a game. The UAlbany win bumps them up to 12-7 overall and 4-1 in the America East Conference, while Maine drops to 8-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference.
Suero got back into his scoring rhythm posting a game-high 26 points, which was his 14th 20-plus point game of the season. Both Luke Devlin and Mike Black were one rebound shy of a double-double recording 13 and 15 points along with nine rebounds, respectively. Logan Aronhalt also finished in double-digits with 12 points, shooting 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. UAlbany shot 82.8 percent (24-of-29) from the free-throw line and outrebounded Maine, 42-36.
Maine's Justin Edwards led his team in scoring with 19 points, going 9-of -10 from the free-throw line. Gerald McLemore, Mike Allison, and Kilian Cato finished in double-digits for the Black Bears with 17, 12 and 11, respectively. Maine shot just as well from the free-throw line, shooting 18-of-22 from the line and shot 42.4 percent from the floor.
Maine (8-7, 2-2 AE) being down at the half, 38-37, took control of the tempo in the second half by grabbing the lead, 40-38, within 16 seconds with a three-pointer by Cato. The Black Bears would not let go of the lead until 1:58 remaining in the game.
UAlbany (12-7, 4-1 AE) and its defense would come up big after Suero hit both free-throws to tie the game at 73 with 1:58 remaining in the game. The Great Danes' D, led by Devlin, would come up with a steal and throw an outlet pass to Mike Black who would convert a layup to give UAlbany its first lead of the half, 75-73, with 1:36 remaining in the game. John Puk came up with a tough defensive rebound and would be fouled in the process, with UAlbany in the bonus, would convert a free-throw to grab the Great Danes' largest lead of the half, 76-73, with 1:07 remaining.
The Black Bears' Edwards would hit a 15-footer to cut the deficit to one, 76-75, with 45 seconds remaining but eventually fall short in the end.
UAlbany moves into a tie for first place with Stony Brook at 4-1 in the conference and will go on the road to face Boston U. on Monday, Jan. 16 at Agganis Arena.