Albany, N.Y.- Vermont's Brian Voelkel's all-around performance of three points, 14 rebounds, and four assist helped lead the Catamounts over the Great Danes of UAlbany, 50-47, on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at SEFCU Arena. UAlbany, without its top two scorers, were able to hold Vermont to 50 points which was the defenses' second best performance of the season, having held Monmouth earlier to 49 points. Junior guard Jacob Iati was able to hold the Catamounts best scorer, Four McGlynn, to zero points on 0-of-8 shooting.
UAlbany came out in the first half looking to control tempo with an early lead, 9-5, with 15:45 left. The Great Danes began with two quick layups by Black followed by Guerrier hitting a three from the left corner and a 12-footer.
Vermont would then go on a 15-3 run to have the largest lead of the half of eight, 20-12, with 7:47 remaining. The Catamounts would have seven different players contribute throughout the run.
The Great Danes would cut the deficit down to four, 24-20, with a 5-0 run to end the half. The run was capped by a Guerrier three-pointer from the left baseline. Guerrier would led all scorers at the half with eight points on 3-of-5 shooting and 2-of-3 from behind the arc.
The second half of the America East contest was just as slow as the first but UAlbany would grab its first lead of the half, 32-30, with 10:40 left to play. Guerrier would continue his scoring from the first half by adding six points during the stretch to help the Danes grab the lead.
Vermont and UAlbany would trade baskets for the next five minutes until two consecutive three's, one by Sandro Carissimo and one by Matt Glass, would push momentum in favor of the Catamounts, 44-37, with 2:31 left to play.
Down by nine, UAlbany would get an unconventional four-point play from Black as he hit a deep three but would be fouled by Carissimo to allow Black to add on a point from the free throw line. Following the next possession, Iati would hit a big three from the right baseline to cut the deficit to two, 46-44, with 27 seconds remaining.
After an easy layup by Vermont's Luke Apfeld resulting from UAlbany's full court press, Iati again would hit another three from the left shoulder to cut the lead down to one, 48-47, with 16 seconds remaining.
Forcing the Great Dane's Tanner Gibson to foul Carissimo, he would hit both free throws to give the Catamounts a three-point lead.
Black would quickly push the ball down the court and knowing he couldn't make the easy layup, he would drive then quickly dish the ball out to Iati for the three, but would be off balance and hit the back of the iron as time expired.
UAlbany's Blake Metcalf had a career game on the boards with 15, seven of which were offensive along with five points and block. Jayson Guerrier and Mike Black each scored in double figures with 16 and 14, respectively. The Great Danes outshot the Catamounts, 43.5 to 36.2 percent from the floor. The Catamounts would slightly out rebound the Danes, 30-29.
UAlbany continues its 2012 season on Saturday against Rider in the ESPN Brackbuster game at SEFCU Arena (7 pm).