Albany, N.Y.- Junior guard Jacob Iati went off recording a career-high in points and rebounds with 20 and five in a win over Rider, 70-61, on Saturday, Feb. 18 at SEFCU Arena in the ESPN BracketBuster game. The Great Danes only dressed seven players for the contest and had three players score in double digits. With the win against Rider, UAlbany broke its Division I program of most non-conference wins in a season with nine.
The Great Danes had three scorers in double-digits and two with 20-plus points. Mike Black led all scorers with 23 points, 6-of-6 from the free throw line and dished out six helpers. Iati eclipsed his career-high in points with 20 in the contest and Jayson Guerrier complimented with 15 points and seven rebounds. As a collective, the team shot 47.9 percent (23-48 FG) from the floor slightly out shooting Rider (46.2 percent).
The Bronc's had three players in double digits with Jeff Jones scoring a team-high 18 points and four rebounds. Both Johnathon Thompson and Novar Gadson each had double-figures with 10 and 11, respectively. Rider slightly out rebounded UAlbany, 30-26.
UAlbany began the second half on a 12-5 run to extend the lead to 17, 52-35, with 14:33 left in the game. Guerrier (1-2 3FG) and Iati (2-3 3FG) shot a combined 3-of-5 from behind the arc during the run.
Rider would come back on a 9-2 run to cut the deficit to eight, 54-46, with 10:09 remaining which was capped off by a momentous dunk by Junior Fortunat.
The Great Danes would bring the lead back up to 16, 64-48, after two free-throws made by Iati with 2:34 remaining . UAlbany would sustain the lead for the next 2:34 to clinch its ninth non-conference win.
Rider's run-n-gun style offense came out firing in the first half going up early on UAlbany, 17-9, with 15:27 left to play. Anthony Myles scored all eight of his first half points during the run, shooting 2-of-2 from beyond the arc.
UAlbany would come back with a 9-0 run to grab the lead, 18-17, with 11:34 left in the first half. Black would hit two easy layups during the stretch. The Great Danes would be able to stretch the lead to nine at the half, 39-30. Iati would put the exclamation point from about five feet behind the arc with five seconds remaining.
The Great Danes will finish its 2012 regular season schedule on the road against Binghamton on Thursday, Feb. 23 (7pm) on ESPN 3.