Key Free Throws Down The Stretch Extend Men's Basketball Win Streak To Five
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Another game in the books and senior guard's Mike Black and Jacob Iati combined for 38 of the team's 67 points to pace UAlbany past Colgate, 67-61, on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Cotterell Court. The Great Danes hit 8-of-11 from the charity stripe in the final 51 seconds of the game to improve to 8-2 on the season.
UAlbany (8-2) senior guards Iati and Black were the top-two scorers of the game, having scored 20 and 18, respectively. This is the ninth time in 10 games that both players have scored in double-digits this season. Redshirt-freshman Peter Hooley tied a season-high in scoring with 11 points, while tallying three rebounds, three assists, and a block.
Black sparked the Great Danes early in the first half, tallying the team's first seven points to tie the game, 7-7, with 13:33 remaining. Sam Rowley and Luke Devlin consecutively scored on layups to give UAlbany its first lead of four, 11-7.
Following four quick points by Colgate, UAlbany strung together a 15-0 run, 26-11, with 5:39 remaining in the half. Iati hit two of his four first half threes during the stretch.
Colgate (3-7) came back with a 10-3 run of its own to cut the deficit to eight, 29-21, with 2:31. Burnatowski lead the Raiders with four points in the run.
With a 10-point lead, 32-22, going into the second half, UAlbany's defense kept Colgate from grabbing any kind of lead in the final 20 minutes of the game. The Great Danes held the Red Raiders, who came into the game averaging nine three-pointers a game, to 1-of-6 from behind the arc in the second half and 2-of-15 for the game.
Colgate came within three points five different times in the second half, but UAlbany responded each possession after. As the Red Raiders came within three, 62-59, with 24 seconds remaining, the Great Danes' Hooley came back by hitting four consecutive free throws to put the game away.
UAlbany comes back home to the SEFCU Arena to finish the home-and-home series against South Carolina State on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. The Great Danes defeated the Bulldogs earlier this season, 83-55. The contest will be aired on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel with Rodger Wyland as the play-by-play and John Quattrocchi as the color analyst.