Quinnipiac's Last-Second Basket Downs UAlbany, 59-57
ALBANY, N.Y.- A last-second bucket by Quinnipiac's Ike Azotam proved to be the game-winner over UAlbany, 59-57, on Friday, Dec. 21 at SEFCU Arena. The loss for UAlbany ended its six-game winning streak and drop them to 9-3 overall.
UAlbany (9-3) had two players in double digits, with sophomore forward Sam Rowley scoring a team-best 15 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Mike Black tallied 14 points, two rebounds, an assist, and a steal. The Great Danes shot 40.0 percent (18-45) from the floor and 69.6 percent (16-23) from the free-throw line.
Quinnipiac's (4-6) Azotam paced all scorers with 17 points and eight rebounds. Bobcat guard Zaid Hearst followed up Azotam's performance with 12 points and four rebounds. Quinnipiac out rebounded UAlbany by nine, 39-30, and grabbing a crucial 15 offensive rebounds.
The Bobcats came out with a lead for most of the half and extending it to as much as seven, 26-19, with 3:27 left in the first half. Hearst scored seven of 12 total points in the first half. Ousmane Dramed capped the seven-point with a thunderous dunk.
The Great Danes shook off the nine-day rust in the final three minutes, going on a 5-0 to cut the deficit to two, 26-24, to end the half. A deep jumper at the top of the key by John Puk sparked the late-run to cut into the deficit.
Then in the second half, UAlbany took a lead with 10:58 remaining, 39-38. That was the Great Danes first lead since 3-2 with 18:56 remaining in the first half. Two key steals by Peter Hooley that turned into four points and Sam Rowley contributed with five points during the stretch to give UAlbany the one-point lead.
The Great Danes went on a 13-8 run to extend their lead to the largest of the game of six, 52-46, with 6:28 remaining in the game. Black began the run with a three and Rowley scored his final six of his team-best 15 points.
However, Quinnipiac charged back with a 13-5 run of its own, which included Azotam's jumper underneath the basket with 14 seconds remaining to grab the two-point lead.
The Great Dane's offense ran through Black for one last play, going to the left of the three-point line. Unfortunately, Black's shot would hit the back of the iron and fall short of the game-winner.
UAlbany looks to bounce back on Friday, Dec. 28 against Navy in Annapolis, Md. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.