Men's Basketball Looks For Retribution Against Boston U. On Wednesday
THE STARTING FIVE
1. Retribution Game
The University at Albany heads east on Interstate-90 to visit conference-foe Boston University on Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Case Gym. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Terriers came to Albany on Jan. 23 and sqweeked out an 85-80 overtime win following two three-pointers in the final eight seconds of regulation by junior guard D.J Irving to force the contest into overtime. BU holds a 17-8 all-time series lead, having won the last eight games.
2. Batman and Robin Strike Again
The senior guard tandem of Mike Black (Batman) and Jacob Iati (Robin) combined for 32 points to pace UAlbany as they defeated the University of Hartford, 75-49, on Saturday, Feb. 16. Iati led all scorers with 18 points, shooting 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Black scored 14 points, shooting 3-of-6 from three range.
3. Fight for Tournament Seeding Begins
The Great Danes have four games remaining, three in conference, before closing out the regular season. The Terriers are not eligible for the America East tournament, leaving UAlbany (19-8, 8-5) sitting one game behind Vermont (16-9, 9-4) for the No. 2 seed. With the 2013 America East Conference hosted in SEFCU Arena, the Great Danes will look to capitalize on the home court advantage.
4. Depth Past Starting Five Brings Dane Dominance
UAlbany outscored Hartford, 23-11, in terms of bench points in last Saturday's home victory. Against UMBC earlier this month, DJ Evans stepped in for an injured Mike Black, scoring 12 points in 24 minutes. Again on Saturday, Evans showcased his talent, this time for an injured Peter Hooley. The freshman guard scored eight points, adding one assist. Sophomore forward Jayson Guerrier also added eight points off the bench, recording five rebounds. 16 of the team's 34 rebounds came from outside the starting five in the win.
5. Watching the Record Books
Jacob Iati now has 77 three-point makes this season. That puts him tied at third on the list for the single-season record in program's Division I history, alongside Todd Cetnar . The fifth-year guard trails only E.J. Gallup, 93, and Matthew Haggarty, 99, in terms of the record. Iati leads the Great Danes from behind the arc, shooting 41.6 percent (77-185).