Men’s Basketball Drops Close Regular-Season Finale Contest To Stony Brook, 75-70
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The University at Albany's dynamic duo of Mike Black and Jacob Iati each scored 17 points but fell short to Stony Brook, 75-70, on Sunday, March 3 at Pritchard Gym. UAlbany will be the number four seed in the America East Conference Tournament and will face the number five seed, Maine, on Saturday, March 9 at SEFCU Arena at 8:30 p.m.
Iati and Black each scored a game-high 17 points, combining for 10-of-19 shooting from the floor, three rebounds, and four assists. Sophomore forward Sam Rowley also hit double-figures with 10 points, three rebounds, and three assists.
Despite 19 turnovers, the Great Danes shot a game-high 56.5 percent (26-46) from the floor. The Danes also outrebounded the Seawolves, 26-22.
UAlbany (21-10, 9-7 America East) opened the second half with an offensive bang, going on a 12-2 run and put its lead to 10, 46-36, with 17:00 minutes left. Rowley started the run with four points and an assist. Black finished the run with a three at the top of the key and followed with an old-fashioned three-point play.
Seconds after the Great Dane run, Stony Brook (23-6, 14-2 America East) came back with its own 8-0 run to cut the deficit to two, 46-44, with 14:11 remaining. The Seawolves' Carson Puriefoy led the charge with four points.
Puriefoy tied the game twice over the next six minutes, first with a three-pointer then with a layup off of a steal from Tommy Brenton.
Then with UAlbany down one, junior forward Luke Devlin grabbed an offensive rebound and found teammate Black down low, who got fouled driving to the basket. Black hit both of his free throws which put the Great Danes in the lead, 65-64, with 4:17 remaining in the contest.
Seconds after both of Black's free throws, the Seawolves' Ron Bracey hit a crucial jumper to put his team back up, 66-65, with 4:02 remaining.
UAlbany put the game within one, 68-67, following two made free-throws by Iati with just 2:09 left in the game.
Stony Brook, however, held UAlbany to three points in the final minutes of the contest and shoot a perfect six-of-six from the charity stripe to record its 23rd win of the season.
Back-and-forth both UAlbany and Stony Brook played in the first half, as the score was even at 34 through 20 minutes. The Great Danes' Iati paced all scorers at the half with nine points, shooting 3-of-5 from behind the arc. UAlbany shot 57 percent (13-23) from the field and holding Stony Brook to 42 percent (10-24).