UAlbany Falls on the Road to BU, 79 - 69

Posted at: 02/20/2013 10:44 PM
By: WNYT Sports & UAlbany Athletics

BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore forward Sam Rowley’s 18 points and eight rebound performance was not enough, as the University at Albany fell to Boston University, 79-69, on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at the Case Gym. The Great Danes look ahead to their BracketBuster game against Fairfield on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Bridgeport, Conn. with tip-off slated for 1 p.m.

Senior guard Mike Black led all scorers with his eight 20-point performance of the season of 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the floor and 6-of-9 from the free-throw line.  Rowley continues to play well in conference play, cashing in 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and one block.

The Great Danes outrebounded the Terriers, 38-25, but the stat of the night was shooting from behind the arc. BU recorded 10 three-pointers on 25 attempts, while UAlbany only hit three three-pointers on 15 attempts.

The Terriers tallied four players in double-figures with Maurice Watson Jr. orchestrating the offense, recording a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists. DJ Irving and John Papale each had a team-best 18 points, combining for an eye-popping 8-of-14 from three-point land.

Boston U. (16-11, 10-4 America East) had the largest lead in the first half of eight, 30-22, with 3:08 remaining. The Terriers obtained the lead by shooting an efficient 6-of-14 from behind the arc, which was led by Irving’s first three-pointers of the contest.

With the deficit at eight, UAlbany (19-9, 8-6 America East) used its free-throw shooting to get back into the contest. The Great Danes shot a perfect 8-of-8 in the final four minutes and found inside scoring from John Puk to cut the deficit to just two, 32-30, to end the half.

The Terriers opened up the second half on a 15-6 run to extend their lead to 11, 47-36, with 15:49 left in the game. The stretch was started with an 8-0 run led by Papale and Watson Jr. tallying four points apiece. Papale capped the run with a three-pointer from the top of the key.

The Great Danes cut the deficit to six, 55-49, with 10:49 remaining. Jayson Guerrier knocked down a three at the peak to put the Danes in sight.

UAlbany fought in the next four minutes, trading baskets with BU and bringing the deficit down to five twice with layups by Rowley and Black.

However, the Terriers brought their lead to double-digits for the final two minutes of the contest and not allow the Great Danes to get back in.