UAlbany Falls To Boston U, Cannot Win America East Regular Season Title
After a 79-69 loss at Boston University on Wednesday night, the Great Danes can no longer mathematically win the America East Conference.
A 3-5 late season slide has left Will Brown's ball club in the middle of the pack in a conference they not long ago led. With the remaining three games they will try and hold off Hartford and Maine and secure the 4th spot for the conference tournament.
(Ed. Note: Boston University has been eliminated from America East Tournament play in all sports, due to their decision to move to the Patriot League. UAlbany is playing for fourth place in the regular season standings, which would translate to the third seed in the conference tournament.)
Mike Black led the Danes in Boston with 21 points. Sam Rowley chipped in 18 but it wasn't enough. Boston led by two at the half and then had to stunt a late Great Dane rally from a 10 point deficit to hold on for the win.
D.J. Irving of the Terriers, who killed the Great Danes when they met in Albany earlier this year, was the go to guy again with his 18 points. John Papale also had 18.
As opposed to the late season swoon by UAlbany, Boston has been surging, now having won five straight and eight of their last nine. The Terriers have rallied to save their season after an ugly 0-5 start to the season.
UAlbany will next play their BracketBusters game against non-conference foe Fairfield this coming Saturday. The Stags will host the contest. Tip off will be at 1:00 p.m.
(Ed. Note #2: The loss drops UAlbany to 0-13 in their last 13 games against America East foes Stony Brook, Vermont, and Boston U.)