UAlbany Blows Six Point Lead In Final Seconds, Loses To Boston University In Overtime
Think Reggie Miller. Scary thought. It was Reggie who buried back to back 3's in mere seconds to send the NY Knicks to a bitter playoff defeat some time ago. This time, in a much smaller gym, with smaller stakes, in a smaller city, history sort of repeated itself as Boston University rallied from 6 down in the last 9 seconds to force over time and then go on to defeat the Great Danes 85-80 at the SEFCU Wednesday night.
As described by 1045 The Teams Jay Sanin on his facebook page " A choke job."
Here is the way the final seconds of regulation unfolded. Down 6, Boston's D.J. Irving buried a 3 ball with 9 seconds left to slice UAlbany's lead to 63-60. Then calamity really struck. The usually reliable if not solid Mike Black turned the ball over with 6 ticks left and boom Irving nailed another 3 ball and the game was tied after 40 minutes.
Mike Black and Peter Hooley were the only scorers for the Danes in the OT when they were outscored 19-14. John Papale of Boston scored 11 alone in the OT.
Despite his late game heroics Irving finished 2nd on the score sheet for BU with 20 points. The Terriers were led by Maurice Watson Jr with 21 points.
4 UAlbany starters scored double digits led by Black with 20 points. Boston hasn't lost to UAlbany since January of 2009.
The loss is a killer for the Great Danes in many ways. It drops them into a 2nd place tie in the America East with Vermont. Stony Brook won on Wednesday so they jump ahead of both by half game. Also Boston was looked at by some as the easiest of the next 3 games at home. Vermont and Stony Brook come to town in the next 6 days, starting with Vermont on Saturday.