Albany Holds Off Brown, 57-50

Albany, N.Y. -  Albany connected on its last nine points at the free throw line, hitting 9-of-10, to hold off a late Brown comeback bid and earn a 57-50 win over the Bears at SEFCU Arena. Albany, ranked 24th in the latest Mid-Major poll, extended its record to 11-3 overall, while Brown falls to 4-7.

 

Brown trailed by as many as eight points in the second half, but pulled to within a point, 49-48, following a lay-up by junior forward Tucker Halpern with 3:00 left in the game. That's when the parade of free throws started for the Great Danes, with Luke Devlin leading the way by hitting all four of his free throws.

 

"I thought both teams did a good job defensively," said Brown head coach Mike Martin.  "The game came down to second chances, and Albany got to the foul line much more than we did."  Albany connected on 20-of-27 free throws for the game, while Brown converted 7-of-13 free throws.

 

Halpern, the hero of Friday's win over Providence, tried to rally the Bears by scoring 15 of his game high 18 points in the second half.  He connected on 7-of-12 field goals, including 4-of-7 from behind the three-point arc.

 

Brown senior guard Matt Sullivan also scored in double figures with 16 points. Sophomore Rafael Maia had seven points and a game high seven rebounds for the Bears.

 

Jacob Iati, who scored 12 of his team high 16 points in the second half, paced the Great Danes. Mike Black chipped in with 14 points and five assists for Albany, while Devlin netted 15 points, hitting 7-of-7 free throws.

 

Brown held the Great Danes to 32-percent shooting from the field (17-of-52), while hitting 19-of-51 of its field goal attempts (37-percent).

 

Fresh off its win over Providence, Brown opened an early 13-9 lead on a lay-up by Sullivan with 10:30 left in the opening half.

 

Both teams kept up the defensive pressure throughout the remainder of the first half that ended in a 19-19 stalemate.  Sullivan was the game's top scorer at intermission with nine points.

 

The second half opened at a frenetic pace with Albany opening up a 41-34 lead at the 10-minute mark. Albany's biggest lead came a few minutes later, 45-37, after a lay-up by Blake Metcalf.

 

Brown takes on cross-state rival Rhode Island on Friday, January 4, 2013 in its first game of the New Year.  Tip-off is 7 pm at the Ryan Center.