Recap: Albany vs. Maine
Albany, NY (Sports Network) - Sam Rowley scored 19 points and hit a critical jumper in the final seconds as the fourth-seed Albany Great Danes beat the fifth-seed Maine Black Bears, 50-49, in the first round of the America East Tournament at SEFCUA Arena.
Jaco Iati added 11 points for Albany (22-10) which moves on to face top-seed Stony Brook in Sunday's semifinals.
Justin Edwards scored 18 points and Xavier Pollard tallied 13 for Maine (11-19).
It was Maine that led 33-24 at halftime after shooting 58.3 percent from the field while holding Albany to just 32.1 percent.
The Great Danes fought back and tied the game at 48-48 with just over a minute to play. Mike Allison split a pair of free throw attempts on the Black Bears' next possession. The Great Danes took over with 32 seconds remaining and eventually Rowley got a shot to fall and give them the lead. Edwards had a shot go off the mark in the final seconds to give the win to Albany.
Albany outscored the Black Bears, 13-4, from the free-throw line.Game Notes