Evans scores 22, hits clutch FTs to lift Albany

Evans scores 22, hits clutch FTs to lift Albany

MARCH MADNESS: Albany guard Peter Hooley, center, celebrates with guard D.J. Evans, left, and forward Gary Johnson after Albany defeated Mount St. Mary's 71-64 in a first-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Tuesday, March 18, in Dayton, Ohio. Photo: Associated Press/Skip Peterson

RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — D.J. Evans scored 22 points, including two clinching free throws with 12.6 seconds left, to lead Albany to its first NCAA tournament victory, 71-64 over Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday night in the First Four.

The Great Danes (19-14) advance to meet overall No. 1 seed and top-ranked Florida on Thursday in Orlando.

It was a wild game of incredible turnarounds, with the Great Danes bolting to leads of 13-0 and 21-2, only to have The Mount (16-17) bounce back with a 21-2 run of its own to pull even.

Peter Hooley had 20 points and Gary Johnson 13 for Albany, winless in its three previous NCAA trips.

Will Miller led The Mount with 21, all on 3s.


North Carolina State led most of the way in a 74-59 victory over Xavier in the NCAA tournament’s First Four in Dayton, Ohio last night.

T.J. Warren scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half for N.C. State.

Center Matt Stainbrook led Xavier with 19 points and nine rebounds despite an injured left knee.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Foul Play Not Suspected in Death of Southern Illinois Woman

jeannie schuur

Authorities in southern Illinois say foul play is not suspected in the death of a 22-year-old Murphysboro woman whose body…

in Local

Prosecutors: Man Eyed Targets After Brother Shot

corey morgan

Investigators say a Chicago man suspected in the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy went looking for targets after his brother was killed during a months-long gang feud.

in Local

Lawyers for Schock Say Documents Handed Over to Prosecutors

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Attorneys for former Illinois congressman Aaron Schock say they have reached an agreement with federal prosecutors on documents currently under review by a federal judge.

in Local

Senate Democratic Candidates Seek Backing From Big Names

Tammy Duckworth

Some powerful Democrats in Illinois are backing different candidates in the party’s U.S. Senate primary.

in Local

Man Killed After Shooting Inside Home


Incident happened around 3:30am on East Brown.