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UAlbany vs. UMass-Lowell: River Hawks down Danes in OT, 70-66

Thursday, January 16, 2014
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— UMass-Lowell may be a first-year member of the America East Conference, but the River Hawks are quickly learning how to knock off the top dogs in the league.

Akeem Williams scored 20 points, including three free throws late in overtime, and had eight assists as the River Hawks stunned the defending champion Great Danes, 70-66, on Wednesday.

The Great Danes played without leading scorer Peter Hooley.

The teams were tied at 63-63 with 2:58 left in overtime after Gary Johnson’s layup for the Danes. UMass-Lowell (4-11, 3-1 America East) then got a layup and free throw from Kerry Weldon and single free throws from DJ Mlachnik and Williams to go up by five with 23 seconds left.

Senior point guard DJ Evans drilled a trey for UAlbany (8-9, 2-2) with 15 seconds to cut it to two. Johnson missed a three-pointer, and Williams then made a pair of free throws with four seconds left to ice the win for the River Hawks.

Weldon finished with 13 points and nine rebounds for UMass-Lowell, while Antonio Bivins added 12.

Johnson, Evans and Sam Rowley all had 13 points for UAlbany, and Ede Egharevba added 12.

The Great Danes, who have lost two straight league matchups, travel to Maine on Saturday.

UALBANY (66 )

S. Rowley 6-12 1-3 13, Egharevba 4-11 3-4 12, Johnson 4-11 5-6 13, Puk 3-5 3-4 9, Evans 4-9 4-6 13, Shengelia 0-0 1-2 1, Haas 1-6 0-0 3, M. Rowley 0-0 0-0 0, Wiegmann 1-3 0-2 2. Totals 23-57 17-27 66.

UMASS.-LOWELL (70)

Weldon 5-6 3-7 13, Livingston 2-7 0-0 6, Holley 3-9 2-2 9, Williams 6-15 4-6 20, Mlachnik 2-5 3-4 7, Taylor 0-2 0-0 0, Bivins 5-10 2-3 12, Cornelius 1-5 0-0 3, Massey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-60 14-22 70.

Halftime: Albany, 32-26. End of regulation: UAlbany 59, UMass-Lowell 59. Three-point goals: Albany 3-18 (Evans 1-4, Egharevba 1-5, Haas 1-5, Wiegmann 0-1, S. Rowley 0-1, Johnson 0-2), UMass.-Lowell 8-25 (Williams 4-8, Livingston 2-7, Cornelius 1-2, Holley 1-4, Taylor 0-1, Mlachnik 0-3). Fouled out: Livingston, Puk. Rebounds: Alb­any 45 (Egharevba 9), UMass.-Lowell 33 (Weldon 9). Assists: Albany 12 (Evans 6), UMass.-Lowell 15 (Williams 8). Total fouls: Albany 20, UMass.-Lowell 22. Technical foul: Egharevba. Attendance: 243.

 
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