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Danes pulled major upset

I've been covering UAlbany basketball for 37 years, and I've seen some great accomplishments for the Great Danes.

Unfortunately, I didn't get an opportunity to watch one of their biggest victories in the Division I era when they knocked off Washington of the Pac-12 in Seattle's Alaska Airlines Arena late Tuesday night.

I was in the office, and we scrambled to get the game in the paper on deadline since it was a 9:30 p.m. start. I followed the game, between other duties, online and couldn't believe they were still hanging in against the much taller Huskies.

From what I read, Mike Black and Jacob Iati were sensational. Black's layup with three seconds left won the game, and he finished with 22 points. Iati added 20 points, including six three-pointers. John Puk added a couple of crucial late buckets, while Sam Rowley and Peter Hooley also made key contributions late in the game with some important steals and passes.

Will Brown says this is the biggest win for the program in his 12 years as head coach. In terms of power ratings, he is probably right.

UAlbany now is 2-1 with victories over an Atlantic-10 (Duquesne) and a Pac-12 foe. Plus, the Great Danes were competitive in the first half with fourth-ranked Ohio State of the Big Ten before the Buckeyes' late run carried them to an 82-60 win.

Not a bad start for UAlbany, especially considering their tough travel schedule.

Now, it's off to Mohegan Sun Casino for two more Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament games Saturday and Sunday.

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