BURLINGTON, Vt. – Mike Black scored 14 points and Albany came back from an early deficit to beat Vermont 53-49 in the America East championship game on Saturday and earn its third trip to the NCAA tournament.
Luke Devlin added 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting as the Great Danes (24-10) ended an eight-game losing streak to the Catamounts (21-11). Jacob Iati hit a pair of 3-point shots in the final three minutes to seal the win.
Trey Blue and Clancy Rugg each had 10 points to lead Vermont, which was denied its sixth trip to the NCAAs in the past 11 years.
During the regular season, Albany was beaten 70-45 and 50-43 by Vermont in its two lowest-scoring games of the year. But Albany came through on the road to beat the Catamounts for the third time in as many tries in the league title game.