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Albany advances in NCAA tourney

2014-03-18T21:00:00Z 2014-03-18T21:31:02Z Albany advances in NCAA tourneyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 18, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

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.

Hooley, one of three Australians on the Albany roster, hit two free throws with 2:43 remaining to stretch the lead to 65-62. After Julian Norfleet countered with a bucket, Hooley again pounded his way to the basket and lofted a shot over a defender for a 67-64 lead at the 2-minute mark.

It stayed that way with the teams missing big shots. Rashad Whack and Norfleet each missed potential tying 3s before Evans was fouled with 12.6 seconds left and hit both shots to increase the lead to five points.

Norfleet then missed another 3 and Albany finally could call itself an NCAA winner.

Will Miller led The Mount with 21, all on 3s. He didn't get a shot off in the last 3:32.

NIT

Georgetown 77, West Virginia 65: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had a season-high 32 points and 10 rebounds, and Georgetown topped West Virginia in a cozy matchup of former conference rivals.

Markel Starks added 14 points, and Jabril Trawick scored 12 for the Hoyas (18-14), who pulled away in the second half in the cramped confines of Georgetown's 2,500-seat practice gym. The game was played on campus because the circus is in town, occupying the Hoyas' usual home court, the Verizon Center.

Juwan Staten scored 23 points to lead the Mountaineers (17-16), who had a five-game winning streak over the Hoyas come to an end. The schools hadn't met since West Virginia left the Big East to join the BIG 12 in 2012.

Robert Morris 89, St. John's 79: Karvel Anderson scored 38 points and Lucky Jones added 25 to help Robert Morris beat St. John's in the first round.

Robert Morris improved to 22-13 and will play either Green Bay or Belmont in the second round.

Jamal Branch scored 22 points to lead the Red Storm (21-13).

The Colonials, who beat Kentucky in the first round of the NIT last year, never trailed in the first matchup between the Northeast Conference and Big East Conference programs. Robert Morris led by as much as 25 in the first half and had a 49-27 advantage at halftime.

Florida State 58, Florida Gulf Coast 53: Aaron Thomas scored 22 points as top-seeded Florida State opened with a win against Florida Gulf Coast, last year's NCAA tournament darlings.

Thomas carried the Seminoles in the second half, scoring 14 consecutive points during one stretch.

Bernard Thompson led the Eagles with 16 points and Jamail Jones chipped in 11.

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