The 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament got off to an exciting start on Tuesday night with the opening game between two 16-seeds in the Albany Great Danes and the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers. When it was all said and done, though, Albany were the ones who came out on top and will now advance in the South Region to play the top-seeded Florida Gators on Thursday, defeating Mount St. Mary’s 71-64.
Albany nearly wasn’t so lucky. They started off the game hot, jumping right out of the gate on a 21-2 run, making it look as if things were going to get very ugly, very fast.
But, Mount St. Mary’s quickly regrouped, starting hitting the three ball, and got themselves back in the action, and that’s the way it stayed until right down the stretch.
DJ Evans was phenomenal for Albany in this one, finishing up the game with 22 points, nine rebounds and three assists. At times throughout the game, the young man just would not be denied.
It was a resilient win for Albany, but again, now they have to shake this joy off as quickly as they can, and focus now on the overall top-seed Florida Gators who are now awaiting their arrival.