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The tremendous comeback bid put together by Mount St. Mary's came up inches short as Albany squeezed out a 71-64 victory at University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
Mountaineers guard Rashad Whack, who was 4-of-17 from the field, saw his three-pointer roll off the front of the rim and out with 33 seconds left.
Instead of Whack's triple tying the game, the Mountaineers were forced to foul and the Great Danes hit a few free throws to earn their first-ever NCAA tournament win.
The first half saw a pair of 21-2 runs put together by each team as Albany got off to a hot start before the Mountaineers climbed back through some terrific shooting by Will Miller.
Miller made seven of his 12 attempted threes on his way to 21 points, but it was not enough for The Mount to advance.
Top Performer: DJ Evans, G, Albany
Evans, who was a reserve just a year ago, led all scorers with 22 points and made all five of his free throws.
Evans also contributed nine rebounds, not allowing his 5'9" height to affect him on the boards.
X-Factor: Sam Rowley, F, Albany
Rowley was a force on the glass as he snagged 13 boards, 12 of which came on the defensive end.
The rebounding performance made up for the seven turnovers that Rowley committed throughout his 37 minutes on the court.
Next Round: The Great Danes, and their terrible purple-and-yellow jerseys, will make the trip down to Orlando for a Thursday game against the No. 1 Florida Gators in the South Region.
Updated by Joe Tansey