UAlbany men’s basketball comes up with 61-57 upset at Boston College

University at Albany men's basketball head coach Dwayne Killings' team defeated Boston College 61-57.
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University at Albany men's basketball head coach Dwayne Killings' team defeated Boston College 61-57.

UAlbany guard Jamel Horton is listed at 6-foot-4.

Boston College center Quinten Post is a seven-footer.

But Horton was able to knock down a big three-pointer over Post in the waning moments, and with that, the small-conference Great Danes of the America East knocked off a Power Five opponent on Monday night.

UAlbany proved to be a pesky opponent for their hosts from the ACC all night and walked out of Conte Forum with a 61-57 victory that represented the Great Danes’ first over a Power Five school in over five years. UAlbany defeated Penn State of the Big Ten on Nov. 11, 2016.

The Great Danes (3-7) won back-to-back games for the first time in the tenure of new head coach Dwayne Killings, and did so against a team that had not lost in six home games this season.

De’Vondre Perry (16 points) and Matt Cerruti (14) did most of the damage on offense for UAlbany, but it was Horton’s three-pointer with 36.1 seconds left that kept the Great Danes in a position for the upset.

Trailing 54-44 with 5:38 left, Boston College (6-5) went on a 12-4 run to pull within 58-56 on Post’s layup off a baseline inbounds lob pass from Jaeden Zackery with 1:15 left.

Horton, who finished with just five points, found himself with the ball and the shot clock winding down, so he hoisted a three over Post at the buzzer, and it went in.

The Eagles’ T.J. Bickerstaff made one of two from the free throw line with 30.4 seconds left, and Boston College came up with a steal while pressing, but Perry swooped in to block a layup attempt by Zackery.

UAlbany turned it over again with 10.6 seconds left, but Zackery missed a drive with :05.6 on the clock.

Zackery led the Eagles with 15 points, and Post scored 13.

The Great Danes won despite being outrebounded 41-26 and attempting just four free throws.

UAlbany made 46.3% from the field, bolstered by an 8-for-16 performance from three-point range. Cerruti made four of seven threes, and Perry was 7-for-11 on field goals and made two of three from three-point range.

The game was set up as a guarantee — or “buy” — game, an arrangement by which schools from the big conferences entice programs from small conferences to play road games that are typically won by the home team.

According to UAlbany deputy athletic director Vic Cegles, UAlbany received $70,000 to play at Boston College.

The Great Danes were coming off a 60-59 home win over Columbia.

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