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D.J. Evans scores 22 points, hits late free throws to push Albany past Mount St. Mary's 71-64

03/18/2014, 9:10pm EDT
Albany defeats St. Mary's 71-64 in NCAA play-in game

Albany guard DJ Evans (3) drives against Mount St. Mary's guard Julian Norfleet in the first half.

DAYTON, Ohio — 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 tonight 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.

Will Miller led The Mount with 21, all on 3s.

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