Jacob Iati's career night leads UAlbany
Iati scored a career-high 26 points, despite being nagged by a sore right calf and Achilles, as the University at Albany downed Navy, 71-61, at Alumni Hall.
The Great Danes (10-3) have now won 10 non-conference games for the first time in the program’s 14-year Division I history.
“Any time you win on the road, you take it and move on to the next one,” said UAlbany coach Will Brown.
Iati was coming off of a season-low scoring peroframance, finishing with just five points in the team’s loss against Quinnipiac before Christmas. He bounced back strong, with a large contingent of his friends and family in the crowd, making the trip from nearby York, Pa.
“Anytime we’re in the state of Maryland, Iati’s going to play well,” said Brown.
Iati, one of the nation’s leaders in 3-pointers made, knocked down six treys and helped carry the UAlbany offense.
The Midshipmen (6-8) kept it close and when Brandon Venturini hit a 3-pointer, with eight minutes to play, the lead was trimmed to eight, 51-43.
Iati responded with a 3-pointer of his own and then junior Luke Devlin knocked down a triple to put the Great Danes back up by 10, 57-47.
“The one good thing is Navy plays extremely hard and physical and they play well in this building,” Brown said. “I’m proud of my guys.”
Iati’s two free throws in the final minute gave him a career-high. His previous high of 24 came against the University of Missouri-Kansas City, earlier this season.
UAlbany got a great contribution from Devlin, who finished with a season-high 13 points.
“It was nice,” Brown said. “We got the old Luke tonight. He played terrific and I couldn’t be happier for a better kid.”
The Great Danes also got six points off the bench from Chris Page.
“I thought Chris did a good job,” Brown said. “This was the perfect opportunity to get him some minutes.”
Tilman Dunbar led Navy with 17 points.
UAlbany closes out the non-conference portion of the schedule, besides the BracketBusters game, when they host Brown on New Year’s Eve at 4 p.m.