The Albany Great Danes defeated Vermont 53-49 to win the America East Tournament and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
It was a good one as Albany had to fight off a second half comeback by the Catamounts but Mike Black knocked down 14 points and the Great Danes prevailed.
It was a match up of the 4th and 2nd seed for the title and it was the 4th seeded Great Danes holding Vermont to a frustrating 1-14 effort from threes. Despite being out rebounded by a 34-20 margin, Albany's defense forced Vermont into 14 turnovers coming up with 10 steals. They were able to hit 9-13 from the free throw line to seal the victory.
Albany will enter the NCAA Tournament with a 24-10 record. The America East will be a one bid conference in 2013.
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