Akwasi Yeboah scored 18 points and grabbed four rebounds and Junior Saintel had 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks as No. 5 seed Stony Brook defeated host and No. 4 Albany, 69-60, in the quarterfinals of the America East men’s basketball tournament Saturday night.
A Devonte Campbell layup got Albany (22-10) to within 55-54 with 4:38 remaining in the game but Stony Brook responded with a Yeboah layup and two baskets from Jakub Petras to extend its lead.
The Seawolves (13-18) never trailed in the game and took their largest lead at 47-33 after Yeboah hit a three-pointer with 13:45 remaining.
“We knew it was going to be a tough battle for 40 minutes,” SBU coach Jeff Boals said. “We talk a lot about toughness and rebounding when you play an Albany team. We’ve been playing really good basketball, our defense has been at a high level, and I’m really proud of our guys for the effort they put forth tonight.”
Stony Brook will play No. 1 Vermont at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Burlington in a semifinal. The Catamounts (26-6) topped Maine, 75-60, on Saturday night in Burlington.
The Seawolves are making their ninth straight appearance in the semifinals.
Stony Brook has dropped its last four meetings with Vermont after defeating the Catamounts in the 2016 championship game.