DAYTON, Ohio — .J. Evans is charitably listed at 5-foot-9. His coach and teammates tease him that he looks a foot shorter.
Yet he stood awfully tall for Albany on Tuesday night.
Evans scored 22 points, including two clinching free throws with 12.6 seconds left, to lead the Great Danes to their first NCAA tournament victory, 71-64 over Mount St. Mary's in the First Four.
Evans, an often overlooked component in Albany's lineup, belied his height with nine rebounds to go with three assists.
“He's about 4-foot-8, so he's really impressive,” laughed his running mate at guard, Peter Hooley, who had 20 points. “I don't think there's another 4-8 guard who could go in there...