Hutcheson made a 3-pointer to tie the game at 60 with 9 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the second half. The bucket began a series in which the game was also tied at 62, 64, 66, 69, 71 and 73.
Hutcheson made another 3-pointer to put Albany ahead 76-73 then Niagara’s James Towns missed a 3-pointer with 1:35 to go. On Albany’s ensuing possession Niagara’s Nicholas Kratholm fouled De Sousa at the rim and Towns was assessed a technical for flopping on De Sousa’s drive to the basket. Healy made the technical free throw, De Sousa made both free throws for the personal foul and Albany led 79-73 with 59 seconds left to put the game in hand.
It was the 300th career victory for Albany coach Will Brown, who is in his 19th season with the Great Danes.