ALBANY, N.Y. -- Clancy Rugg went 6 of 8 from the field and finished with game-highs of 14 points and 10 rebounds as Vermont pulled away to beat Albany 50-43 Saturday night.
Trailing 33-22 with 11:35 to play, Albany went on a 17-5 run to take a 39-38 lead with 4:10 on the clock. Mike Black capped the run with a 3-pointer then a three-point play.
The Great Danes then went cold from the floor and the Catamounts pulled away with nine straight points- four from Clancy -- to go on top 49-37 with 30 seconds left.
Albany went 3:18 without a point until Black converted a free throw with 24 seconds remaining.
Black led the Great Danes with 13 points (16-6, 5-3).
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.