Brown falls to Albany 80-76

brown

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Marqueese Grayson and Joe Cremo combined to score 39 points — including nine in the final 37 seconds — and Albany overcame an 11-point, second-have deficit to beat Brown 80-76 in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Sunday night.

Grayson hit three 3-pointers and finished with 21 points while Cremo made 10 of 10 foul shots and scored 18. Greig Stire added 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Grayson’s 3 with 37 seconds left stopped a 7-0 run by Brown and gave the Great Danes (3-2) a 74-69 lead. Tavon Blackmon and Obi Okolie made layups for the Bears, but Cremo hit two free throws after each to make it 78-73 with 15 seconds to go. Okolie hit a 3-pointer 10 seconds later, but Grayson made two free throws to seal it.

Steven Spieth scored 25 — his fourth-consecutive game with 20-plus points — for Brown (1-4).

Albany committed 11 first-half turnovers as the Bears took a 39-30 lead into the break and Joshua Howard’s layup with 16:01 remaining gave Brown a 47-36 lead. But Albany scored 19 of the next 20 points and Brown didn’t make another field goal until Okolie’s layup more than 12 minutes later.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.