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Events Center crowning moment revealed
January 29, 2014
Contact: John Hartrick (email@example.com)
VESTAL, N.Y. - This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Binghamton’s Events Center, which opened in 2004 and has been a source of pride for the University and Greater Binghamton area ever since. The 156,000-square-foot, multi-purpose complex, one of the finest of its kind in the entire Northeast, has come to define the University’s commitment to NCAA Division I athletics.
During the past 10 years, it has also served as the host venue for countless championships, concerts, shows, festivals, community events and emergency shelter efforts. It’s state-of-the-art design and amenities have drawn praise from fans, visitors and building tenants alike.
To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the arena’s inaugural event (men’s basketball vs. Hartford on Jan. 31, 2004), we offer this look at the Top-10 Sports Moments in Events Center History as voted on by the athletics communications office. The positions will be unveiled throughout the weeks leading up to the men’s anniversary game against UMBC on Jan. 29.
Check out BU’s social media pages (links above) for the countdown as we move towards the all-time greatest moment, which will be revealed on Monday, January 27.
Top-10 Sports Moments in Events Center History
No. 10 February 7, 2004
Women’s basketball plays its first-ever game at the arena in front of 2,464 fans. Binghamton loses to league-leading Maine 64-43. Sophomore guard Rachel Laws scores game-high 15 points in front of then-record crowd.
No. 9 - February 27, 2005
In his final home game, 7-foot center Nick Billings leads men’s basketball to a 65-48 stomping of a 20-win Boston University team in front of 4,118 roaring fans. On Senior Day, fan-favorite Billings sends the crowd into a frenzy with his first collegiate three-pointer in the game’s closing minute and the Bearcats beat the America East-power Terriers for the first time in eight tries.
No. 8 - January 15, 2012
In the first-ever wrestling dual held in the arena and first televised home match (Time Warner Cable), No. 24 Binghamton splits 10 bouts with No. 5 Cornell in front of an estimated 1,200 fans before the Big Red are awarded the 22-21 win on tiebreaking criteria (total points scored). BU’s trio of ranked wrestlers: Donnie Vinson, Justin Lister and Nick Gwiazdowski, all win by big margins and the Bearcats nearly pull out the upset as Gwiazdowski needed one more takedown in his commanding 15-3 win but ran out of time.
No. 7 - March 6, 2005
A capacity crowd of 5,003, including nearly 800 BU students, has the floor vibrating during this America East men’s semifinal between the fifth-seeded Bearcats and top-seeded Vermont. Binghamton leads for most of the first half before the Catamounts’ dynamic duo of Taylor Coppenrath (34 pts.) and T.J. Sorrentine (25 pts.) takes over and produces a 76-65 win. Senior center Alex Adediran and junior guard Andre Heard combine for 41 points against the team that would go on to stun fourth-seeded Syracuse in the NCAA tournament.
No. 6 - March 9, 2007
Binghamton hosts the 2007 America East women’s basketball tournament and the Bearcats turn in a historic comeback in a 63-58 win over Boston University in the quarterfinal round. The Bearcats trail 29-12 in the first half but the 17-point deficit eventually set the program record for their largest come-from-behind win during the team’s Division I era.
No. 5 - January 31, 2007
Junior point guard Mike Gordon throws an inbounds pass off a defender’s back and releases the game-winning layup as the horn expires to give men’s basketball a stunning 66-65 win over visiting Stony Brook in front of 3,121. On the three-year anniversary of the inaugural game, Gordon throws the ball off the back of a Stony Brook defender under the bucket with 0.6 remaining, catches the carom and releases the winning layup at the buzzer. The play is rated No. 6 on ESPN’s “Top Plays” for the night. Senior guard Troy Hailey scores 19 points to become the first BU Division I player to eclipse the 1,000-point scoring mark.
No. 4 - March 5, 2005
Men’s basketball defeats fourth-seeded Albany 76-70 in the America East quarterfinals – the program’s first Division I postseason win. Hosting the conference tournament for the first time, fifth-seeded BU draws a capacity crowd of 5,222 and receives a game-high 19 points from sophomore guard Troy Hailey.
No. 3 - January 31, 2004
Men’s basketball defeats Hartford 75-68 in inaugural game. A sellout crowd of 4,660 (200 SRO on concourse, more than 1,200 students) watches as senior guard Brandon Carter scores 24 of his game-high 27 points in the second half. The building draws rave revues from the community and media alike.
No. 2 February 26, 2009
In the regular-season finale televised on TWC, men’s basketball clinches the top seed for the America East tournament with a 71-51 win over defending champion UMBC in front of a sellout 5,222. Binghamton puts five players in double figures and clinches the school’s first conference regular-season title in 63 years of basketball, assuring itself of a national postseason bid. Senior forward Reggie Fuller contributes 12 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks.
No. 1 March 14, 2009
Men’s basketball defeats UMBC 61-51 in America East championship game on ESPN2 to capture program’s first-ever NCAA berth at any divisional level. The sellout crowd of 5,342 is a school-record and the second-largest in the league’s 30-year championship history. Senior forward Reggie Fuller records a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds and BU extends its win streak to 11 games, the longest win streak in the nation at the time.