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UNH shooting barrage overtakes men’s basketball 68-56
Reed pours in game-highs of 24 points, 16 rebounds, leads AE in both stats
February 23, 2013
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DURHAM, N.H. – Host New Hampshire (8-18, 4-10 AE) used a barrage of three-pointers midway through the second half to overtake Binghamton (3-24, 1-13 AE) 68-56 in an America East men’s basketball game Saturday evening at Lundholm Gym.
The host Wildcats outscored BU 42-22 in the pivotal second half and despite missing 15 free throws, made 6-of-8 in the final 1:55 to seal the win. Binghamton hit just 8-of-24 in the second half (33%), including 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. New Hampshire enjoyed a 23-11 disparity in fouls called.
Shining brightly in the loss was freshman guard Jordan Reed, bidding to make history as the season winds down. Reed extended his lead in the America East scoring and rebounding categories with game-highs of 24 points and 16 rebounds. No freshman has ever led both categories in the league’s 34-year history. Over his last five games, Reed is averaging 20.2 points and 12.6 rebounds.
New Hampshire struck for five three-pointers in a 3:06 span and turned a 40-33 deficit into a double-digit lead thanks to a 24-6 run. Binghamton led by as many as 11 points in the first half and took an eight-point cushion into the break. But with BU ahead 40-33 five minutes into the second half, UNH made a sudden surge. Forward Patrick Konan nailed three threes in a 1:22 span and guard Scott Morris drilled two more in a 47-second span to stretch the hosts’ lead to 57-46 with 5:38 left.
“I thought we didn’t take care of the backboards in the second half and that was the difference,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “Konan hit some big shots but we didn’t keep our energy up in the second half. We couldn’t sustain the effort we had in the first half. The halftime hurt us because I thought it took us out of our rhythm. We had great energy and were getting out in transition. In the second half we didn’t rebound as well, which hurt us offensively ... but you have to credit New Hampshire for that.”
Reed continued to put up huge numbers with game-highs of 24 points and 16 rebounds. He registered his fourth straight double-double and league-leading 12th of the season. He hit 9-of-19 from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, and hauled in 14 defensive rebounds. Reed also added a season-high five assists.
Junior center Brian Freeman had 14 points and six boards and senior guard Jimmy Gray chipped in 10 points.
Gray put a temporary halt on UNH’s second-half run by hitting a three-pointer that gave the Bearcats a 43-38 lead with 12:19 remaining. But Konan caught fire and five minutes later, BU was looking at a six-point deficit.
In the first half, Reed led a sharp-shooting BU showing with 16 points. The Bearcats trailed 9-4 early before using a 26-10 run spanning the middle of the period to forge ahead. With Reed netting nine points in the game’s first 11 minutes and Freeman contributing on the inside, BU led by as many as 11 points before taking a 34-26 margin into intermission.
Reed hit 7-of-10 from the floor, including 2-of-3 three-pointers, and the freshman sensation added seven rebounds and three assists in the opening frame. Freeman chipped in eight points and the Bearcats shot 54 percent in the team’s most efficient first half of the season.
Binghamton returns home to host Vermont on Senior Night on Thursday at the Events Center.
Reed and Konan (18 pts., 8 rebs.) were named the America East Players of the Game … Reed raised his conference-leading scoring average to 16.8 and his rebound average to 9.5, also tops in the league. He also broke the school’s freshman scoring mark set by Ben Dickinson last season (405 pts.) and now owns the freshman scoring (421+) and rebounding (237+) records … He ranks 17th in the country in double-doubles and is fourth among freshmen in rebounding and eighth in scoring. He is the only player 6-foot-4 or smaller to be among the nation’s top-70 rebounders.