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Men’s basketball pushes Hartford to closing seconds in 62-60 loss

Dickinson nets game-high 18 points, Ralling adds career-high 15 in setback

February 10, 2012


Men’s basketball pushes Hartford to closing seconds in 62-60 loss

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Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—Senior guard Andres Torres hit a pair of free throws with eight seconds and host Hartford (6-19, 6-7 AE) held off Binghamton (0-24, 0-12 AE) 62-60 Sunday afternoon from Chase Arena.

The Bearcats staged a furious rally in the closing two minutes, cutting an 11-point deficit to three with 12 seconds remaining. But after the Hawks had stumbled in their previous two attempts from the charity stripe, Torres sank both to seal the win. A three-pointer from junior guard Jimmy Gray with two seconds left brought BU to within two, but Hartford successfully inbounded the ball and the final two ticks wound off the clock. The Bearcats, who trailed by as many as 14 points in the second half, ended the game with a 13-4 run but came up just short in their bid to seize the team’s first win of the season.

“We did a great job today and came up just one play short at the end,” head coach Mark Macon said. “We received defensive contributions from some of our bench players and we were right there. I’m proud of our guys ... we just had a couple of turnovers and tough calls down the stretch but we played with a lot of heart.”

Freshman forward Ben Dickinson led the Bearcats with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Junior forward Javon Ralling added a career-high 15 points in 39 hard-played minutes. Dickinson scored 11 of his points in the second half and added team-highs of six rebounds and four assists. Ralling hit 7-of-13 from the field. Sophomore guard Robert Mansell added 10 points and Gray chipped in nine points (3-of-5 three-pointers).

Torres led three Hawks in double figures with 17 points. He and Ralling were selected as the America East Players of the Game.

Binghamton trailed 29-23 at the half but gave up a 13-5 run to open the second half. The Hawks kept control of the game until the final two minutes when BU staged its final surge.
         
Binghamton returns home to host UMBC on Wednesday. The Bearcats have drawn 3,200+ for each of their last two home games and are pushing to win the program’s ninth straight attendance crown. Binghamton is averaging a league-high 2,771 with three home games remaining on the slate. Albany (2,661) and Vermont (2,251) are close behind.

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