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Men’s basketball comes up short against Maine 64-60
Reed produces season-high 29 points, 17 rebs. but Black Bears hold on down stretch
February 15, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Sophomore guard Zarko Valjarevic scored 25 points and Maine (11-15, 6-7 America East) sank just enough free throws in the final two minutes to hold off Binghamton (3-23, 1-12 AE) 64-60 in front of 3,362 Saturday night at the Events Center. The loss overshadowed a huge performance from BU freshman guard Jordan Reed, who produced game-highs of 29 points and 17 rebounds.
The Black Bears built a 13-point halftime lead and didn’t allow Binghamton closer than four in the second half, despite an onslaught from Reed, who put up 26 points and 11 rebounds in the final 20 minutes alone. Reed, who ranked second in the nation (among guards) in double-doubles entering the evening, recorded his third straight and conference-best 11th of the season. His 29 points were a season-high and the rebound total, which included a BU-record 10 on the offensive glass, was one shy of his own school record, set back in November against St. Peter’s (18 rebs.).
But the Bearcats shot only 30 percent for the game and dug themselves a double-digit halftime hole for the third straight game after hitting just 7-of-33 attempts in the opening frame (4-of-23 to start). Reed shook off an 0-for-10 start and kept Binghamton in it down the stretch.His jumper with 8:59 to play pulled the Bearcats to within four, 47-43. But Valjarevic responded with a three-pointer and Maine rattled off six straight points to regain a double-digit margin. Three times in the ensuing five minutes Binghamton cut its deficit to five, but could draw no closer. Reed scored eight points in the final 3:08 but the Black Bears made 6-of-10 free throws to hang on.
“We struggled so much in that first half but I liked what we were getting,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “We had a bad half shooting but we were doing good things and we competed through that and gave ourselves a fighting chance. After missing some assignments and not communicating enough in that first half, I thought we found a better defensive combo and we were able to convert more on the offensive end in the second half. We can pull some positive from tonight. Jordan (Reed) responded in the second half. He has a huge heart and is so competitive and coachable. He is wired to be a special player.”
In addition to Reed (9-for-32 FG), senior guard Jimmy Gray reached double figures with 13 points. Junior center Roland Brown just missed a double-double with nine points and a season-high 10 rebounds. Classmate Brian Freeman added six points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
The Bearcats won the rebound battle 52-46, though BU’s total is skewed with 16 offensive boards off misses. Binghamton left eight points at the free throw line, though Maine struggled more, missing 16 free throws (22-of-38), including nine in the second half.
Binghamton is off until traveling to Durham to face New Hampshire on February 24.
Reed and Valjarevic were named the America East Players of the Game ... Reed leads the America East in rebounding (9.2 rpg.) and ranks second in scoring (16.5 ppg.). He is less than a half-point per game behind Maine’s Justin Edwards (16.8 ppg.) atop the league scoring list ... Reed’s 32 field goal attempts are tied for the most by a Division I player this season (Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum vs. Baylor on Nov. 9) ... The 3,362 attendance count was BU’s fourth-highest of the season and raised the team’s season average to 2,609, which leads the America East. Binghamton is seeking its 10th consecutive conference attendance crown.