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Men’s basketball falls to Morehead State 64-45
Dickinson nets 12 points, Mansell adds 11 but second half dooms BU
December 19, 2011Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Terrance Hill scored a game-high 21 points and visiting Morehead State (Ky.) stretched a seven-point halftime lead with 52 percent shooting in the second half en route to a 64-45 win over Binghamton Monday night in front of 3,712 at the Events Center. The reigning Ohio Valley Conference champion Eagles (5-7) forced 21 turnovers and kept the Bearcats winless on the season (0-9).
Binghamton played one of its better halves of the season to start the game and when sophomore guard Robert Mansell beat the buzzer with a three-pointer to end a modest 7-2 run, BU was within striking range, down 33-26 at the break. Mansell then delivered a steal and fastbreak layup that pulled BU to within three, 33-30, just 1:36 into the second half. From there, however, Morehead State took flight, ripping off an 18-4 run (in 8:37) that coincided with four turnovers and 1-for-9 shooting from the Bearcats. A four-point play from Marsell Holden capped the run midway through the period and BU drew no closer than 14 the rest of the way.
“Morehead is a good team that plays together,” head coach Mark Macon said. “We have to learn how to get out of the fire. Practice looks great but it isn’t transferring to the floor for 40 minutes yet. We have to keep pushing forward.”
Hill scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half, thanks primarily to 4-of-6 accuracy from three-point range. The Eagles put 10 players in the scoring column and subbed throughout the game, turning fresh bodies into a trapping, pressing defense that was too much for BU to handle. The Bearcats hit just 6-of-21 shots in the second half (29%) and committed 12 turnovers to eliminate any would-be rally. Binghamton continued to struggle from beyond the arc, misfiring on 13-of-15 three-point attempts. The Bearcats shot 50% from inside the arc but the end result was 37% shooting and the team’s eighth straight double-digit defeat.
Freshman forward Ben Dickinson led BU with 12 points. Dickinson added four rebounds and four assists. Mansell wound up with 11 points and two steals and freshman guard Chris Longoria added nine points, three assists and a pair of steals.
Junior forward Taylor Johnson received his first start of the season and showed spark off the opening whistle, scoring four points in the game’s first 1:20 to give BU an early 6-3 lead. But by the time the Bearcats recorded their next field goal 6:20 later, they had given up the lead for good.
The Bearcats face another formidable opponent on Thursday when they welcome a Drexel team that was picked to win the Colonial Athletic Association in the preseason poll. The Dragons went 21-10 last season and will be BU’s fourth straight opponent that is coming off a 21-win (or more) season.