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Men’s basketball loses to UMBC 70-56
Gray, Mansell combined for 25 points but BU surrenders 46 second-half points
February 15, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Visiting UMBC scored 46 second-half points to stretch a four-point halftime margin and pull away from Binghamton men’s basketball 70-56 Wednesday night from the Events Center. The Retrievers (4-22, 3-11 AE) used an 18-8 run midway through the final period to win for just the second time in 10 games at the Events Center. Binghamton fell to 0-25 overall, 0-13 in league play.
With just over five minutes gone in the second half, junior guard Jimmy Gray drilled a three-pointer to pull BU to within two, 28-26. But UMBC responded with a three-pointer to start the pivotal 18-8 run, which spanned 6:56. The Bearcats were 3-for-9 and committed two of the team’s 16 turnovers during the stretch. Down 46-34 with 7:59 remaining, BU scored four straight to cut its deficit to single digits, 46-38, with 6:47 left but could pull no closer. UMBC pushed its lead to as many as 21 points before Binghamton scored 10 points in the final 1:05 to tighten the final margin.
Gray, who shared America East Player of the Game honors with UMBC sophomore Chase Plummer (15 pts.), wound up with a team-high 13 points. He added three assists and two steals but was limited to just 27 foul-plagued minutes. Sophomore guard Robert Mansell had 12 points, freshman forward Ben Dickinson produced eight points, 12 rebounds and three blocks and junior forward Taylor Johnson chipped in nine points - eight in the first half.
UMBC shot 48 percent in the second half and held a 43-36 edge on the glass, where the missed shots were plentiful. Binghamton shot 34 percent for the game, including 27 percent in the first half when they converted just 7-of-26 field goal attempts yet only trailed by four, 24-20.
“UMBC played well and they beat us inside,” head coach Mark Macon said. “We made mistakes, fell behind and couldn’t make up the deficit. We just didn’t make our shots but we have to continue to work hard.”
The Bearcats take a break from conference play to make the 500+ mile trek to Radford and a matchup against the Highlanders on Saturday. After that, BU has a pair of home games against Vermont and Albany in a three-day span midweek.