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Host Navy pulls away from men’s basketball 75-52

Reed tallies double-double in collegiate debut but BU can't climb over second-half hurdle

November 14, 2012

Host Navy pulls away from men’s basketball 75-52

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.— Speedy freshman guard Tilman Dunbar compiled 16 points and 11 assists and host Navy (2-1) ended the game with a 25-7 run to pull away from visiting Binghamton men’s basketball (0-3) 75-52 Wednesday night at Alumni Hall.

After clawing their way back into the game midway through the second half, BU managed just three field goals over the game’s final 11 minutes and saw a five-point deficit swell as the Mids used a steady stream of free throws to extend their lead. Both teams were in the double bonus with nine minutes remaining and Navy hit eight from the line to key a 10-0 run that turned a tight 50-45 lead into a 60-45 cushion with 7:36 left.

“It wasn’t a good performance overall,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “We were gritty for a while in the second half but our defense was unacceptable tonight. We have to continue to find a way when things are going in the wrong direction to rally and fight. We went away quietly and the score got lopsided.”

After trailing by 11 at the break, freshman guard Jordan Reed keyed a rally with 11 points in a six-minute span. Reed had success driving to the hoop and either converting or making free throws. His pair of makes with 10:47 left closed out a 9-0 run and brought the Bearcats within five, 50-45.

But the wheels fell off shortly thereafter and a critical swing of trips to the charity stripe turned the tide in the hosts’ favor. Binghamton missed six straight (and 9-of-11) from the line while Navy made 8-of-10 in a 1:54 span to put the game away.

“That was a turning point,” Dempsey said. “We came away with no points on those trips to the line and it seemed to take the steam out of us. We didn’t look like we had another rally in us – and that was disappointing.”

Reed wound up with a double-double in his collegiate debut, collecting team-highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. But he was just 3-of-14 from the floor and missed seven free throws - stats that will keep him hungry as his promising young career unfolds.

“Jordan was trying to force the action because we were struggling offensively,” Dempsey said. “He knows he needs to work on his shooting but he’s high energy and a talent. I thought for his first game he had some rust on him but he competed really hard. It was a good overall debut for him.”

The Bearcats were whistled for 28 fouls – 16 in the second half as the game came to a grinding halt on nearly every possession. Navy hit 17-of-25 from the line in the second half and 24-for-38 for the game. Binghamton, meanwhile, left 14 points at the line (18-for-32).

Junior center Roland Brown contributed 12 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Jimmy Gray added eight points and six rebounds. 

Binghamton shot just 33 percent from the field, and hit just 2-of-14 from three-point range.

In the first half, BU led 24-21 after six lead changes and seven ties ruled the first 15 minutes. But Navy, which missed seven of its first nine shots to open game, responded with eight straight points in a minute span to reclaim the lead. In the final five minutes of the half, BU went 0-for-5 with four turnovers and the Mids turned that loose play into a 16-2 run to carry a 37-26 cushion into intermission.

The Bearcats hit 2-of-11 from beyond the arc in the first half and committed 10 turnovers which resulted in 13 Navy points. Eleven different players saw action, including Reed, who started in his collegiate debut and made two free throws for his first collegiate points before two fouls sent him to the bench after 11 minutes.

Binghamton completes its two-game swing through the military academies with a game Friday afternoon in West Point against Army. The Bearcats then finish up a five-games-in-ten-days stretch with a home game against St. Peter’s on Sunday.

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