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Men’s basketball falls to UMBC 64-58

Bearcats return home to host New Hampshire on Sunday

January 19, 2012

Men’s basketball falls to UMBC 64-58

Box Score

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BALTIMORE, Md— Host UMBC (3-15, 2-4 AE) scored the game’s first nine points and led from start to finish in a 64-58 win over Binghamton (0-18, 0-6 AE) Thursday night from the RAC Arena. Junior guard Ryan Cook scored a game-high 20 points for the Retrievers, who shot 52 percent in the second half.

The Retrievers stretched a six-point halftime lead to double digits and staved off repeated BU attempts to rally in the second half. Binghamton missed seven of its first nine shots to start the final frame and UMBC pushed its lead to 13, 50-37, with 8:30 to play. An 8-1 BU run spanning 2:25 pulled the Bearcats to within six. Junior guard Jimmy Gray nailed a jumper, stole the ball on the next UMBC possession and when freshman forward Omar Richards sank a short jumper, Binghamton was within striking range, 51-45, with 6:05 left. But BU misfired on three of its next four shots and the Retrievers again expanded their lead to double digits. Four BU points in the final 17 seconds tightened the final score. 

“We seemed to be anxious from the start, dug ourselves a hole early and stayed in it,” head coach Mark Macon said. “I didn’t think we came out with a lot of structured energy. We played pretty hard but we have to play better and these guys have to keep forcing their will on the other team. I can’t tolerate turnovers. We aren’t good enough to give up runs or to have to come back from large deficits. We can’t do it turning the basketball over.”

Freshman forward Ben Dickinson led BU with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes. Gray wound up with 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Richardson had 10 points and junior forward Javon Ralling and sophomore guard Robert Mansell chipped in nine points apiece.

Both teams shot an identical 25-for-52 (48 percent) for the game and despite coughing the ball up 13 times in the first half, BU won the turnover battle as UMBC committed 17 turnovers (to BU’s 14) for the game.

The Bearcats were sloppy at the start, turning the ball over five times in the game’s first 2:33 and digging themselves an early 9-0 hole. Binghamton trailed 14-4 after 7:44 before using a 14-6 run to pull within two, 20-18, with 5:28 remaining in the half. The host Retrievers steadied themselves with a 10-6 run to end the half and despite shooting 53 percent, BU trailed 30-24 at intermission. Binghamton’s 13 turnovers in the first 20 minutes resulted in 10 fewer shots than UMBC. Richards and Ralling netted six points apiece in the half. 

The Bearcats entertain New Hampshire Sunday at the Events Center. Binghamton is 15-6 all-time against the Wildcats (6-11, 1-5 AE). 

Cook and Dickinson were named the America East Players of the Game.

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