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Men’s basketball battles to wire in 75-66 loss at Canisius
Richards records season-highs of 15 points, eight rebounds in defeat
December 27, 2011Tweet
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Harold Washington and Alshwan Hymes combined for 44 points to carry Canisius (3-9) past visiting Binghamton men’s basketball (0-11) 75-66 Wednesday night from the Koessler Athletic Center. Washington netted a game-high 27 points and the Griffs withstood a game effort from the winless Bearcats, who were within two possessions in the game’s final minute before succumbing.
Ahead three early in the second half, Canisius went on a 10-0 run to build a 44-31 cushion with 15:25 to play. But an 11-4 Bearcats run trimmed their deficit back to single digits and thanks to a strong second half from freshman forward Omar Richards (13 points), BU kept within striking range until the closing minute. For the game, Richards shot 4-of-4 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line for a season-high 15 points. He drilled his second three-pointer in as many games, and added a season-high eight rebounds.
Richards’ two free throws with 5:44 to play brought BU to within five, 58-53. But the Griffs made 13-of-16 free throws in the final 5:30 and the tandem of Washington and Hymes delivered a collection of clutch shots to keep BU at bay. Canisius shot 56 percent in the second half.
“Washington got into his comfort zone and we couldn’t take him out of it,” head coach Mark Macon said. “He was a key to this game. Overall my guys played extremely hard and they did what I asked them to do. A key to the game was in the first half when Canisius had 12 second-chance points. You can’t let a team offensive rebound and put the ball back. We still have a lot of things to work on but we are getting better.”
Sophomore guard Robert Mansell scored 14 points (11 in second half) and the freshman duo of Ben Dickinson and Chris Longoria added nine points apiece.
The Bearcats moved the ball on offense and totaled a season-high 16 assists on their 24 field goals. Mansell and junior guard Jimmy Gray had four helpers apiece and Dickinson added three assists.
The teams traded baskets early on and the game featured eight lead changes in the first six minutes. The Bearcats hit 5-of-6 shots to start and after Javon Ralling swished a 12-footer with 13:34 to play, the score was deadlocked at 12-12. But Canisius went on an 11-4 run to forge ahead by seven. Dickinson hit back-to-back jumpers and Longoria added four points and a beautiful back-door assist in the final 4:43 to keep BU close. Richards played a solid first stanza, chipping in six rebounds and converting a pair of free throws with 3.9 seconds left to bring the Bearcats to within four, 32-28, at the break.
Dickinson hit for eight points and Longoria added six in the first half. Binghamton shot 41 percent and protected the basketball (five turnovers). After hitting its first two three-pointers, however, BU misfired on its last six attempts.
Binghamton returns home to face Manhattan on Friday at the Events Center. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports with tip-off set for 7 p.m.