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Men’s basketball pushes No. 1 Stony Brook to final minute in 78-69 loss
Without leading scorer, BU plays gallantly in America East quarterfinal defeat
March 2, 2012Tweet
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WEST HARTFORD, Conn.—Binghamton men’s basketball gave top-seeded Stony Brook all it could handle before coming up short in a 78-69 loss in the America East quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at Hartford’s Chase Family Arena. The ninth-seeded Bearcats, who defeated UMBC in the first round to reach the quarters, shot 55 percent in the second half to put a scare into the Seawolves in the first-ever postseason meeting between the two SUNY Centers. Stony Brook needed 10 free throws (10-of-13) in the final 1:27 to fend off a gallant effort from a BU team that was minus its leading scorer, Robert Mansell.
Down 34-28 at half, BU opened the second half with a 12-4 run to pull ahead, 40-38, with 15:45 to play. A three-pointer from freshman guard Chris Longoria made it 47-43, with 12:17 remaining. Stony Brook responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead for good midway through the period. A layup by freshman forward Ben Dickinson brought the Bearcats to within six, 59-53, with 7:19 left before Stony Brook went on one final run and the 7-0 swing gave them a double-digit cushion with 4:41 left, 66-53).
A pair of threes from junior guard Jimmy Gray bookended a 13-6 Bearcats run that pulled them to within six, 72-66, with 0:43 left. But the Seawolves held steady at the free throw line, making 6-of-8 in the final 43 seconds. Stony Brook, which shot just 39 percent in the first half, jumped that mark up to 63 percent in the second half and held a 36-25 rebound margin.
Dickinson led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting. The 6-foot-9 front man showed his great promise with another strong showing. Left off the All-Rookie Team voting by at least one America East opposing coach, Dickinson produced 41 points in the two tournament games and added four assists and two blocks in 36 minutes on Saturday.
“I am proud of our guys today,” head coach Mark Macon said. “We played hard and competed very well against a very good team.”
Longoria hit 6-of-8 shots (3-of-4 3-pt.) for 17 points. Gray added 16 points and a season-high nine assists.
The Bearcats shot 50 percent for the game but didn’t make a single trip to the free throw line in the decisive second half, whereas Stony Brook went 20 times and netted 12 points.