Immediate Release: January 15, 2006
Binghamton hung on for dear life after Heard's short jumper gave his team a 46-40 lead with 4:20 remaining. The Bearcats missed five straight shots and Boston trimmed its deficit to 46-45 with 1:49 to play before missing the front-end of a 1-and-1 that could've tied the game. Heard then made two free throws with 40 seconds left for his team's final points. The Terriers made a bucket with 6.3 seconds left, cutting the margin to 48-47, and after an intentional foul, Binghamton missed the front end of a 1-and-1, but a last ditch Boston shot was off the mark at the buzzer.
"That was some game ... what a tough battle," head coach Al Walker said. "Our boys really fought hard on the defensive end and Andre (Heard) was spectacular. He carried us. I thought we did great job against the press ... we never turned it over and six turnovers means we did a great job taking care of the ball. Our guys stepped up and made plays on the defensive end. I think we're really starting to come around and understand that we can be good if we defend, rebound and take care of the ball."
Binghamton trailed 36-31 early in the second period before Heard took over. The all-conference wing player scored nine straight Bearcats points and keyed a 13-1 run that restored Binghamton's lead for good. Heard, who is averaging 20 points in conference play, wound up scoring 17 of Binghamton's 23 second-half points.
Junior guard Duane James (Miami, Fla.) chipped in six points in a strong effort off the bench.
"Duane had his best game of the season because he was a presence at the defensive end and on the glass," Walker said.
In the first half, Binghamton held its host without a field goal for more than 10 minutes and stretched its lead to as many as 10 points before settling for a 25-21 intermission margin.
Binghamton plays the final game of three straight away contests Thursday at Hartford.
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