Immediate Release: February 2, 2006
Despite putting up a season-high point total, Binghamton suffered its second straight defeat - on the heels of a program-best six-game win streak. The team's last five games have all been decided in the closing seconds.
The Bearcats trailed for much of the game, but took a 63-62 lead with 7:13 remaining. But BU struggled without a field goal for more than six minutes and the Retrievers pulled ahead for good with a 9-2 run.
Senior guard Andre Heard (Oklahoma City, Okla.) scored 14 of BU's final 21 points and wound up with a game-high 21 points before fouling out in the final five seconds. Heard drained a three-pointer with 39 seconds left to pull Binghamton to within three, 73-70. But UMBC won the intentional foul-free throw "game" - just barely - by converting 5-of-8 free throws in the final 27 seconds. Down 75-72 with 18 seconds left, the Bearcats had one chance to tie but misfired on a three-point attempt, and the Retrievers made three more free throws to seal the win.
"I thought UMBC played very well," head coach Al Walker said. "We couldn't make stops ... I was disappointed with our defense tonight. The bottom line is we're not shooting the ball very well. But I talke my hat off to UMBC. They play very well at home and they were a little bit better than us tonight."
Both teams showing some offensive spark in the opening half, when UMBC shot 57% and Binghamton countered with 55% to forge a 43-43 tie. The 43 points represented BU's highest first-half scoring output of the season.
But the Bearecats misfired on 10-of-11 shots to open the second half and after battling to claim the lead, suffered through the crucial offensive lapse.
Binghamton returns home to take on Maine at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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