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For Immediate Release: February 8, 2006
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton men's basketball knocks off New Hampshire 57-46
Heard nets 20 points, Gordon career-high 15 as BU wins eighth in last 10

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior captain Andre Heard (Oklahoma City, Okla.) scored a game-high 20 points, including four free throws in the final 46 seconds to lead Binghamton (11-11, 8-3 America East) to a 57-46 win over visiting New Hampshire (9-14, 6-6 AE) Wednesday night at the Events Center. Binghamton closed the game on a 14-2 run to earn its eighth win in the last 10 games. The victory also strengthened the team's hold on second place in the America East Conference - just one and a half games behind league-leading Albany.

Despite holding the Wildcats to just one field goal in the final 9:15, BU led by just three, 49-46, with less than two minutes to play. Sophomore point guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) scored a pivotal basket to boost the lead to five. Gordon, who tallied a career-high 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting, drove into the lane and canned a short jumper with 1:27 remaining, giving BU a 51-46 lead. The Bearcats then converted 6-of-6 free throws in the final 46 seconds to seal the victory.

"I thought Mike Gordon was off the charts," head coach Al Walker said. "He played a great game and made that big-time play down the stretch. That little running one-hander opened it up for us. It was a great win because New Hampshire is obviously playing very good basketball. We executed on the offensive end and the bench did a great job. We also hit our free throws."

As a team, the Bearcats converted 10-of-11 from the free throw line.

Gordon was a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range and added six rebounds and five assists.

Senior forward Sebastian Hermenier (Rockville, Md.) was BU's third player in double figures. He tallied 10 points.

New Hampshire had three players in double figures, led by sophomore forward Mike Christensen, who tallied 14 points.

Binghamton next travels to Long Island to face Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon.

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