For Immediate Release: January 25, 2006
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BU men's basketball outlasts Vermont in double overtime 61-60
Senior captain Sebastian Hermenier drains 17-of-20 free throws

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior forward Sebastian Hermenier (Rockville, Md.) made 4-of-4 free throws in the second overtime and sank 17-of-20 for the game, lifting Binghamton (9-9, 6-1 America East) to a 61-60 double overtime victory over visiting Vermont (8-10, 4-4 AE) Wednesday night from the Events Center. The win was the school-record sixth straight for the Bearcats, who maintained their hold on first place in the America East Conference.

Hermenier scored all 17 of his points from the charity stripe and the Bearcats overcame a tough shooting performance (28%) and a significant rebound deficit (61-37) to defeat Vermont for only the second time in 10 games.

"It was a great game and an unbelievable effort by our guys," head coach Al Walker said. "Offensively it was a real grind but we made some good plays down the stretch and Sebastian was awesome getting to the line."

What the game lacked in offensive execution it made up for in drama, as momentum swung back and forth with each team having a crack at game-winning shots at the end of the first overtime. The score was tied 11 times and there were 11 lead changes. It was the third straight game decided by two or fewer points - all BU victories.

Senior guard Andre Heard (Oklahoma City, Okla.) scored 15 points and collected four steals in 49 minutes and sophomore point guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) added 10 points and four assists in 48 minutes of work. Junior forward Duane James (Miami, Fla.) contributed 10 points in 14 minutes off the bench.

A season-high crowd of 4,450 was treated to the longest game in BU's Division I tenure and longest home game since a double overtime win over Hamilton in 1993-94 at West Gym when BU was in Division III. An overflow student crowd of 1,332 - the most ever at Events Center - was boisterous throughout the game.

"The crowd was great," Walker said. "The students were outrageously involved in the game."

Vermont, which had more rebounds (61) than points (60), was led by junior Martin Klimes, who tallied 12 points. Freshman Colin McIntosh added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

After a sluggish first half that ended at 19-19, Vermont opened the second half with a 12-2 run to built a 31-21 lead - the largest lead of the game for either team. Binghamton countered with a 16-5 run as the Catamounts went 8:23 without a field goal. With the score tied at 47-47 at the end of regulation, Heard missed a potential game-winning three-pointer with 0:03 left.

At the end of the first overtime, Hermenier sank two free throws with 1:10 to play to tie the game at 52-52, and after each team missed a jumper, Vermont had a golden opportunity to win the game in the closing seconds but a layup attempt by sophomore forward Ryan Schneider fell short of the rim with 0:03 left.

In the second overtime, Heard drained a three-pointer with 3:37 left to give the Bearcats the lead for good, 55-52. Then with BU clinging to a 59-57 lead, Hermenier sank a pair of free throws with 0:25 left to push the margin to four, 61-57. Schneider made a three-pointer with one second left to tighten the final margin.

Binghamton's sixth straight win set a school record (Division I ) for consecutive victories... Hermenier set records for both free throws made (17) and attempted (20) in a game... Heard's four steals gives him 89 for his career, surpassing Billy Williams for the most in BU's Division I tenure. Heard's 49 minutes also is the most at Division I, and second only to Chris Ballerini's 55 minutes played against Plattsburgh on February 7, 1997 (3 ot).


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