Immediate Release: January 14, 2004
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Bearcats edge Albany 59-53 in closing minutes
ALBANY, N.Y.--Freshman point guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) made 4-of-4 free throws in the final 41 seconds and Binghamton (6-9, 2-2 America East) edged host Albany (3-11, 1-4 AE) 59-53 in an America East game Wednesday from the Recreation and Convocation Center.
With the Bearcats clinging to a 54-52 lead with 41 seconds remaining, Hailey sank both ends of a 1-and-1. He then grabbed a big offensive rebounds off a BU missed free throw with 15.3 seconds left, and after a foul, sank two more free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Hailey wound up with 14 points and four rebounds.
"Troy did a great job stepping up and putting the game away at the free throw line," head coach Al Walker said. "We're trying to win games on the defensive end and Brandon [Carter], Billy [Williams] and Troy [Hailey] were outstanding. Joe White also played a great game."
Senior guard Brandon Carter (McPherson, Kan.) scored 13 of his game-high 16 points in the second half, including six straight in the final five minutes. He and fellow co-captain Billy Williams (Milwaukee, Wisc.) sparked the team on defense. Williams opend a 7-0 Bearcats run with a three-pointer with 5:08 to play, and Carter followed with the next six BU points. The pair also forced a Great Dane turnover during that span, and Carter finished with a career-high six steals.
Junior forward Joe White (Winsted, Conn.) pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds and chipped in seven points. Junior center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) netted 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
The Bearcats were slow out of the gate, misfiring on 11 of the team's first 13 shots and managing just nine field goals in the opening 20 minutes. The teams combined for just eight points in the first seven minutes of the contest, and the Great Danes held a 24-23 lead at the break.
Binghamton returns home on Saturday to host New Hampshire at West Gymnasium. The game, the America East TV Game of the Week, will be broadcast on Empire Sports Network, the Metro Channel, and the New England Sports Network. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
NOTES: Carter eclipsed his previous career-high of five steals, which he set just 10 days ago against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ... Binghamton improved to 2-8 this season in games it trailed at halftime ... The Bearcats are still just 3-34 as a Division I program when trailing at the half ... The win marked the sixth straight over the Great Danes, who still lead the all-time series 49-23.
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