Immediate Release: January 6, 2006
Junior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) scored a game-high 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting and sparked a first-half rally that gave the Bearcats the lead for good. Forbes, who had notched just three points in his last three games combined, nailed nine consecutive points during a 15-2 first-half run that turned an eight-point deficit into a five-point halftime lead. The Bearcats then opened the second half with a 13-4 run to establish a double-digit lead. Binghamton never relinquished its lead in the final period, shooting 63% before sealing the win by hitting 11-of-12 free throws in the final 1:10.
"It was a good game," head coach Al Walker said. "We defended, rebounded and scored points. That was one of our best team defensive performances. I'm very proud of our guys. We 've challenged them and if they'll understand that this is what it takes - then we'll be a good team. This is what we're capable of doing if we make stops. We can get out in the open floor and make plays. It was a great way to start this strenuous stretch of games (four games in nine days).
Senior guard Steve Proctor (Largo, Md.) scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half and junior point guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) was a rock with 11 points, eight assists and no turnovers in 37 minutes of action. Freshman forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) had 11 points and senior forward Duane James (Miami, Fla.) added 10 points and six rebounds.
Albany, which also had five players in double figures, was led by senior guard and reigning conference player of the year Jamar Wilson, who scored 16 points before fouling out with 59 seconds left.
Binghamton next travels to Long Island to face Stony Brook on Tuesday.
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