Release: January 12, 2008
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Senior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) connected on a school-record eight three pointers for a career- and school-record tying 32 points to lead visiting Binghamton (6-10, 2-2 America East) to a 71-57 victory over Albany (7-9, 2-2 AE) in an America East game Saturday afternoon from SEFCU Arena.
The win is Binghamton's first on the road this season (1-8) and the first in Albany over three seasons. The Bearcats last road victory against the Great Danes was a 59-53 win on January 14, 2004.
From the start-to-finish, Gordon had an answer for everything the host Great Danes threw at him, finishing 8-of-11 from three point range and 11-of-17 overall.
"This was a great win," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "You saw a big-time defensive effort by our guys out there today. This has been a tough week after losing the way we did at Hartford on Wednesday. To come in and get our first road win in this spot is just terrific. We have a long way to go still, but today is a start."
Trailing 44-36, the Danes went on a 8-0 run, capped off by a three from guard Jon Iati to even the score at 44-44 with 11:05 left to play.
Gordon connected on a pair of long-range shots, the second from 30-feet out as the shot clock was winding down, to ignite BU on an 11-2 run of its own, to forge ahead 57-48.
Iati added his second three of the afternoon at the 2:05 mark to cut the deficit to 60-55, but BU fought off the Albany full court pressure and sank 6-of-6 free throws down the stretch to record its first win away from the Events Center this season.
The Bearcats finished the afternoon shooting 11-of-18 (58.8%) from three point range. Over its last three games, the Bearcats are shooting 31-of-55 (56.3%) from beyond the arc.
Led by the sharpshooting of Gordon, the Bearcats came out on fire jumping out to a 16-9 lead. Gordon connected on each of his first five field goals, including four-of-four from beyond the arc, and scored 14 of his team's first 16 points to stake BU to the early advantage. In the first half alone, he would convert 6-of-7 three-point attempts tying a school single game record for most threes in a game.
would lead by as many as ten points, 29-19, in the first period,
but the host Great Danes closed out the final 5:58 on a 7-2 run
cutting the deficit to 31-26 at the break. As a team, the Bearcats
shot 55 percent from the floor and 7-of-10 from beyond the arc
over the first 20 minutes of action.
The Bearcats return to action on Tuesday, hosting Stony Brook at 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on Fox Sports New York (FSNY).
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