Release: January 7, 2010
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Picked to finish dead last in the nine-team league and with just six scholarship players available, Binghamton (6-10, 1-0 AE) stung Albany (5-11, 0-1 AE) 62-57 in the America East opener for both teams Thursday night from SEFCU Arena.
Junior forward Moussa Camara poured in a career-high 24 points and BU built a double-digit lead before holding off the Great Danes in the closing minutes.
Binghamton led by 11 at the break but misfired on its first nine shots of the second and Albany trimmed the lead to six, 36-30. But BU responded with a 17-9 run that featured seven points from Camara, the America East Player of the Game. Up 55-41 with 3:36 left, BU held steady as the Great Danes made a strong run - thanks to three three-pointers from Will Harris in the final 1:42. But BU sank 7-of-12 free throws in the closing 1:19 to wrap up the road win.
Camara hit 7-of-12 from the floor, highlighted by 5-of-9 marksmanship from beyond the arc. Junior forward Greer Wright produced his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Wright made 3-of-4 free throws in the final 26 seconds and added a season-high seven assists.
"It was a great game for us," interm head coach Mark Macon said. "We did a good job keeping them off the glass (41-28 BU margin) and we paid attention to details tonight. The guys handled their pressure for the first 34 minutes or so and then we made most of our free throws. Albany is a good team. They just didn't make shots and we did today. We talk about toughness, playing hard and playing to win. But this is just one game."
After falling behind 7-2 to start the game, BU exploded for a 26-4 run to build a 28-11 lead midway through the first half. Camara struck for 12 of his 14 points during the run, which spanned 9:06. He hit 5-for-5 from the floor, including four three-pointers. The Great Danes then went on an 13-3 run to cut their deficit to seven, 31-24, with 1:54 left. But Wright produced two beautiful drive-and-dish plays to Jabbi, whose two short jumpers in the final 50 seconds gave BU a 36-25 margin at intermission. The Bearcats shot 52% in the period and outrebounded their hosts by a 19-8 count.
The Bearcats return home to host Maine Sunday afternoon.
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