Immediate Release: February 20, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Visiting Albany (14-15, 7-7 AE) closed the game on a 13-4 run to squeeze past Binghamton 57-54 Sunday afternoon from the Events Center. The Great Danes put four players in double figures to complete the season sweep of the Bearcats (7-20, 4-10 AE).
Down three on the final possession, BU found senior forward Mahamoud Jabbi in the right corner. One of the best three-point shooters in the conference, Jabbi released a potential game-tying shot with five seconds left but the ball fell well short of the rim.
The Bearcats led by six, 50-44 with 7:42 to play before a sequence of two missed layups and a turnover opened the door for Albany. The Great Danes drained a three-pointer, a layup and a pair of free throws to pull within one, 53-51, with 2:45 left. The Great Danes then scored an easy basket off an inbounds play with 1:54 to take the lead for good, 53-52. Binghamton then missed its second straight three-pointer - a short jumper from freshman guard Robert Mansell from the left corner with 1:24 to play. A hop-skip-and-jump layup in the lane from Mike Black pushed Albany's lead to three, 55-52 before a driving dunk from senior forward Greer Wright brought BU to within one, 55-54, with 0:37 left. After an intentional foul and a pair of clutch free throws from bench player Billy Allen, the stage was set for Jabbi's controversial final try.
Senior guard Moussa Camara scored a game-high 17 points (15 in first half) and Wright added 15 points, 11 in the second half. The Bearcats missed 9-of-11 three-point attempts in the second half. Albany owned a 35-25 advantage on the glass.
"Albany played tremendous down the stretch," head coach Mark Macon said. "Rebounding hurt us and they took advantage of that. We played good basketball and good defense and we played hard overall ... just came up short. We've come a long way during the season but we still have to get better. We have a lot of time to improve and work on things."
Binghamton hosts Boston University Thursday in its final home game of the regular season. The Bearcats will honor their five seniors pre- and postgame.
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