Release: November 23, 2010
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Army (4-1) drained 12 three-pointers and shot 52% to pin a third straight loss on visiting Binghamton (1-3) 72-58 Tuesday night from Christl Arena. Despite playing without senior forward and leading scorer Greer Wright, BU's offense looked sharper than in recent games but it couldn't keep the Black Knights off the scoreboard to mount a run.
After trailing by eight at the break, BU trimmed its deficit to seven, 47-40 on a three-pointer from sophomore guard Jimmy Gray with 13:50 remaining. But the Cadets responded with an 8-0 run to restore a comfortable cushion. The lead swelled to as many as 17 in the final minutes.
Senior guard Chretien Lukusa had the hot hand with a season-high 22 points. He hit 6-of-16 from the floor, including 4-of-8 three-pointers. Junior center Kyrie Sutton chipped in a season-high 14 points with a career-high nine rebounds. Sophomore forward Taylor Johnston hit 3-of-5 three-pointers for a career-high nine points.
"We started off hitting some jump shots but we need to keep attacking the basket," head coach Mark Macon said." We had a hard time defending the basketball. We're doing it in sections but not for the whole game."
Binghamton opened the game on fire, hitting 6-of-8 to forge a 16-6 lead in the first six minutes. But Army took over in the middle portion of the period, embarking on a 26-3 run that featured 13 points in a 2:49 span and five three-pointers in the 10-minute stretch. The Bearcats hit a 5:05 scoreless spell and wound up converting just 3-of-15 the rest of the half. A modest 7-2 run cut BU's deficit to single digits at intermission, 34-26. Lukusa scored 11 points in the first 11 minutes and had 14 at the break. Sutton had a slam and four points in the final 2:35 to keep BU within striking distance.
The Bearcats next head to Philadelphia to take on Drexel Sunday afternoon.
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