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BU upset bid falls short at Boston
Men lose in overtime 70-65 to Terriers
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BOSTON – After watching a 10-point lead evaporate in the closing minutes of regulation, host Boston University (6-6, 1-0 AE) scored the final seven points of overtime to escape with a 70-65 OT win over visiting Binghamton (5-6, 1-1 AE) in an America East contest Saturday afternoon.

The Bearcats, who trailed the reigning conference champions by as many as 17 points midway through the first half, stormed back late in regulation – thanks to a 10-0 run that featured points from five different players. Senior forward Jeffrey St. Fort (Miami, Fla.) hit a turnaround jumper in the lane with 3:31 left to complete the three-minute surge and tie the game at 62-62.

Each team made 1-of-2 free throws in the final 2:07, with Binghamton freshman Joel Casseus (Montreal, Quebec) sending the game into overtime with his foul shot with 24.5 seconds left.

In the extra session, seven-foot sophomore center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) tipped in a miss with 4:06 to play, giving the Bearcats a 65-63 lead – the first lead since the game’s opening basket. But Boston took advantage of two Binghamton turnovers in a 28-second span, and made 5-of-6 free throws in the final3:33 to seal the victory.

“We had an excellent second half,” Binghamton head coach Al Walker said. “But you can’t come into a gym like this against this caliber a team and give them a 17-point cushion. We’ve got to tighten up our turnovers. But I’m proud of our guys. We had a great shot to win the game at the end.”

Senior guard Anthony Green (Philadelphia, Pa.) led the Bearcats with 11 points. Billings added nine points, a game-high eight rebounds and two blocks. Casseus was perfect from the field, hitting 4-of-4 for nine points.

Boston University’s Matt Turner led all scorers with 27 points.

After some strong inside play early in the second half, the Bearcats were in the bonus with 12:08 left in regulation, but managed to get to the line just four times over the game’s final 17 minutes, and converted just two free throws during that span. In addition, BU was limited to a season-low four three-pointers – less than half the team’s average.

Binghamton returns to the West Gym floor to host St. Francis (N.Y.) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in a non-league game.
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