Immediate Release: January 10, 2004
BOSTON, Mass. - Junior guard Chaz Carr followed his own miss with a 12-foot jumper in the lane with 35 seconds left, breaking a 59-59 tie and carrying Boston University (10-3, 4-0 AE) past Binghamton (5-9, 1-2 AE), 63-59, in the America East TV Game of the Week Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats, who haven't beaten Boston in five tries, rallied from 13 points down in the final 11:30, only to suffer another heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the perennial conference power Terriers.
"We fought hard to have a chance to win," head coach Al Walker said. "I'm proud of our execution down the stretch, although we came up short. We improved dramatically in the second half."
Junior center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) scored nine of his team-high 12 points in the final 8:06, as the Bearcats stormed back, outscoring their hosts 20-11 to end the game. Billings scored Binghamton's last six points, including a six-foot turnaround jumper that tied the score at 59-59 with 53 seconds left. After Carr's jumper restored Boston's lead, however, Billings misfired on a short jumper in heavy traffic with 14 seconds left and the Terriers sank a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left to close out the scoring.
Binghamton played much of the game without three of its regular starters, as Billings (3-for-11) and freshman point guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) were limited to 18 and 15 minutes, respectively, with inconsistent play, and sophomore forward Sebastian Hermenier did not suit up due to disciplinary action. Hermenier's replacement up front, junior Alex Adediran (Covington, Ga.) chipped in 10 points and five rebounds before being ejected with 7:08 to play after a flagrant foul.
Senior guard Brandon Carter (McPherson, Kan.) stepped up with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and junior forward Joe White (Winsted, Conn.) added eight points in a career-high 30 minutes of action.
"Joe White stepped up and did a wonderful job," Walker said.
Boston had three players in double figures, led by senior forward Ryan Butt who scored a game-high 18 points.
Binghamton returns to action on Wednesday with an away game at Albany.
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