Immediate Release: February 27, 2005
With the win, Binghamton earned the No. 5 seed for the upcoming America East Championship and will host No. 4 Albany in a quarterfinal game at noon next Saturday, March 5. Binghamton is hosting the first three rounds of the tournament on March 4-6.
The Bearcats opened the game by hitting eight of their first 11 shots, and raced out ot a 30-11 lead with 8:31 to play in the half. The Terriers, who missed seven of their first nine shots, came back with an 11-0 run to cut the margin to eight, 30-22, with 2:54 to play. But sophomore guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsbille, Md.) responded with back-to-back three-pointers to push Binghamton's margin back to 14 at intermission, and the Bearcats never let Boston University come any closer than 13 points throughout the second period.
four seniors provided an emotional lift for Binghamton, as seven-foot
Billings (Kodiak, Alaska), forward Joe
White (Winsted, Conn.), wing player Billy
Williams (Milwaukee, Wis.) and center Alex
Adediran (Covington, Ga.) each played key roles in their
final regular season appearance at home. Billings scored 13 points
- including his first-ever three-pointer in the game's final
minute - and added three blocks in 20 minutes. Williams, who
had played just two minutes in the last seven games, was given
23 minutes and chalked up a season-high 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
White nailed an early three-pointer during Binghamton's opening
run, and Adediran pulled down eight rebounds for the game.
Junior guard Andre Heard (Oklahoma City, Okla.) led three players in double figures with a game-high 16 points. Heard nailed 4-of-7 three-pointers and collected 12 of his points in the pivotal first half. Freshman guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) flirted with a triple-double before settling on season-highs of nine points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Junior forward Sebastian Hermenier (Rockville, Md.) chipped in nine rebounds.
Boston University was led by senior forward Rashad Bell, who netted 13 points - thanks primarily to 9-for-9 shooting from the free throw line.
"It was very clear from the start who wanted to win this game more," Boston University head coach Dennis Wolff said. "They played well today."
Binghamton now will await the America East Championship, where all 10 teams will converge on campus for the eight-game, three-day tournament held at the Events Center. The complete championship bracket will be announced early Sunday evening after the conclusion of the 4 p.m. game between Hartford and UMBC.
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