Release: February 14, 2009
BOSTON, Mass. -- Visiting Binghamton (17-8, 10-3 AE) built a double-digit lead and fended off Boston University (14-11, 9-4 AE) 60-59 Saturday afternoon from Case Gym. The win was Binghamton's fifth straight and seventh in its last eight games and allowed the team to move into a first place tie with Vermont in the America East standings.
The game featured five lead changes in the final 4:11, with the final change coming on a layup from sophomore guard Chretien Lukusa with 36 seconds left. Boston had the ball for the final possession of the game but star Corey Lowe missed two floaters in the lane, including the last one with less than two seconds left.
"It was a championship atmosphere," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "It was a great win for us, on the road against a very good team."
After the Terriers used an 18-2 run to erase a 13-point second-half deficit, Binghamton regrouped. Trailing 51-48, junior guard Emanuel Mayben drained a three-pointer to tie it at 51-51 with 4:34 left. Boston then led 55-54 before sophomore guard Brandon Herbert sank both ends of a 1-and-1 with 2:06 left. Mayben also delivered from the line, hitting both ends of a 1-and-1 with 1:10 left to give the Bearcats a 58-56 edge. Boston took its final lead, 59-58, on a three-pointer from John Holland with 55 seconds left.
Junior guard D.J. Rivera pumped in a game-high 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting. He added a game-high 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Rivera also eclipsed the 500-point scoring mark (517 pts.). Mayben contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Lukusa and senior forward Reggie Fuller added 10 points apiece.
The Bearcats hit 6-of-7 shots to open the game and built an early eight-point lead. Binghamton crashed the boards and grabbed 16 of the game's first 18 rebounds, stretching its lead to 32-16 with a 20-5 run. During the stretch, the Bearcats held Boston without a field goal for 7:03. With Rivera nearly totalling a double-double in the first 20 minutes (11 pts., 9 rebs.), BU shot 52% and staked itself to a 37-24 lead at intermission.
The Bearcats play at Hartford in a televised game on February 18.
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