Release: January 14, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Boston University (9-8, 4-1 AE) used an 11-0 early second-half run to grab the lead and the Terriers held off host Binghamton (7-12, 2-2 AE) 63-55 Thursday night from the Events Center.
Boston, the unanimous pick to win the America East, made six free throws in the final 1:13 to withstand a spirited effort from the Bearcats, who played the final 8:14 without leading scorer, junior forward Greer Wright, who fouled out.
Wright was dominant in a season-low 24 minutes, hitting 7-of-12 shots for 17 points with five rebounds and three assists. But he was whistled for three fouls in the first half, including two in the game's first 3:30. Wright picked up his fourth on a charge call with 11:46 left and fouled out after a loose-ball scrum resulted in double technical fouls on him and Boston forward John Holland.
Boston led 44-43 when Wright departed. The Bearcats stayed within striking range the rest of the way, twice pulling to within one, but couldn't reclaim the lead. Binghamton misfired on eight of its final 10 shots - including five threes.
In the second half, the Bearcats hit just 9-of-32 (28%) from the field, made only 1-of-12 three-pointers and missed five free throws.
"It was a great game tonight," interim head coach Mark Macon said. "Boston is a veteran team and they pulled it out by attacking us. We have a tough bunch of young men and we played hard but we took too many threes (22 attempts) and didn't rebound. We have to continue to learn and play smarter."
Junior guard Chretien Lukusa contributed 12 points in 40 minutes and junior forward Umur Peten had nine points and six rebounds. Junior forward Moussa Camara chipped in eight points, eight rebounds and three steals.
Boston was led by its trio of all-stars, Corey Lowe (22 pts.), Holland (15 pts.) and Jake O'Brien (15 pts., 10 rebs.). The Terriers owned a 45-37 rebound advantage and used 18 offensive boards to produce 14 second-chance points.
The Bearcats trailed 13-6 early in the first half before Wright ignited a 17-5 run that gave BU a 23-18 lead. Wright had 12 points in that run, which spanned 6:40. Binghamton led 30-23 and was setting up for a final shot of the half but coughed the ball up and Lowe hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to pull the Terriers within four, 30-26.
The Bearcats completed their three-games-in-five-days homestand and are off until playing at Hartford next Thursday night.
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