Immediate Release: December 3, 2004
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In a fierce battle that went down to the final horn, host Brown (2-4) tipped in a missed three-pointer at the buzzer to defeat visiting Binghamton (2-4) 79-77 Friday night from the Pizzitola Center. The Bearcats shot a sizzling 62% for the game, including 68% in the second half, but the Bears equaled that with 68% accuracy in the second half. There were 13 lead changes in the final period.
"It was a great basketball game," head coach Al Walker said. "It's a shame. It was an unbelievable second half. Both teams battled and made plays."
Junior guard Andre Heard (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and sophomore guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, to pace the Bearcats. Hailey scored 14 of his points in the second half, including a 12-foot baseline jumper with 1:31 left that gave BU a 77-75 lead. Brown All-American Jason Forte, who scored all 22 of his points in the second half, drove in for a game-tying layup with 1:07 left. After a timeout, BU put the ball on the floor and after a mad scramble that crossed halfcourt, the team was called for a shot clock violation, turning the ball over to the Bears for the final possession.
The Bears led by as many as nine points midway through the first half before Binghamton stepped up its outside shooting. Senior forward Joe White (Winsted, Conn.) nailed back-to-back three-pointers and junior wing player Schafer Jackson (Provo, Utah), who was averaging just nine minutes per game entering the night, earned 14 minutes of action in the half, and produced seven of his nine points.
In the second half, Hailey scored eight points in a 1:25 span, and later Heard tallied six in a 1:18 span as both teams began to heat up. Freshman forward Jordan Fithian (McPherson, Kan.) scored back-to-back layups in the final 3:23, tying the score at both 73-73 and 75-75.
Senior center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) was saddled with foul trouble and contributed just three points in 11 minutes of action.
Binghamton next heads to the Carrier Dome to face No. 4 Syracuse on Saturday, December 11.
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