Immediate Release: December 10, 2005
VESTAL, N.Y. - Visiting Brown (2-5) opened the second half with a 21-7 run and fended off Binghamton (1-6) in the closing minutes for a 71-61 win in a men's college basketball game Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The Bears overcame a four-point halftime deficit and limited BU to just 28% shooting in the second half, dealing the host Bearcats their sixth loss in seven games this season.
"Obviously we didn't play well," head coach Al Walker said. "We didn't shoot well against their zone. We had a lot of opportunities ... we cut it to three several times but just didn't make plays. We're struggling and have to figure out how to fix it."
Brown put five players in double figures, led by senior guard Luke Ruscoe, who tallied 16 points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Damon Huffman and junior guard Marcus Becker added 15 points apiece.
The Bearcats had four players reach double figures, led by senior guard Andre Heard (Oklahoma City, Okla.), who scored a game-high 19 points - though only five of those came in the decisive second half.
Binghamton started both periods slowly and the second-half start cost BU dearly, as Brown went on the 21-7 run to take command of the game. The Bearcats misfired on 11 of their first 12 shots to start the half and hit on only 8-of-29 from the floor. Binghamton began the game by missing 12 of 14 shots before shooting 60% the rest of the way to take a 36-32 lead into intermission.
After trailing 53-43 with 7:20 left, BU pulled to within three on three different ocasions, but Brown answered each time - the final time courtesy of Ruscoe, who nailed a three-pointer, a jumper and a dunk on three straight possessions.
Sophomore point guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) produced career-highs of 10 assists and nine rebounds.
Senior forward Sebastian Hermenier (Rockville, Md.) contributed 12 points and a season-high 12 rebounds and junior guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) and junior forward Duane James (Miami, Fla.) added 10 points apiece. All of Hailey's points came in the first half.
Binghamton next hosts North Florida on December 17 at 1 p.m.
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