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For Immediate Release: December 9, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball win streak snapped at Bucknell 63-60
Rivera scores game-high 21 points but 0-for-16 3-point shooting dooms BU

Box score

LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Host Bucknell (2-6) led from start to finish and held off Binghamton (4-3) in the final minute for a 63-60 win Tuesday night from Sojka Pavilion. The Bearcats, who were coming off an upset win over Rutgers on Saturday, went 0-for-16 from three-point range and saw the team's three-game win streak snapped.

Despite the shooting woes, BU had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds. Trailing 59-58 with 13 seconds left, junior guard D.J. Rivera, the leading scorer in the America East (20.3 ppg.), slashed into the lane but had his 12-foot jumper partially blocked in heavy traffic. Bucknell made four free throws in the final 12 seconds to seal the win. A good-look three-point attempt by junior guard Malik Alvin was off the mark at the buzzer.

The Bison led by as many as 14 points in the first half and led 58-50 with 3:31 remaining before BU staged one final rally. A short jumper by senior forward Dwayne Jackson cut the margin to one, 59-58 with 54 seconds left. After a Bucknell miss on the other end, senior forward Reggie Fuller soared to grab the defensive rebound, setting up Rivera's last attempt.

Rivera converted on 10-of-21 from the field and added a game-high nine rebounds and three steals. Fuller produced 17 points and seven rebounds and Alvin chipped in 12 points, four assists and a pair of steals.

Bryan Cohen led three Bison in double-figures with 16 points.

"It just wasn't a good outing for us," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "We got down and down on ourselves and just couldn't hit the shots. The three-point shooting (0-for-16) killed us. Bucknell played hard and made their shots."

Bucknell held a five-point margin midway through the first half before exploding on an 11-2 run to create a 33-19 cushion with 5:28 to play. Binghamton then turned up its defensive pressure and answered with a 14-2 run to close out the half and trim the team's deficit to two, 35-33 at the break. The Bearcats forced three turnovers and held the Bison to 1-of-6 shooting during their run. Rivera netted 12 of his points in the first half.

Binghamton, which continues to have just eight scholarship available, takes a much-needed 11-day break before hosting Manhattan on December 20 at the Events Center.

NOTES
Binghamton played its fourth straight game without starters Sean Watson and Chretien Lukusa, who are nursing injuries... Rivera hit the 20-point plateau for the fifth time in seven games this season.

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