Release: December 9, 2008
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.
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