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For Immediate Release: December 4, 2009
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball builds big lead, holds off Bucknell 64-60
Bearcats hit 12-of-18 free throws in final 1:53 to seal victory

Box score

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Host Binghamton (3-5) held Bucknell to six first-half field goals, built a double-digit lead and fended off the Bison (4-5) at the free throw line for a 64-60 win Friday night from the Events Center. A crowd of 3,515 welcomed home the Bearcats after six straight away games and BU gave them something to cheer about with the team's first win against a Division I opponent this season.

Junior forward Greer Wright converted 6-of-8 free throws in the final 1:17 to preserve the win. After trailing by 13 with 1:41 left, Bucknell nearly rallied by scoring 20 points in the final 1:41. The Bison started intentionally fouling with 1:53 left and BU leading 51-40. After the Bearcats missed two sets of two-shot fouls, Bucknell trimmed its deficit to 55-51 with 49 seconds left. But freshman guard Dylan Talley broke through a double-team trap and fed junior forward Moussa Camara for a breakaway jam with 39 seconds left. Wright then converted four straight free throws but the Bison stayed within striking range. A three-pointer from G.W. Boon pulled Bucknell within two, 62-60, with nine seconds remaining. Camara was then fouled on the inbounds and sank two free throws with six seconds left for the final margin.

Wright, the America East Player of the Game, wound up with game-highs of 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists in 38 minutes. Talley and Camara had 13 points apiece and sophomore center Kyrie Sutton chipped in 11 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes of work. Talley scored 11 of his points in the second half and had six rebounds and two blocks. Camara also recorded three steals.

"Tonight was a great experience and we accepted the challenge," interm head coach Mark Macon said. "Bucknell was a good team and we stood our ground. I commend our team. We played extremely hard."

Binghamton opened the game on a 21-9 run and pushed the margin to 27-13 at intermission as Bucknell was ice cold from the perimter (6-for-25, 1-for-9 three-pointers). Wright scored eight of his points in the opening frame. The Bearcats stretched their lead to 18 midway through the second half (38-20) before a 12-3 run brought the Bison back.

The Bearcats next host Marshall Monday night.

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