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Bearcats fall to Boston University 85-82 in front of jammed West Gym

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VESTAL, N.Y. - Visiting Boston University (14-7, 9-1 AE) drained 13 three-pointers and withstood a late Binghamton (11-10, 6-5 AE) rally to post an 85-82 win in front of a sellout crowd of 2,675 at West Gym Sunday afternoon. The game, the America East TV Game of the Week, lived up to its billing right to the final horn, when Binghamton had the ball in its hands but could not get off a potential game-tying shot in the closing seconds.

"It was a great basketball game," Binghamton head coach Al Waker said. "Boston came in here and leaves with my deepest respect. They really impressed me with their club. We did a lot of good things today. I'm proud of how we came back from such a big deficit in the first half."

The first-placeTerriers, the defending America East champions, led by as many as 20 points in the first half, thanks primarily to sizzling outside shooting. Boston nailed 8-of-12 three-pointers in the opening period, and took a 41-28 lead into intermission. That lead was fueled by a 16-1 run that featured eight points from junior guard Matt Turner (West Haven, Conn./St. Thomas More). Turner and sophomore forward Rashad Bell (Queens, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) each nailed a trio of three-pointers in the first half.

Binghamton opened the second half with a 22-6 run, and the Bearcats trailed 50-47, with 12:50 to play. Boston junior forward Ryan Butt (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) responded with a three-pointer from the wing, and the Terriers quickly bumped their lead back up to double figures. Binghamton trailed 81-71 with 0:58 left before an 11-4 run cut the margin to 85-82 with two seconds remaining. Sophomore forward Billy Williams (Milwaukee, Wis./Bay View) nailed a three-pointer with four seconds left, and after two Boston misses by sophomore Chaz Carr (Manchester, Conn.), Williams raced upcourt but couldn't get off a final shot.

Binghamton sophomore center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) was a force on both ends of the floor. The seven-footer produced a career-high 19 points, a school-record 10 blocked shots and eight rebounds. Senior guard Anthony Green (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown) led all scorers with 20 points, but hit just 7-of-21 shots, including a 1-for-6 first half.

Boston had six players in double figures, led by Bell with 16. Senior forward Billy Collins (Concord, N.H./Bishop Brady) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Bearcats head to Burlington, Vt. on Wednesday night for a 7 p.m. matchup with the Catamounts. Last Sunday Binghamton defeated Vermont 61-50 at West Gymnasium.

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