Release: November 30, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Visiting Canisius (3-2) led by as many as 18 points before holding off Binghamton (1-5) down the stretch for a 55-45 win Tuesday night from the Events Center. Playing in front of 4,302 fans, the Bearcats dug themselves a 16-point halftime deficit and could not recover, though BU cut its margin to as little as seven in the final minutes.
Trailing 43-25 with 9:03 remaining, BU embarked on a 16-5 run to make the score 48-41 with 2:14 left. But Canisius made four free throws in the final 1:39 and the Bearcats missed three jumpers and two free throws to seal their fate.
Senior forward Greer Wright netted a game-high 23 points, but hit just 6-of-16 and missed five of six three-point attempts. Wright had 18 of those points in the second half and converted 10-of-12 free throws. He also led the team with six rebounds. No other Bearcat had more than six points.
Binghamton shot just 30% for the game and hit just 3-of-18 from beyond the arc.
Canisius was led by Elton Frazier and Alshwan Hymes, who tallied 13 and 12 points, respectively.
"We came out with intensity in the second half," head coach Mark Macon said. "We played a little better and I applaud our younger guys. In the first half we weren't attacking the basket ... we were taking too many jumpers. We're slowly getting better."
The Bearcats led 10-8 with 10:56 left in the half but scored just two points the rest of the period and Canisius outscored them 20-2 to end the half. The Griffs went on a 12-0 run that spanned 5:35 to turn the deficit into a double-digit lead. Binghamton couldn't find a rhythm on offense and shot just 22% from the field in the first half, including 2-of-12 from beyond the arc. The Bearcats also committed 12 turnovers, including three offensive charge calls - two of which sent Wright to the bench after only 11 minutes of action.
Wright was selected as the America East Player of the Game, sponsored by Security Mutual Life.
The Bearcats are off for eight days before hosting Hofstra on December 8.
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