Immediate Release: November 29, 2003
Contact: David Berman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bearcats fall to Loyola Marymount at Mohegan Sun Classic
NEW BRITAIN, Conn.--Binghamton (1-3) managed just eight field goals over the final 20 minutes and Loyola Marymount (3-0) advanced to the championship game of the Mohegan Sun Classic with a 67-56 victory on Saturday afternoon at Detrick Gymnasium. The loss bumps the Bearcats to tomorrow afternoon's consolation game. Binghamton will play at 1 p.m. against Charleston Southern (1-2), which was defeated in today's second game by the host Blue Devils (1-0) 66-55.
Binghamton trailed just 46-45 after a three-pointer by Brandon Carter (McPherson, Kan.) with 13:39 remaining, but the Bearcats made just one field goal over the next 12 minutes and could not find an equalizer for a Loyola team that turned the ball over just eight times and sealed the win with 6-of-7 free throws in the second half.
Carter led the Bearcats with a career-high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting. The senior sharp-shooter drilled 4-of-5 three-pointers and also grabbed seven rebounds. Seven-foot junior center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, and eight blocks.
The Bearcats shot 50 percent in the first half and led 10-4 in the opening minutes. However, a three-pointer by Loyola's Keith Kincade with 9:43 left in the period gave the Lions the lead for good at 22-20. Kincade had a game-high 22 points and sophomore center Chris Ayer totaled 10 points and seven rebounds.
Binghamton had a big advantage on the glass for the third time in four games, as the Bearcats outrebounded Loyola 38-27. However, Binghamton was ultimately done in by 20 turnovers and 29.6 percent shooting in the second half.
NOTES: The Bearcats trailed 34-32 at halftime ... the team has lost 27 straight games when trailing at the half since a 60-52 win over Stony Brook on December 29, 2001.
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