Release: November 27, 2007
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Cornell (4-1) built a 13-point halftime lead and held off visiting Binghamton (1-5) 73-68 Tuesday night from Newman Arena. The Bearcats held their hosts 15 points under their scoring average and shot 63% from inside the arc, but converted just 7-of-24 three-point attempts and suffered the team's fourth straight defeat.
Binghamton trailed 69-56 with 2:32 left but closed the contest with a 12-4 run before running out of time.
"We left it out there," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "We played as hard as we could and I'm proud of our effort. The young guys stepped up and we're going to go with those guys and hope they figure it out quickly. We have to defend a little better, but that's a very good team (Cornell). We're just working to get better for the America East schedule."
Binghamton received numerous contributions from bench players. Freshman forward Moussa Camara (Paris, France) chipped in 12 points, freshman guard Brandon Herbert (Baltimore, Md.) added 10 points in 13 minutes of work and junior forward Reggie Fuller (Missouri City, Texas) produced six blocks and five steals.
The Bearcats jumped out to an early 11-2 lead but the Big Red chipped away and then closed out the period on a 22-8 run to forge a 43-30 lead at intermission. McBride scored 13 points, Trifunovic added 10 points and BU shot 54% in the opening stanza, but Cornell turned eight Bearcats turnovers into 19 points to build the 13-point cushion.
Binghamton heads to Lawrenceville, N.J. on Saturday to play the final game of a three-game road trip against Rider.
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