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For Immediate Release: December 18, 2010
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball rallies past Cornell on Jabbi jumper, 69-68
Bearcats rally from 12 down, fend off Big Red in closing seconds

Box score

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior forward Mahamoud Jabbi drained an 18-foot jumper from the right corner with 14 seconds left to lift Binghamton (3-6) to a 69-68 comeback win over visiting Cornell (2-7) Saturday afternoon from the Events Center. After Jabbi's jumper, BU withstood three Big Red misses in the paint and a few more tips off the rim in a frantic closing six seconds.

The Bearcats trailed for most of the game and were down 64-60 with 2:30 remaining before Jabbi struck. First he drilled a three-pointer from the corner to pull BU to within one, 64-63, with 2:09 left. A driving layup from senior forward Moussa Camara gave the Bearcats a lead, 65-64, with 1:24 left. The teams then traded free throws - senior forward Greer Wright hitting a pair that gave BU a 67-66 lead with 45 seconds left. Cornell moved the ball on the interior for its final basket - a layup by Mark Coury with 30 seconds left that restored the Big Red's lead, 68-67. But Wright drove the lane on the other end and dished out to Jabbi, who hit the long jumper with a foot on the line for the winning margin.

Cornell had several great looks on its final possession but three jumpers in the lane were off the mark and several other rebound attempts hovered around the rim until the final horn sounded.

The Big Red crafted a 13-point halftime lead after shooting 50 percent in the opening frame. Cornell, which enjoyed a 42-27 margin on the glass, put up 18 more shots and had a 20-2 advantage in second-chance points.

But BU clamped down defensively in the second half, holding Cornell to eight field goals and just 29% shooting.

"The game was all about sheer toughness," head coach Mark Macon said. "It was a great comeback and testament to our guys digging in and taking care of our home court. It was a tale of two halves. Cornell was doing whatever they wanted in the first half and we weren't playing. Then in the second half we pushed up on them and forced them to do things weren't comfortable doing. We settled down and played tough, hard-nosed basketball and got our shots."

Jabbi scored a team-high 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Camara added 12 points and six rebounds. The Bearcats also had three players hit for nine points, including Wright who shook off an 0-for-4 shooting performance and produced seven assists, five steals and five rebounds.

Sophomore guard Jimmy Gray and freshman guard Robert Mansell added nine points as well. Mansell hit 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.

The game was slowed by 39 fouls - 22 in the second half.

Jabbi was selected as the America East Player of the Game, sponsored by Security Mutual Life.

The Bearcats host first-time opponent St. Peter's Tuesday night.

NOTES
The game was just the sixth meeting all-time between two schools separated by less than 50 miles. The Bearcats have won two of the three games in the series since elevating to Division I.

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