lose to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 72-68 in season finale
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas--The Bearcats (14-13) led for the first 34 minutes of the game, but Corpus Christi (14-15) used its rebounding edge and subsequent free throw edge to defeat Binghamton 72-68 in the season finale for both teams.
The Islanders outrebounded the Bearcats 43-32 and made 16-of-18 free throws in the second half, including their final 11 attempts of the game. Corpus Christi took its first lead of the game, 60-58 with 6:04 left in the contest. It capped a 14-6 run by the Islanders.
The Bearcats trailed 68-63 with two minutes remaining before climbing back to tie the game at 68-68. Senior forward Jeffrey St. Fort (Miami, Fla.) was fouled on a three-point attempt, and made all three free throws. After a stop on the defensive end, senior guard Anthony Green (Philadelphia, Pa.) knotted the score with a pair of foul shots with 1:27 remaining. The game remained tied until Corpus Christi's Corey Lamkin took an alley-oop feed with 54 seconds left and dunked for what would be the difference in the game.
The Bearcats misfired on a potential go-ahead shot with just over a minute left, and had two chances to tie the game in the final seconds. BU inbounded the ball under its own basket with 8.7 seconds showing on the clock, but fell short on a long jumper. The Islanders sank two free throws with 2.6 seconds remaining to seal the game.
"Corpus Christi played better than we did," head coach Al Walker said. "We came a long way out here but we didn't play a very good basketball game and that's too bad."
Senior forward Stanley Ocitti (Cambridge, Mass.) scored a career-high 17 points in his final collegiate game, while St. Fort added 12 points and fellow senior Charles Baker (Missouri City, Texas) added 10 points. Seven-foot sophomore center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) was in foul trouble from the very beginning of the game. He was limited to a season-low 11 minutes and fouled out with 7:26 left in the second half. Binghamton made just one field goal after Billings fouled out, and missed its last five shots. The Bearcats shot only 37% in the second half.
The Bearcats close out their second Division I campaign with a 14-13 overall record. Binghamton also finished 9-7 in conference play and are guaranteed no worse than a fourth-place finish in the conference. In his third year at Binghamton, head coach Al Walker led the Bearcats to their third season of at least 14 wins in the last four years.
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