Immediate Release: January 4, 2004
VESTAL, N.Y. - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (7-5) overcame 32 turnovers to hold off Binghamton (4-8) 56-47 in a sloppy non-conference game Sunday afternoon at West Gym.
For the second time in three days, the Bearcats played 40 minutes without ever holding the lead, and despite mounting a late comeback, the team's offensive woes were apparent. Corpus Christi had its problems as well, but used a 45-20 rebounding margin to its advantage. The teams combined for 54 turnovers.
"It was a poor display of Division I basketball today," head coach Al Walker said.
The Bearcats missed 10 of their first 12 shots and committed nine turnovers in the game's opening 11 minutes, allowing Corpus Christi to build an early 18-point margin. With 6:35 remaining in the first half, BU had mustered just three field goals. A 14-2 run helped reduce the halftime hole to nine, 32-23.
In the second half, the Islanders held a 45-34 lead with 13:17 to play before a 13-4 BU run trimmed the margin to two, 49-47, with 3:22 left. The Bearcats' rally stalled in the final three minutes, however, as the team misfired on its last four shots and turned the ball over three times in the final 2:23.
Sophomore walk-on Louie Karis (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was the lone bright spot offensively, for Binghamton. The 6-foot-1 guard hit on 4-of-7 three-pointers for a career-high 12 points. Nine of those points came in the first half as the Bearcats struggled to stay in the game. Binghamton's five starters combined for just 22 points.
Corpus Christi was led by the brother tandem of Travis and Thomas Bailey. Travis scored 14 points and Thomas collected 10 points and seven rebounds.
Binghamton resumes its America East Conference schedule on Wednesday when the Bearcats host Maine at 7 p.m. at West Gym.
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