For Immediate Release: December 12, 2009
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BU men's basketball denied win at Drake 77-76 at buzzer
Bearcats' brilliant second half negated by foul call in closing seconds

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Host Drake (5-5) was awarded two free throws on a controversial block call with 4.4 seconds remaining and the ensuing two points lifted the Bulldogs over scrappy Binghamton (3-7) 77-76 Saturday night at the Drake Invitational. A final runner in the lane was too strong at the buzzer for BU, which shot 69% and nailed 9-of-12 three-pointers in a spirited second-half comeback.

Freshman guard Dylan Talley swished in a three-pointer from the left wing with 9.2 seconds left, giving BU a 76-75 lead and putting the Bearcats on the brink of an upset over the Missouri Valley Conference Bulldogs. But Drake guard Josh Young was given two free throws on a block call whistled against a stationary Umur Peten near the free throw line. After the two makes, BU raced up the floor and junior forward Greer Wright got into the lane before his runner in traffic rolled off the back iron as the buzzer sounded.

Junior guard Chretien Lukusa struck for a career-high 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting thanks primarily to 5-for-8 accuracy from beyond the arc. Down nine at the break, Lukusa spearheaded a second-half turnaround that featured a 22-10 run. He nailed four three-pointers in a 5:02 span - the last of which gave the Bearcats a 72-69 lead with 3:15 to play. Drake led 75-73 with 36 seconds left before a turnover gave the ball back to BU and set up Talley's clutch shot.

"We played extremely well," interm head coach Mark Macon said. "We showed resilience and fight. I don't believe in 'moral' victories but this is as close to one as you can get."

Talley scored 10 of his season-high 17 points in the second half on 7-of-11 accuracy. Sophomore center Kyrie Sutton and junior forward Moussa Camara added 12 points apiece and Wright chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

After struggling with their shooting in the first half, BU wound up at 51% marksmanship for the game. Missed free throws haunted the Bearcats, who left at least 11 points at the charity stripe (8-for-19).

The Bulldogs exploded out of the gate with a 15-2 run to open the game. Drake hit 8-of-11 field goals to start, including five three-pointers in a 4:19 span to build a 23-9 cushion. But BU battled back, with Lukusa striking for eight first-half points to help the Bearcats cut the margin to single digits. Down 30-15 with 4:38 to play, BU used threes from Lukusa and Talley to produce a 10-4 run that closed the gap to within nine, 34-25 at intermission.

The Bearcats finish up the tournament with a game against South Dakota Sunday afternoon.

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