Release: December 28, 2007
BRONX, N.Y. -- Senior forward Bryant Dunston scored a game-high 24 points and Fordham (6-5) held off visiting Binghamton (3-8) 72-60 Friday night from Rose Hill Gym. The Bearcats trailed by 17 early in the second half before staging a ferocious rally that ultimately stalled in the final four minutes.
Down 44-27 with 18:12 to play, BU embarked on a 20-2 run to take its only lead, 47-46, with 10:45 left. The Bearcats held their hosts without a field goal for 7:55. But Dunston, an 6-foot-8 post player and NBA prospect, muscled in for a layup and then dropped in unlikely back-to-back three-pointers from the top of the key to stretch the Rams' lead back to five, 54-49. The closest BU came after that was when senior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway) swished in a 40-footer as the shot clock expired, cutting the decifit to 62-60 with 4:55 left. But those were BU's last points of the game and Fordham answered with a three-pointer and then hit five free throws in the final 2:54 to secure the win.
"We played as tough as we could," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "But we got off to a slow start and it was very hard to overcome."
Sophomore forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) produced his fifth double-double of the season and eighth of his career with a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds. Forbes hit 4-of-7 three-pointers en route to 14 points. Junior guard Dwayne Jackson (Akron, Ohio) added 13 points.
The Bearcats were off the mark in the first half, digging themselves a 10-point deficit less than five minutes into the contest. Binghamton missed eight of its first 11 shots and Fordham, which shot 54% in the half, opened up a 23-10 lead with 8:43 to play. Despite 10 points from Trifunovic, BU shot just 36% in the period and produced the lowest scoring output and largest halftime deficit of the season, 39-22.
Binghamton returns home to host St. Bonaventure at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
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