Immediate Release: January 31, 2004
Playing in front of sellout crowd of 4,660, the Bearcats shot 56% in the second half - thanks primarily to Carter, who hit 6-of-7 from the field over the final 20 minutes, including a key three-pointer with 1:49 left that doubled BU's lead from three to six, 64-58. Carter then sank eight free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal the win.
"It was a fabulous afternoon," head coach Al Walker said. "The support from the community and students was incredible, and the two teams played an intense ball game. We stepped up and made plays down the stretch. We hope this is the beginning of future success in the Events Center."
The atmosphere in the $33.1 million building was electric, from the pre-game festivities to the final horn, as a capacity crowd of 4,460 was buoyed by an addition 200 standing room only patrons who watched from the concourse level. More than 1,200 vocal students took their place behind the south-end basket.
The Bearcats trailed by seven in the first half before rallying to forge a 33-33 tie at the break. In the second half, Carter's layup with 9:33 to play gave Binghamton the lead for good. Hartford cut the deficit to three, 61-58, with 1:59 left, before Carter nailed the huge trey.
In addition to Carter, junior forward Alex Adediran (Covington, Ga.) collected 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes. Junior center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) added eight points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks. Billings was a bucket shy of a rare "triple double," but tied his own school record with the 10 blocks, adn recorded his first rebounds-blocks "double-double" and ninth overall "double-double."
Hartford had four players in double figures, led by senior guard Ryan Stys, who netted 16 points.
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