Release: January 15, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (email@example.com)
Gordon's last second layup lifts BU men's basketball over Hartford
co-captain hits high bank with one-tenth of a second left
WEST HARTFORD, CONN. - Junior
guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.)
converted a high-bank layup with one tenth of a second left to
give visiting Binghamton (9-9, 2-4 America East) a 57-55 victory
over Hartford (9-8, 3-2 AE) in a men's basketball game Monday
night from Chase Family Arena. Remarkably, Gordon's final-second
heroics were an exact repeat of last January 19, when his buzzer-beating
layup stunned the Hawks by the same score on the same court.
"We just tried to get
Mike the ball with a full head of steam," head coach Al
Walker said of the final play. "He pushed it hard into the
seam and rose up that running right-hander that he has."
Earlier, Gordon drained both
ends of a 1-and-1 to give the Bearcats a 55-52 lead with 26 seconds
left. But after senior guard Steve Proctor missed the front end
of a 1-and-1 with 20 seconds left, the Hawks came downcourt and
nailed a game-tying three-pointer with 0:8 left. After a Binghamton
timeout with six ticks left, Gordon got the ball and drove down
the right side of the lane before lofting his familiar high-bank
shot. The ball rattled around the rim before falling as the horn
"It was a big win for
us," Walker said. "We did some good things defensively
- we battled wonderfully. It was very important for us to get
back on the positive side."
Binghamton's defense held Hartford
without a field goal for a 12-minute stretch that spanned both
halves. The Bearcats, who held a 29-27 lead at the break, went
on a 10-0 run early in the second half to build a nine-point
Trailing 38-29, freshman guard Joe Zeglinski ignited a 13-1 Hartford
run to give the Hawks a 45-41 advantage with under nine minutes
left to play. BU came right back with a 12-4 run of its own,
punctuated by a two-handed slam from junior forward Giovanni
Olomo (Yaounde, Cameroon) off a terrific feed from classmate
Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway, N.Y.)with
1:57 to play.
Sophomore guard Jaret Von Rosenberg nailed a three-pointer with
1:08 remaining and then the teams traded turnovers in the final
40 seconds before Brian Glowiak drained a three at the top of
the key with eight seconds remaining to even things at 55-55
and set the stage for Gordon's dramatic deja vu.
Forbes led Binghamton with
12 points. Senior guard Steve Proctor
(Largo, Md.) and Gordon added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Freshman forward Lazar Trifunovic
(Belgrade, Serbia) added nine rebounds and six points.
After shooting 35.8% over its last three contests, Binghamton
got off to a strong start, connecting on 10 of its first 15 field
goal attempts and converting 52% for the half.
Hartford was equally as impressive at the onset, converting nine
of its first 18 tries, before closing the half by missing nine
of their final 10 attempts.
Von Rosenberg and Joe Zeglinski tallied 16 points apiece to pace
Binghamton returns home to take on New Hampshire on Thursday
at the Events Center.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak...BU is now 5-6
in the all-time series against Hartford, including a 2-4 mark
at Chase Arena
Gordon has now started 61 consecutive games.
He also has now recorded at least one assist in 52 straight games...Hailey
is 19 points (981) from becoming the 17th member of BU's 1,000
point club and the first at the DI level...The win is Binghamton's
75th at the DI level and 556th overal in school history.