Release: February 22, 2007
three-pointer lifts Binghamton men's basketball past Hartford
VESTAL, N.Y. - Junior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) nailed a three-pointer with 22 seconds remaining and then sank a free throw with one second to lift Binghamton (13-15, 6-10 America East) to a 55-53 win over visiting Hartford (12-16, 6-9 AE) in an America East Conference men's basketball game Thursday night from the Events Center. It was Gordon's third game-winning shot this season and third against Hartford in the last four meetings between the two schools.
After trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, Hartford rallied to take a 53-50 lead with 1:28 remaining. Binghamton made one free throw with 1:01 left and after a Hawks turnover at the other end, Gordon stroked his 100th career three-pointer from the top of the key. Hartford's last-ditch three-point attempt was short and after a tie-up and ensuing BU possession, Gordon hit 1-of-2 free throws for the final margin.
"It was a great win on Senior Night," head coach Al Walker said. "To get out of the pigtail game (first round conference tournament game) and go into the tournament winning three of our last four is super. We're playing our best basketball right now."
Gordon's heroics rescued the Bearcats, who went went nearly seven minutes without a field goal in the second half and made just four field goals in the final 12 minutes. He scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half, and added to his America East steals lead with three more thefts.
Senior guard Steve Proctor (Largo, Md.) scored 17 points to place three BU players in double figures. Freshman forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) added 10 points and a team-high five assists.
Hartford was led by Bo Taylor, who tallied game-highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bearcats were sluggish out of the gate, falling behind 11-0 after missing their first six shots. Binghamton responded however, with a 17-5 run to battle back and then closed out the half with an 8-1 run to take a 27-21 lead into intermission. Proctor drained three three-pointers in the final 8:31 and scored 11 of his points in the first half.
Binghamton has ended its regular season and will now await its postseason seed and first-round opponent as the rest of the America East wraps up its final weekend of play.
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