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For Immediate Release: January 9, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball falls to Hartford in final seconds 80-79
Jackson scored career-high 24 points; BU drains season-high 13 threes

Box Score

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Warren McLendon made two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to lift Hartford (7-9, 1-0 AE) to a 80-79 win over visiting Binghamton (5-10, 1-2 AE) in an America East game Wednesday night from Chase Arena.

In a wild finish, BU rallied from eight down in the final 2:37 and took a 79-78 lead when junior Milos Klimovic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) rattled in a three-pointer with eight seconds left. But McLendon was fouled on a post move to the basket and swished in the foul shots to win the game. Senior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.), who had beaten the Hawks on buzzer-beaters two straight years at Chase Arena, was off the mark on a desperation 35-footer as the horn sounded. The loss keeps Binghamton winless on the road this season (0-8).

The Bearcats led 39-32 at half but Hartford opened the second half with a 20-8 run and followed shortly thereafter with a 10-0 run to build a 62-50 lead with 9:43 left. Binghamton began to heat up from the outside but with Hartford in the bonus early, the teams traded points with three straight BU three-pointers diminished by Hawks free throws on the other end. Hartford scored 14 of its last 16 points from the line and hit just one field goal in the final 7:56.

Junior guard Dwayne Jackson (Akron, Ohio) scored a career- and game-high 24 points and BU drained a season-high 13 three-pointers (13-of-25). Jackson, BU's America East Player of the Game, sank 12-of-13 free throws and added seven rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes off the bench.

Gordon netted 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and Klimovic added 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc.

The Bearcats were hurt by 19 turnovers and 21 fouls.

"We scapped and fought but we needed to have that same sense of urgency that we showed in the last four minutes throughout the entire second half," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "Once our guys figure that out we'll be tough to beat."

The Bearcats lit up Hartford's zone in the first half, using a 22-6 run to forge a 39-32 lead at the break. Binghamton nailed six of its first eight three-pointers but committed 12 turnovers, which stifled any chance of a big lead. Gordon tallied 12 points, Jackson had 10 points and five rebounds and Klimovic nailed 3-of-6 three-pointers in the opening period. As a team, BU converted 8-of-14 three-pointers to tie a team record for most 3s in a half (most against an America East opponent).

Binghamton next heads to Albany for a matchup on Saturday with the two-time reigning America East champion Great Danes.

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