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For Immediate Release: February 2, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball slips from first place with 71-62 loss to Hartford
Hawks shoot 72% in second half to hold off Bearcats

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Visiting Hartford (11-13, 5-4 America East) shot 72% in the second half and quieted a record crowd of 4,902 with a 71-62 win over Binghamton (10-11, 6-3 AE) Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The attendance was the largest regular season total in school history and third-highest figure in the building's five-year history.

"They wanted it more than us today," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "They outworked us and played a much better second half than us and that was the difference."

Hartford trailed 27-25 at the break but hit 13-of-18 shots in the second half to snap both Binghamton's five-game win streak and its six-game home string.

Joe Zeglinski scored 14 of his game-high 21 points in the second half and Morgan Sabia added 12 of his 15 in the final stanza for the Hawks, who completed a season-sweep of the Bearcats. With Hartford ahead 55-54 with 4:09 remaining, the pair led a 9-2 Hawks run that built a 64-56 lead with 1:25 left. Hartford then sank 7-of-8 free throws in the final 0:58 to seal the win. Zeglinski, the Hawks' America East Player of the Game, drained a three-pointer to open the run, and Sabia also knocked in a trey.

Sophomore forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia), BU's Player of the Game, produced a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds and senior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) added 12 points in 19 minutes off the bench. But the Bearcats connected on just 4-of-19 shots from beyond the arc and couldn't make the key defensive stops down the stretch. Going into the game, BU, the league's top defensive team, had held five straight opponents under 61 points.

Junior forward Reggie Fuller (Missouri City, Texas) added 11 rebounds, six points and pair of blocks.

Binghamton, which falls a game behind first-place UMBC (7-2), hosts Vermont (6-3) on Wednesday.

NOTES
Trifunovic's double-double was his seventh of the season and 10th in two years ... the attendance of 4,902 ranks third behind the 5,222 for BU's America East quarterfinal win over Albany on March 5, 2005 and the 5,003 for the team's semifinal loss to Vermont the next day.

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