Release: January 21, 2010
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Hartford all-conference guard Joe Zeglinski drilled a three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to cap a 13-2 run and give the Hawks (5-14, 3-3 AE) a comeback 64-63 win over visiting Binghamton (7-13, 2-3 AE) Thursday night from Chase Arena. The loss was BU's third in the last four games.
The Bearcats seemed poised for a fourth win in six games, holding a 61-51 lead with 4:34 to play. But BU went scoreless for 4:32 and Hartford rallied behind Zeglinski, who scored seven of his team-high 16 points in the final 3:19. After Zeglinski's three-pointer gave the Hawks the final margin, BU had one last chance. After a timeout (11.6 seconds left) and a Hartford foul (7.5 left), junior guard Chretien Lukusa drove the left side of the lane but his left-handed jumper in traffic banked off the side of the rim with three seconds left. The Hawks recovered the lose ball to seal the win.
The Hawks' comeback spoiled an impressive return to the lineup by freshman guard Dylan Talley, who hit 7-of-7 from the floor for 17 points. Talley had missed the last five games with a leg injury.
Junior forward Greer Wright produced 17 points, six rebounds and five assists and hit a tough 12 foot baseline jumper that snapped a 61-all tie with 22 seconds remaining. Sophomore center Kyrie Sutton hit 5-of-7 for 10 points in just 15 minutes of action and junior forward Moussa Camara chipped in eight points.
"Hartford did an outstanding job closing out the game," interim head coach Mark Macon said. "This is a hard one. Sometimes you feel like you are making the steps and then it feels like to take three or four steps back. I think we wanted to celebrate after Greer's shot but we got excited in the moment. We missed an assignment on one of the most dangerous guys on the floor (Zeglinski)."
The Bearcats shot 51% for the game but put Hartford in the bonus with more than seven minutes left and the Hawks converted 9-of-11 from the line to keep within striking range until Zeglinski's heroics. Binghamton, which leads the conference in shooting inside the arc but is last in three-point percentage, made just 3-of-16 long-range attempts.
Binghamton trailed 30-23 late in the first half before embarking on a 10-2 run to close the period. Wright fed Sutton for a jam to begin the run with 4:29 left and also hit a tough fadeaway 14 footer. The stretch also featured four points from Camara - including a steal-and-jam sequence. Wright wound up with 11 points in the stanza and BU shot 50%.
The Bearcats return home Sunday to host league-leading Vermont.
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