Immediate Release: February 16, 2011
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Binghamton (7-19, 4-9 AE) shot a season-best 55% and rolled over host Hartford (8-18, 5-8 AE) 77-47 in an America East basketball game Wednesday night from Chase Arena. The win, BU's most lopsided of the season, snapped a nine-game losing skid and moved the Bearcats into eighth place in the league standings.
The Bearcats put four players in double figures, led by junior center Kyrie Sutton, who tallied a game-high 18 points with nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Jimmy Gray drilled 5-of-6 from three-point range en route to 17 points and senior guard Moussa Camara sank 5-of-7 from beyond the arc for 15 points. Senior forward Mahamoud Jabbi produced his sixth double-double in the last eight games with 12 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. That rebound total was the most of any BU player in its 10-year Divisoin I history and was more than Hartford's entire team.
Binghamton owned the glass from the opening whistle and outhustled and outrebounded the Hawks 44-15. In front of a sparse crowd, Hartford shot just 38% and hit just 6-of-27 three-pointers. It was the lowest output of any BU opponent this season.
Up 10 at the half, BU used a 23-7 run early in the second half to put the game away. Gray hit three three-pointers during the run and freshman guard Robert Mansell added five points. From there it was Sutton, who tallied 10 points in the second half.
"We stuck to it tonight," head coach Mark Macon said. "Everything was clicking. We've been playing well but we haven't been able to close. Hartford missed shots. I applaud my guys on that rebound margin. Teams attack us on the glass so we've been working on that. It's good when you see success around the corner and see guys working hard."
The Bearcats were sharp from the onset, jumping out to a 26-12 lead, shooting over 52% and dominating the glass (23-7 rebs). Jabbi was particularly active with six points and 11 rebounds in the first period. Hartford misfired on 12 of its first 13 from beyond the arc (3-of-17 for half) and trailed 30-15 before scoring the final five points of the period to trim its deficit to 10, 30-20, at intermission. It marked just the fourth time in 26 games that BU held a halftime lead. Sutton added eight points and four rebounds for the Bearcats, who were hampered by 12 turnovers and foul trouble for Senior forward Greer Wright, who was whistled for two fouls in a 1:32 span early in the game and was limited to 13 minutes of action.
Binghamton returns home to host Albany at 3 p.m. Sunday.
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