Immediate Release: December 15, 2006
The Bearcats seemed destined for a fourth straight defeat as they trailed by 16 midway through the second half and were down 72-63 with 6:52 left. But BU embarked on a 14-5 run to tie the score at 77-77 with 3:42 remaining and Forbes took over. He scored eight consecutive points beginning with a three-pointer with 2:18 left which gave BU the lead for good. Forbes followed with yet another three with 1:31 left and a driving layup in traffic to stretch Binghamton's lead to 85-77 with 50 seconds left. The Bearcats then sank six free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal the win.
"We certainly played harder in the second half." head coach Al Walker said. "I'm so proud of the guys. We showed a lot of character. This was a game where down the stretch, we had the energy, passion and commitment to make plays."
In the second half, BU hit 24-of-26 free throws (92%) as both teams traded trips to the free throw line. For the game, 59 fouls were called and five players fouled out of the game.
Senior guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) scored 12 of his season-high 19 points in the second half and senior guard Steve Proctor (Largo, Md.) added 13 of his season-high 17 points in the final frame. Proctor sank 10-of-11 free throws to boost his total, and he added six assists and four steals. Junior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) was BU's fourth player in double figures with 15 points. Gordon also produced four assists and three steals.
Senior guard James Williams scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Blackbirds.
begins a four-game road swing to close out 2006 that will take
them to Florida and to the University of New Mexico Holiday Tournament.
The Bearcats first travel to North Florida for a 7 p.m. game
on December 18 and will then play Atlantic Coast Conference member
Miami at 7:30 p.m. on December 20.
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