Immediate Release: March 6, 2004
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Binghamton loses to Maine 79-77 in overtime in America East Conference quarterfinals
VESTAL, N.Y.-- In a hotly-contested America East Conference Tournament quarterfinal game, junior Joe Campbell nailed two free throws with 3.9 seconds remaining in overtime, lifting Maine to a 79-77 win over Binghamton at the Walter Brown Arena in Boston. The Black Bears went 6-for-6 from the line in the final 59 seconds to pull out the win.
"Our guys competed hard and had a chance to win," Binghamton head coach Al Walker said. "I tip my hat off to Maine. They played a terrific game and proved throughout the course of the year that they are a little better than us."
The game was tied 77-77 with time running out in the overtime period when Maine's Eric Dobson launched a three-point shot that missed. In the ensuing scramble for the rebound, freshman guard Troy Haley (Hyattsville, Md./ Montrose Christian) was called for a foul and Campbell sank the decisive free throws.
Things looked grim for Binghamton early in the second half, as Maine built a 53-41 lead with 12:58 left to go in the second half. From there, however, the Bearcats went on a 19-7 run in a span of 5:19 to tie the game up at 60-60. Binghamton then took a 68-63 lead with 1:35 remaining in the second half, but was unable to put the Black Bears away and the game went into overtime.
Leading 75-73 with 57 seconds remaining in overtime, junior guard Billy Williams (Milwaukee, Wisc./Bay View) was whistled for a foul and junior center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska/ Kodiak) was whistled for a technical foul for arguing the call. Maine sank all four free throws to take a 77-75 lead. Sophomore guard Joel Casseus (Montreal, Canada/Dunton) tied the game with 41 seconds to go in overtime before the Black Bears drew the decisive foul of the game.
Billings and senior guard Brandon Carter (McPherson, Kan./McPherson) finished with 20 points each for Binghamton while Troy Haley added 11 points.
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