Release: February 23, 2008
RIVERDALE, N.Y. -- Playing without two starters, visiting Binghamton (13-14) stretched an eight-point halftime lead and defeated Manhattan (11-16) 66-56 Saturday afternoon at Draddy Gymnasium. The game was originally part of the ESPNU Bracketbuster series and is the final non-conference game for the Bearcats.
"Our guys stepped up to the plate today," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "We played our A-game. I was happy with the way we defended in both halves."
Senior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway) scored a game-high and tied his career-best with 27 points on 12-for-21 shooting and two three pointers. Forbes scored 15 points in the first half.
Senior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) had a stellar all-around game with 20 points on 6-for-9 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Gordon also shot 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
The Bearcats controlled the second half, never letting the Jaspers get within more than seven after the 15-minute mark of the game. Binghamton hit 5-of-6 free throws within the final minute to secure the victory.
The Bearcats trailed the Jaspers 20-14 with 8:25 remaining in the first half but closed the period on an 20-6 run. During a 55 second span at the end of the spurt Gordon knocked down back-to-back three pointers and then made a steal and a dish to freshman guard Chretien Lukusa (Toronto, Ontario) for a lay-up to take a 34-26 halftime lead.
Freshman guard Chris Smith paced the Jaspers with 14 points while sophomore guard Antoine Pearson netted 12.
Binghamton hosts longtime SUNY rival Albany on Wednesday in a key game for America East tournament positioning.
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