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For Immediate Release: December 20, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball overtaken by Manhattan down stretch 86-80
Rivera nets 23 points and BU shoots 50% but Jaspers close strong

Box score

VESTAL, N.Y. -- In a game slowed by 52 fouls and 75 free throw attempts, Darryl Crawford poured in 29 points and visiting Manhattan (6-3) sank 31 free throws to rally past Binghamton (4-4) 86-80 Saturday afternoon from the Events Center. The Bearcats shot 50% and led for most of the game until the Jaspers took the lead for good with 4:48 left. Manhattan then converted 5-of-6 free throws in the final 49 seconds to seal the win.

Binghamton struggled in the closing two minutes of each half, squandering an eight-point lead in the final 2:03 of the first half and then misfiring on 6-of-7 shots in the game's final 1:55. The 86 points allowed were the second most in the five-year history of the Events Center.

"It was a tough game today," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "Our guys didn't fight to the end and our defense was bad. Manhattan got good second-chance shots and they were more hungry today."

Junior guard D.J. Rivera, the leading scorer in the America East (20.3 ppg.), led four players in double-figures with a team-high 23 points. Rivera hit 7-of-12 from the floor and added five rebounds. Senior forward Dwayne Jackson produced 17 points - 12 of those coming in the first half. Senior forward Reggie Fuller and junior guard Emanuel Mayben added 11 points apiece before each fouled out.

In all, BU was whistled for a season-high 31 fouls and Manhattan converted 31-of-45 free throws. The Bearcats were also hampered by 19 turnovers.

Binghamton looked strong in the first half, building a 38-29 lead with 2:03 left before Manhattan ended the period with a 9-0 run that was aided by four BU turnovers. The game, which featured 15 ties and nine lead changes, was even at the break, 38-38.

In the second half, Rivera drilled a pair of three-pointers and Fuller added five points during an opening 15-5 run that put BU ahead 53-43, with 14:31 left. But Manhattan chipped away at the deficit and finally knotted the score at 66-66 with 7:22 remaining. The game was tied 72-72 with 5:00 to play after a Fuller dunk, but Manhattan responded with four free throws in a 45-second span and never relinquished the lead. Two BU starters and three players in all fouled out of the game.

Binghamton welcomes Rider to the Events Center on Tuesday.

NOTES
Rivera was selected as BU's America East Player of the Game ... The Bearcats allowed 90 points in a loss to Akron on December 6, 2006.

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