Immediate Release: December 18, 2006
Junior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) scored a game- and career-high 27 points and senior guard Steve Proctor (Largo, Md.) added 20 points, including four in the final 1:47 as BU held off the Hurricanes, who scored the first basket of the game but never led by more than two points the rest of the way. Instead it was the Bearcats, who shot a season-best 57%, and showed great moxy in answering every challenge in the closing minutes.
"It was a great win for our program," head coach Al Walker said. "We made shots and grabbed some big rebounds down the stretch. Richard and Steve were terrific. I'm so proud of our guys."
Miami took its last lead, 67-65, with 5:21 remaining, but BU quickly answered with two straight baskets to regain its margin. Forbes converted a driving layup with 3:03 left for a 71-68 lead, and answered a Miami make with a 12-footer with 2:16 remaining. Proctor then took over in the closing two minutes, converting a fast-break layup with 1:47 left for a 75-70 cushion, and then grabbing a key defensive rebound and sinking two free throws with 20 seconds left. Senior guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) sealed the win with a defensive rebound and two free throws with 9.4 seconds left for the final margin.
Forbes was unstoppable in the first half, when he scored 15 points - thanks primarily to 3-of-4 marksmanship from three-point range. He wound up 9-for-13, and added four assists and three steals.
"We worked too hard to NOT win this game," Forbes said. "We stuck together and everything just clicked tonight. This was my one chance to show that I could play at this level, because coming out of high school people doubted my skills. I just wanted to help the team as much as possible."
The start of the game didn't look too promising for BU, which was whistled for five fouls in the first four minutes and 16 fouls in the first half - including four on Hailey and three on Proctor. With BU's starting guards in foul trouble, Forbes came off the bench and took the game over, continuing his torrid scoring streak. He is averaging 22.3 points in his last three games - all BU wins.
Freshman forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) had another strong showing with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting. He sank a variety of jump hooks in the lane and twice hit baskets in the final 6:32 that gave the Bearcats the lead.
Senior forward Duane James (Miami, Fla.), playing in his hometown, pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
Binghamton next travels to Albuquerque for the New Mexico Comcast Lobo Invitational on December 28-29. The Bearcats will square off against Pepperdine in a first round game at 10:15 p.m. (ET) on December 28.
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