Immediate Release: November 16, 2006
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (email@example.com)
basketball battles past host Niagara 74-66
24 points carries Bearcats to first victory
UNIV., N.Y. - Junior guard Richard Forbes
(Far Rockaway, N.Y.) netted a career-high 24 points, including
four-of-six from three-point range, to lead visiting Binghamton
(1-1) to a 74-66 victory over Niagara (0-1) in a men's college
basketball game Thursday night from the Gallagher Center.
Leading 55-53 with just over seven minutes to play in the second
half, BU used a 15-4 run to pull away from the host Purple Eagles
en route to its first victory of the 2006-07 season.
The exclamation point of the spurt came as Forbes fed senior
forward Duane James (Miami, Fla.), who
exploded through the lane for an emphatic slam dunk to make it
68-57 and thwart any Niagara hopes for a late rally. James finished
the evening with 10 points and 10 rebounds for his second career
"Tonight was just a great overall effort for our team,"
head coach Al Walker said. "The last two years we've struggled
out of the gate. So this is a very significant win for us."
Forbes, who paced four Bearcats to score in double figures, delivered
a terrific all-around effort, finishing with nine rebounds, a
team-high three assists and an 8-of-9 mark from the charity stripe.
Junior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield,
N.J.) added 15 points and four treys of his own before fouling
out late in the contest for Binghamton, while senior guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) chipped
in with 12 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes of action.
BU struggled at the onset for the second consecutive contest,
hitting on only three of its first 19 field goal attempts, falling
into a 14-5 hole midway through the first half. This time around,
however, the Bearcats would regain their shooting touch, nailing
10 of their next 17 as part of a 25-11 surge that saw them close
out the half with a 34-31 advantage.
Spearheading the surge was the stellar outside shooting of both
Forbes and Gordon, as the pair of junior guards combined to hit
on 6-of -12 (50%) three point field goals in the contest's first
frame. BU finished the game shooting 40 percent (8-of-20) from
beyond the arc, while the host Purple Eagles were 5-of-34 (14.8%).
Niagara put three players in double figures, led by senior forward
Clif Brown, who racked up a doule-double with 19 points and a
game-high 21 rebounds. Senior forward J.R. Duffey added 14 points
and seven rebounds in the losing effort.
Binghamton will host Mt. St. Mary's (Md.) in the team's home
opener on Monday at 7 p.m. from the Events Center.
NOTES: Tonight's contest marked just the second
meeting between the two teams. Niagara won the series opener;
71-56, last year at the Events Center...BU's six first-half three
pointers fell two shy of its program-best total (8, at North
Carolina, 12-16-01)...Binghamton's bench outscored the host Purple
Eagles by an impressive 38-4 margin...The win gave Al Walker
his 80th victory at BU...Binghamton now owns a 1-1all-time record
against the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC)...Brown's
21 rebounds were the most by a Binghamton opponent since the
program moved to the Division I level.