basketball vs. Northeastern
Mass.--Binghamton's (10-8, 5-3 AE) offense was off kilter in
Boston, and host Northeastern (10-10, 3-4 AE) led for virtually
the entire game en route to a 59-48 win. The 48 points were the
fewest since BU was held to 37 in a 62-37 loss at Columbia on
Jan. 7, 2001.
"Northeastern played a terrific game," said BU head
coach Al Walker. "We had good shots that didn't go down,
and Northeastern did a nice job at the end of the game controlling
the clock and taking care of the ball. We weren't as good as
we needed to be on the road."
The Huskies scored the game's first eight points and the last
eight points of the first half, building a 37-28 lead at the
break. Binghamton cut the margin to four, 41-37, with 12:09 remaining
on a three-pointer by senior guard Charles Baker (Missouri
City, Texas), but then went scoreless for nearly five minutes,
and Northeastern extended the lead to 11 with 4:25 to play.
mini 5-0 run by the Bearcats cut the deficit to six, 54-48, with
3:12 left, but BU went scoreless the rest of the way. The Huskies
sank five free throws in the final 1:03 to seal the win.
Baker led Binghamton with a season-high 14 points on the strength
of 4-for-7 shooting from behind the three-point arc. Senior forward
Stanley Ocitti (Cambridge, Mass.) was the only other Bearcat
in double figures, recording 12 points in just eight minutes
on the floor. Seven-foot sophomore center Nick Billings (Kodiak,
Alaska) matched a season-high with eight blocked shots. Binghamton's
leading scorer, senior guard Anthony Green (Philadelphia,
Pa.) was held to 3-of-13 shooting and a season-low seven
points, 10 below his season average of 17.4 entering the game.
Binghamton committed 23 turnovers, 13 of which came in the first
half, and was outrebounded 44-40 on the night. It was just the
second time in 10 games that the Bearcats were outrebounded.
"We turned the ball over too much and did not rebound as
well as we needed to," Walker said.
Binghamton returns home on Sunday at 1 p.m. for a pivotal game
with Vermont. The Catamount moved into a tie for first place
in America East with a victory over New Hampshire that improved
their record to 6-2. Binghamton is in third place with a 5-3