Release: December 1, 2007
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- Rider (5-3) used a 15-2 run early in the second half to forge a double-digit lead and then held off visiting Binghamton (1-6) 81-73 Saturday afternoon from Alumni Gym. Down 66-50 with 5:48 to play, BU staged a ferocious rally, pulling to within four, 71-67, with 1:13 remaining. But the Broncs steadied themselves with 10-of-10 free throw shooting in the final minute to seal the win.
Six-foot-11 senior forward and NBA prospect Jason Thompson scored 15 points but was ejected with 6:14 remaining for an intentional flagrant foul. The Bearcats responded with a 17-5 run that featured 10 points from senior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway).
Rider junior guard Harris Mansell sank 8-of-8 free throws in the final 56 seconds and wound up with 23 points to pace five Broncs in double figures.
After BU was held without a field goal for 7:25 of the second half, the Broncs seemed in control of the game after a 15-2 run pushed their advantage to 57-40 with 9:08 left. But after the ejection, Forbes and BU responded with the big run to climb back into the contest.
"We're fighting until the end," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "We fought hard for 35 minutes but had a five-minute lapse. We're learning to play as a team and I commend my guys. We didn't concede defeat today."
Forbes hit 7-of-17 and made 6-of-6 free throws for a game-high 23 points. He added six steals as BU recorded a season-high 13 thefts in the game.
Sophomore forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half and added eight rebounds. Freshman guard Devon McBride (Richmond, Va.) and junior guard Dwayne Jackson (Akron, Ohio) scored 12 points apiece.
The Bearcats were steady in the first half, forcing 10 Bronc turnovers and showing patience on the offensive end. Binghamton shot 62% from inside the arc but hit just 2-of-15 three-pointers and Rider scored the final six points of the half to take a 35-28 lead into intermission.
Trailing 8-5 four minutes in, BU went on a 10-2 run that featured baskets from four different players - a product of good ball movement. The Bearcats led 15-10 after a jam from junior forward Reggie Fuller (Missouri City, Texas) before Rider responded with a 10-4 run. The Broncs held BU to two field goals in the final 7:00 and began to gain control of the boards, grabbing 11 of the last 14 rebounds to end the half.
Binghamton returns home to play four of its next five games at the Events Center, beginning with a Dec. 5 matchup with Colgate.
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