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For Immediate Release: November 28, 2009
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball comes up short at Rider 58-50
Bearcats lead most of game before Broncs seize win late

Box score

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- Host Rider (4-3) closed the game with a 11-2 run to overtake Binghamton (2-5) 58-50 Saturday night from Alumni Gymnasium. The visiting Bearcats played their most complete game of the young season and led for most of the game before the Broncs rallied in the closing three minutes.

Binghamton led by 11 points early in the second half and held a 48-47 lead with less than three minutes remaining before Rider rallied. The Broncs drained a three-pointer with 2:22 to take the lead for good and after a BU miss at the offensive end, converted a fast break layup to push the margin to 52-48. An offensive board led to another layup and then the Broncs added four free throws in the final 53 seconds to seal the win. The Bearcats managed just one field goal in the game's final 3:38 and committed two turnovers in the final minute.

In all, BU had 19 turnovers, which spoiled the team's best shooting performance of the season (22-for-42, 52%). After going 0-for-12 from three-point range in the first half, Rider hit 7-of-11 in the second half.

Sophomore center Kyrie Sutton kept BU in the game in the closing minutes, scoring eight straight BU points in a 2:55 span - the last dunk put the Bearcats back on top for the final time, 48-47 with 3:39 left. Sutton wound up with 12 points and six rebounds in just 15 minutes of action.

Junior forward Umur Peten led BU with 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Peten scored nine of those in the first half. Junior forward Greer Wright added seven points and six rebounds before fouling out with 3:12 left.

"That's a good tbasketball eam," interm head coach Mark Macon said of Rider. "They came at us hard in the second half and we just couldn't match up up with them at times. But this performance gives us hope. We just have to work through some things. I applaud our guys though. We are getting better daily."

The Bearcats shot 50% in the first half and took care of their defensive glass, building a 21-16 rebound advantage and carrying a 25-20 lead into the break. Making his second straight start, Peten scored nine points in 12 first-half minutes. The Broncs, with four starters back from a 19-win postseason team, suffered through a dismal shooting half. Unable to solve BU's 2-3 zone, Rider shot 8-of-32 (25%), including 0-for-12 from beyond the arc. Binghamton held Rider without a field goal for 7:10 of the half and the Broncs managed just two buckets over the last 9:29.

After six straight games away from home, the Bearcats return to campus to host Bucknell on December 4.

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