Release: December 13, 2009
DES MOINES, Iowa -- South Dakota (6-4) used an 18-3 second-half run to pull away from Binghamton (3-8) 89-77 Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Drake Invitational. Less than 16 hours after a heartbreaking, controversial loss to the host Bulldogs, BU appeared to run out of gas in the decisive second half and the Coyotes scored 56 points and pinned the biggest point total on the Bearcats this season.
Binghamton trailed 44-38 five minutes into the period before South Dakota began the big run that was built almost exclusively on driving layups. The Coyotetes wound up shooting 62% in the second half and stretched their lead to as many as 21 points before a late BU spurt tightened the final margin. South Dakota converted 14 free throws in the final three minutes to keep BU at bay.
Junior forward Greer Wright led four players in double figures with a game-high 20 points. Wright, who was BU's lone representative on the all-tournament team, hit 8-of-16 from the floor and added eight rebounds and three assists. Junior forward Mahamoud Jabbi also had eight field goals, good for a season-high 16 points. Freshman guard Dylan Talley produced 15 points and a season-high nine rebounds and junior forward Moussa Camara added 11 points.
"We ran out of juice but we had no intensity in the second half," interim head coach Mark Macon said.
Both teams were sluggish out of the gate, playing in front of an empty gym at 11 a.m. local time. In the first five minutes, the teams were a combined 3-for-15 with four turnovers. The Bearcats led 24-23 with five minutes to play before the Coyotes ended the half with a 10-2 run. Binghamton committed nine turnovers in the period - one more than it did the entire game against Drake. Wright and Talley had seven and six points, respectively.
The Bearcats next play at Marist on December 20.
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