Immediate Release: January 31, 2007
Binghamton inbounded the ball underneath Stony Brook's basket trailing 65-64 with just 0.6 seconds remaining. As Binghamton players scrambled to get open, Gordon threw the ball off Stony Brook freshman guard Eddie Castellanos's back, caught the carom and layed in the winning bucket at the buzzer.
"That was a great play by Mike," head coach Al Walker said. "We told the players in an earlier timeout that Stony Brook tends to not look at the ball on the inbounds and Mike remembered that information."
The Bearcats trailed 65-62 with 17 seconds left but senior forward Duane James (Miami, Fla.) grabbed a rebound off a miss and his layup trimmed the margin to one, 65-64, with nine seconds left. James then fouled Stony Brook junior guard Ricky Lucas, who missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Gordon raced downcourt and his off-balance shot with 1.7 seconds left was blocked out of bounds by Andre Vanterpool. An ensuing inbounds pass for senior Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) was knocked out of bounds, setting up the dramatic ending.
The Bearcats rallied from 11 points down in the second half, thanks to Gordon and senior guards Steve Proctor (Largo, Md.) and Hailey. Proctor tallied 13 of his team-high 20 points in the second half and Hailey scored 12 of his season-high 19 points in the final frame. Gordon netted 10 of his 13 points in the second half and finished with five steals and four assists.
"We've had three or four of these kinds of games," Walker said. "We had to keep fighting and we pulled this one out. It was a gutsy second half by our team. The guys really pulled together."
Stony Brook's 1-3-1 zone gave the Bearcats fits in the first half, when the Seawolves shot 60%, forced 10 turnovers and used an 18-5 run to take control of the game. The Bearcats trimmed a nine-point deficit to six, 29-23 at the break.
In the second half, BU nailed 7-of-15 three-pointers and only turned the ball over four times. The Seawolves led 53-47 with 7:40 to play when the Bearcats used a 12-4 run to pull ahead 59-57 with 2:54 left. The run featured five points each from Hailey and Gordon, with Gordon's coming on a three-pointer and a highlight-reel steal-and-dunk with 6:40 left. Neither team led by more than three points in the final five minutes.
Stony Brook was led by Mitchell Beauford and Lucas, who scored 20 and 19 points, respectively.
Binghamton next plays at Albany on February 3. The televised game will be a sellout at Albany's 5,000-seat SEFCU Arena for the annual Big Purple Growl event.
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