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For Immediate Release: March 1, 2008
Contact: Matt Muzza (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball outlasts Stony Brook 49-44 in regular season finale
Gordon scores his 1,000th career point with four seconds left

Box Score

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Visiting Binghamton (14-15, 9-7 AE) defeated Stony Brook (6-22, 3-13 AE) 49-44 in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday afternoon at Stony Brook Arena. Playing without their leading scorer and with only eight scholarship players available, the Bearcats won their fourth game in the last five and equaled their second-best America East win percentage in the program's seven-year Division I tenure (9-7, .563).

"It wasn't the prettiest game," assistant coach Lawrence Brenneman said. "But when you play a team like Stony Brook you know its going to be a scrappy one."

Senior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) made two free throws with four seconds remaining to seal the victory. Gordon finished the day with 15 points and now has 1,000 in his career.

Neither team shot well from the floor in the game as the host Seawolves shot 31% and the Bearcats shot 36%. Also, both teams struggled picking up defensive rebounds as 36 of the 74 total rebounds were offensive.

Senior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway) scored a game-high 16 points and keyed a first-half run for the Bearcats.

Stony Brook used a 2-3 zone to limit Binghamton's opportunities early in the first half en route to taking a 13-4 lead with 12:15 remaining in the period. The Bearcats then picked up their defensive effort and used a 16-2 run with the help of three treys from Forbes to take a 22-17 halftime lead.

Binghamton will now await Sunday's remaining America East games to learn of the team's postseason seed and quarterfinal opponent. The conference tournament will be hosted by Binghamton at the Events Center March 7-9.

NOTES
The Bearcats played without leading scorer and sophomore forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) and freshman guard Chretien Lukusa (Toronto, Ontario), who were both out with injuries ... Gordon started his 101st consecutive game and now has 1,000 career points ... Gordon became the second Bearcat to achieve the feat, joining former teammate Troy Hailey, a 2007 graduate, who amassed 1,041 career points ... Gordon, the all-time Division I leader at Binghamton in assists, had two in the game to increase his career total to 401 ... Forbes scored in double figures for the 13th time this season ... The 44 points allowed by Binghamton is the second lowest in the Division I era for Binghamton.

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