For Immediate Release: January 5, 2009
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BU men's basketball fends off Stony Brook 67-60 for ninth win
Jackson's late-game play produces fifth straight win, eighth in last 10

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VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior guard Dwayne Jackson scored five points in the final 1:50 and sparked a late defensive stand to lift Binghamton (9-4, 2-0 AE) to a 67-60 win over visiting Stony Brook (8-6, 1-1 AE) in an America East game Monday night from the Events Center. The win was BU's fifth straight and eighth in the last 10 games.

With BU clinging to a 56-55 lead inside two minutes remaining, Jackson grabbed a key offensive rebound and converted a difficult layup in traffic with 1:50 left for a 58-55 margin. On Stony Brook's next possession, Jackson knocked the ball away from a Seawolves player and the Bearcats turned that steal into a fastbreak layup by sophomore guard Chretien Lukusa, which pushed the lead to 60-55. Binghamton then recorded three blocks and another steal in a 49-second span to thwart any Stony Brook comeback. Jackson, BU's America East Player of the Game, converted 3-of-4 free throws in the final 35 seconds and Lukusa sank 2-of-2 to wrap up BU's fifth win in six home games this season.

Five BU players reached double figures, led by junior guard D.J. Rivera, who scored a game-high 16 points. Rivera, who ranks 14th in the nation in scoring (21.4 ppg.), collected 12 of his points in the pivotal second half. Jackson, Lukusa and junior guard Emanuel Mayben had 11 points apiece and senior forward Reggie Fuller added 10 points and a pair of blocks.

"We grinded it out tonight," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "Stony Brook is a physical ball club. They play tough and we were fortunate to pull out a nailbiter. We had some defensive stops at the end of the game and the guys matched my intensity."

The Seawolves were led by America East Player of the Game Tommy Brenton, who notched 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Binghamton forced seven turnovers in the first eight minutes and led 17-6 midway through the first half. But Stony Brook responded with an 11-2 run to tighten the game. With Rivera and Fuller on the bench with two earely fouls apiece, BU led 34-28 at intermission. Mayben scored all 11 of his points in the opening frame, thanks to 3-of-3 accuracy from beyond the arc.

Binghamton hosts Vermont Thursday night in a televised game on Time Warner Cable Sports.

The five-game win streak is tied for the second-longest during BU's Division I era. The 2005-06 team won six in a row. Last year's squad won five in a row, as did the 2004-05 team.

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