Release:January 10, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior forward Moussa Camara poured in a career-high 28 points to carry Binghamton men's basketball (5-10, 2-0 AE) past Stony Brook (6-9, 1-2 AE) 57-50 Monday night from the Events Center. Camara netted nearly half of his team's points as BU built a double-digit lead and held on in the closing minutes in a game broadcast on MSG-Plus.
Playing without leading scorer and first-team all-conference forward Greer Wright (ankle injury), the Bearcats needed a lift and got it from Camara, who hit 7-of-12 off the bench, including 5-of-9 three-pointers, and added 9-of-10 marksmanship from the line. He tied his career-high with the five treys - several of which were from 23 feet and beyond.
"I just got into the rhythm and they kept falling," Camara said of his hot streak, which included a four-point play midway through the second half. "I had no idea where I was when I was shooting ... I just took open shots. We were ready to play without Greer tonight."
With Camara's 13 points leading the way, BU forged a 25-20 halftime lead. But the Seawolves carried momentum into the locker room after BU committed three turnovers in the final 1:35 and Stony Brook shaved an 11-point deficit to five with a 6-0 run to end the half. The final two minutes helped mask a poor shooting performance by the Seawolves in the opening stanza (8-for-33, 24%).
Senior forward Mahamoud Jabbi and Camara opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers to immediately push BU's lead back into double figures (31-20) and BU pushed its lead to 13, 47-34, with 10:16 remaining.
After the Seawolves trimmed the score to 51-44 with 6:46 left, the game was delayed more than eight minutes as the wiring on the hoop at BU's end needed to be replaced. The delay seemed to send the Bearcats into a funk and after three turnovers, a missed dunk and four more missed shots on offense, BU's lead was just three, 51-48, with 4:03 left. The Seawolves missed their final six shots, however, and BU hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 0:16 to seal the win.
Freshman guard Robert Mansell provided a big bucket down the stretch, attacking the glass to turn a missed dunk into a layup with 0:34 left that pushed BU's lead to 54-48. Mansell's alert play helped overcome some backcourt woes for the Bearcats, whose starting guards went 2-for-15 with nine turnovers.
Junior center Kyrie Sutton produced six points, eight rebounds and five blocks in 25 minutes - tying his career-best with the rejections. Sophomore forward Taylor Johnston added six points and seven boards in 23 minutes.
"We beat a good team tonight," head coach Mark Macon said. "Moussa kept us involved in the game and I thought we played a great game defensively. It was an awesome effort by our guys."
Camara and Stony Brook guard Marcus Rouse (14 pts.) were named the America East Players of the Game, sponsored by Security Mutual Life.
Binghamton next hosts UMBC on Wednesday.
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