Immediate Release: November 4, 2006
VESTAL, N.Y. --The College of St. Rose took a 32-25 lead into the break and held on for a two-point victory over Binghamton, 61-59, in a men's basketball exhibition game Saturday evening at the Events Center. The Division II Golden Knights converted on 11-of-13 free throws for the game, including two with 0.3 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Following a game-tying three-pointer by senior forward Clayton Longmire with 15 seconds to go, fellow senior forward Michael Epperson provided the final margin of victory with two foul shots with under a second remaining.
"That's a very good St. Rose team" said head coach Al Walker. "I was disappointed in our toughness on the frontline in the first half in particular. I thought we were a little bit stronger in the second half but we just let the game get away from us."
Longmire led three Golden Knights in double figures with a game-high 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting and added three rebounds and three blocks while Epperson finished with 15 points. Junior guard Steve Dagostino added 14 points and a game-high seven assists.
For the Bearcats, senior guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) posted a 17-point performance while junior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) added 14 points. Junior center Giovanni Olomo (Yaounde, Cameroon) had a solid defensive day registering six rebounds and four blocks.
After trailing by seven at the half, the Bearcats clawed their way back into the game in the second half and eventually took the lead, 50-49, with 5:28 to play. With Binghamton ahead 59-56, Epperson then connected on his three-pointer to set the stage for the Golden Knights late game heroics.
Neither team could find the range from beyond the arc as they went a combined 8-35 on the night, with St. Rose hitting 4-of-18 and Binghamton converting 4-of-17 three-point attempts.
Binghamton opens the regular season on November 11 when they travel to Long Island University for a 7 p.m. contest.
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