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For Immediate Release: January 28, 2007
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball falls to UMBC in final seconds 51-48
Bearcats commit costly turnover, lose for sixth time in seven games

Box Score

BALTIMORE, Md. - UMBC (9-13, 5-4 AE) sank three free throws in the final 2.3 seconds to defeat Binghamton (9-12, 2-7 America East) 51-48 Sunday afternoon from RAC Arena. In a game that featured more combined turnovers (39) than field goals (34), the Bearcats were held to a season-low 48 points and lost for the time third straight time and sixth in their last seven games.

With the score tied 48-48 with 2.3 seconds left, UMBC forward Mike Houseman stole Binghamton's inbounds pass, was fouled and converted two free throws. Then after another BU turnover on the ensuing inbounds, Uwem Eshietedoho sank 1-of-2 free throws for the final margin. With the win, the Retrievers sweep the season series and keep the Bearcats mired in last place in the nine-team conference.

"We had a real shot ... we just didn't get it done," head coach Al Walker said. "It was a hard game. It was a shame though. It wasn't a good inbounds play at the end. We did some good things defensively and made some great stops. It was a good effort by the boys."

Senior guard Steve Proctor (Largo, Md.) hit 1-of-2 free throws with 17 seconds left to tie the game at 48-48. After UMBC turned the ball over with four seconds left, BU appeared set for a possible game-winning shot or at least overtime, but instead succumbed to heavy pressure underneath its basket.

Junior point guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) hit 3-of-4 three-pointers en route to a team-high 17 points. Freshman forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) shot 7-of-10 for 14 points and senior guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) added nine points, five rebounds and three assists.

Houseman scored 17 points to lead the Retrievers.

Each team canned eight field goals in the first period, which ended in a 24-24 tie. The Bearcats held the conference's No. 2 scorer, Brian Hodges, scoreless in the first half and held him to three total points.

In the second half, BU opened with an 8-0 run - thanks to six points from Trifunovic. The Bearcats' lead stood at eight, 37-29 with 14:17 to play before BU went through a miserable 12-possession stretch that included 1-for-9 shooting (six missed threes) and three turnovers. UMBC rallied to even the game at 39-39 with 6:08 remaining, and then the teams traded blows until the final horn.

Binghamton next hosts Stony Brook on January 31 at the Events Center.

NOTES
Houseman and Gordon were selected as the America East Players of the Game ... the 48 points are the lowest of the season, eclipsing the 49 points BU netted in a 12-point loss to Boston University on January 11 ... five of BU's seven conference losses have been by five or fewer points ... Binghamton alumnus and prominent columnist and sports announcer Tony Kornheiser '70 attended the game and spoke with BU radio announcer Roger Neel at halftime.

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