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For Immediate Release: February 9, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball rallies from 20 down, but loses at UMBC 63-59
Bearcats drop third straight, fall into tie for fourth place in America East

Box Score

CATONSVILLE, Md. -- Visiting Binghamton (10-13, 6-5 AE) erased a 20-point second-half deficit but first-place UMBC (17-7, 9-2 AE) righted itself in the final minute and posted a 63-59 victory Saturday afternoon at the RAC Arena.

The Bearcats staged a ferocious rally in the final period, first with an 18-10 run that was fueled by 14 straight rebounds, and then with a 9-0 run that tied the game at 59-59 with 2:00 to play. But Binghamton missed its final five shots in the last minute, and UMBC converted a putback basket with 1:25 left and two free throws with 13 seconds left for the final margin.

"We have to figure out a way to NOT dig such a hole," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "Our guys were grit tough in the second half ... we fought back as a unit. But we have to tighten some things up. We lost to a good team today. They know how to win and they were better than us today."

Junior forward Reggie Fuller (Missouri City, Texas) keyed the comeback with 16 second-half points. Fuller, BU's America East Player of the Game, earned his second double-double of the season with team-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds - both season-highs.

Junior guard Dwayne Jackson (Akron, Ohio) scored 13 points - 10 in the second half. Senior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) added nine points.

Binghamton's top two scorers, sophomore forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) and senior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) were held to a combined six points - 21 points under their combined season average.

The Bearcats were sluggish from the opening whistle, misfiring on 12 of the team's first 15 shots and digging themselves a 17-4 deficit midway through the first half. Binghamton managed just two field goals in the game's first 11:50. UMBC, in contrast, shot 50%, owned a 20-11 advantage on the glass and carried a 33-18 cushion into the break.

Binghamton next travels to Boston for a matchup with Boston University on Tuesday.

NOTES
It was the sixth straight game between the two teams that was decided by four or fewer points. The all-time series is tied 5-5... With its third straight defeat, BU slips into a fourth place tie in the standings... Both of Reggie Fuller's double-doubles have come against UMBC. He had 11 points and 12 rebounds in the first meeting in January.

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