Release: February 9, 2008
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.
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.
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