Release: January 27, 2010
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Freshman guard Dylan Talley scored a season-high 22 points to lead four players in double figures and visiting Binghamton (9-13, 4-3 AE) used a 20-9 second-half run to pull away from UMBC (1-20, 0-8 AE) 80-63 Wednesday night from the Retriever Activities Center. The win was BU's fifth in eight games and gave the young Bearcats something last year's championship team didn't have - a win in Baltimore.
Talley hit 8-of-17 from the field and 6-of-8 free throws to reach double-figures for the 11th game this season. Junior forward Greer Wright continued to punish conference opponents with 17 points and seven rebounds. Junior forward Mahamoud Jabbi recorded his second-straight double-double with 10 points and a season-high 13 rebounds. Jabbi, who leads the America East in blocks in league play, added four more rejections. Junior forward Moussa Camara chipped in 17 points.
"It was a good win for us," interim head coach Mark Macon said. "I still thought we didn't play as well defensively as we could have. But we did a nice job rebounding (39-27 advantage)."
Ahead 47-41 at the 13:17 mark of the second half, the Bearcats scored eight straight points to begin a 20-9 run. Jabbi hit back-to-back 17-foot jumpers from each corner and Talley added a rebound and layup to push the lead to 55-41. The Retrievers cut the margin to 12, 67-55, with 4:17 to play before BU netted 11 of its final 13 points from the free throw line (11-of-12 FT).
The Bearcats were slow from the start, missing eight of their first 11 shots, including all five three-point attempts. But Wright sparked a 12-2 run with eight of his 10 points in a 2:04 span that turned an 11-6 deficit into an 18-13 lead with 11:28 to play. With Binghamton up 18-17, Talley took a turn, scoring seven of BU's next 12 points. His scooping layup with 30 seconds left finished off a 13-6 run to end the period and stake BU to a 34-27 intermission lead. Jabbi led a sizeable advantage on the glass (22-14) with nine boards and three blocks in the first half.
The Bearcats return home to host New Hampshire Saturday night.
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