Release:February 3, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Host UMBC (4-19, 3-7 AE) made 6-of-6 free throws in overtime and the Retrievers outlasted Binghamton (6-17, 3-7 AE) 83-79 in an America East basketball game Thursday night from the RAC Arena. The loss was BU's seventh consecutive and third straight by five or fewer points.
Down 79-77 with the final possession, BU missed two shots near the rim in the closing 10 seconds and UMBC sealed the win with four free throws in the final 6.7 seconds.
The teams traded clutch free throws to end regulation with senior forward Greer Wright draining a pair with 7.3 left to give BU a 73-71 lead and UMBC's Laurence Jolicoeur making 2-of-3 with just 1.7 left to send the game into overtime. With UMBC poised for a potential game-winner, Wright stole the ball at midcourt from Retrievers' guard Chris De La Rosa and was fouled on his way to the hoop. He made both with a timeout in-between. But Wright then fouled Jolicoeur on a shot-fake behind the three-point line and the UMBC forward made his first and third attempts, missing the middle shot off the front rim.
"This is one that got away but they earned it," head coach Mark Macon said. "It was a heady play (by Jolicoeur) at the end of regulation. Then they wanted it more in overtime. They got fouled and we couldn't make layups toward the end of the game. We didn't guard the dribble well today."
Senior Moussa Camara drilled a career-high six three-pointers and netted a team-high 20 points to lead three Bearcats in double figures. Camara made his first six treys and wound up 7-for-13 from the field.
Wright, showing his old form before an ankle injury limited his play over the last three weeks, wound up with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting. His two driving layups in overtime kept the Bearcats within striking distance.
Senior forward Mahamoud Jabbi recorded his fifth straight double-double before fouling out wityh 1:39 left in regulation. Jabbi collected 12 points and 10 rebounds but struggled from the field on 3-of-12 shooting. He did produce a season-high five blocks.
Sophomore guard Jimmy Gray chipped in nine points and four assists.
In a first half that had 12 lead changes, the teams traded runs with UMBC using a 19-7 run to forge a nine-point lead, 25-16, with 8:34 left before the Bearcats responded with an 18-7 run to take a 34-32 lead with 2:59 to play. That BU run featured back-to-back three-pointers from Camara and five points from Wright, who scored his first points in more than three weeks. Camara drilled 4-of-4 three-pointers for 12 points in the half. The Retrievers, however, scored six straight thereafter and took a 38-36 led into intermission. After misfiring on five of its first seven shots and struggling early in the period, BU shot 50% and drained 7-of-12 from beyond the arc.
Binghamton returns home to host New Hampshire Saturday night.
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