Immediate Release: March 3, 2011
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- In a rematch of the 2009 conference championship game, ninth-seeded Binghamton (8-22) drained a tournament-record 17 three-pointers and rolled past eighth-seeded UMBC (5-25) 91-65 in the first round of the America East Tournament Thursday night from Hartford's Chase Arena. The Bearcats now advance to face top-seeded Vermont in a quarterfinal game Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
Seniors Greer Wright and Moussa Camara combined for 61 points and the Bearcats broke records galore in the lopsided win. Wright hit for a career-high 31 points and added nine rebounds and six assists. Camara drilled a school-record-tying eight three-pointers (8-of-14) en route to a career-high 30 points. The Bearcats put up a season-high 91 points on 52% shooting and led the entire game, pushing the margin to as many as 35 points.
"There was no stopping Greer and Moussa tonight," head coach Mark Macon said. "Give UMBC credit ... they played hard but these two guys couldn't miss."
Along with Wright and Camara, senior forward Mahamoud Jabbi chipped in eight rebounds, a career-high seven assists and six points. Sophomore guard Jimmy Gray added seven points, five boards and three assists.
The Bearcats came out sizzling, hitting 9-of-11 shots, including 7-of-9 three-pointers and roaring to a 25-6 lead in the game's first 7:09. They were raining threes from all over the floor, hitting them on seven straight possessions at one point and breaking the tournament record for threes in a half with 13-of-23 accuracy (57%). Camara drained five en route to 15 first-half points and Wright added four treys to produce 16 points. Binghamton shot 60% - the best half of shooting all season - and took a 52-29 bulge into the break.
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