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For Immediate Release: January 18, 2007
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball falters down stretch in 75-72 loss to New Hampshire
Bearcats see 15-point lead dissolve, lose for fourth time in last five games

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y. - Visiting New Hampshire (7-12, 3-3 America East) shot 63% in the second half to overcome a 15-point deficit and defeat Binghamton (9-10, 2-5 America East) 75-72 in a men's basketball game Thursday night from the Events Center.

Trailing 51-36 with 15:23 remaining, the Wildcats embarked on a 20-2 run to forge ahead 56-53 with 8:31 left. A three-pointer by Tyrece Gibbs gave UNH a 66-61 margin with 2:37 left and then the Wildcats sealed the win by sinking 9-of-10 free throws in the final 1:50 - including 6-of-6 marksmanship by Jermaine Anderson.

After Anderson hit a pair with free throws with five seconds left, BU junior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) was off the mark on a potential game-tying 22-foot three-pointer in the closing second.

"I'm disappointed," head coach Al Walker said. "We were up 15 points and we jacked a couple of threes and just didn't do the job on the defensive end in the second half. We were lax and gave up too many points in the paint. We just weren't good enough tonight."

The Bearcats seemed in control after shooting 59% in the first half and staking out a 36-30 lead at the break. Binghamton then opened the second half with a 15-6 run to push the lead to double digits. But with a 15-point lead in hand, BU then misfired on nine of its next 10 shots, including three hasty three-point attempts in a span of 1:21.

New Hampshire, which put four players in double figures, took advantage with the 20-2 run. Blagoj Janev netted 12 of his team-high 18 points during that 6:52 span and Dan McGeary hit a pair of three-pointers.

Gordon led the Bearcats with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting. He also chipped in six steals and four assists. Senior guard Steve Proctor (Largo, Md.) had 16 points, but only four after halftime. Freshman forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) added 11 points and six rebounds.

Binghamton hosts league-leading Vermont at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Events Center.

NOTES:
Janev and Gordon were selected as the America East Players of the Game... ...Senior guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) scored five points and is now 14 points (986) from becoming the 17th member of BU's 1,000 point club and the first at the DI level.

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