Release: February 20, 2007
men's basketball rolls over New Hampshire 66-37
DURHAM, N.H. - Binghamton (12-15, 5-10 America East) closed the first half on a 19-5 run and never looked back in rolling over host New Hampshire (9-19, 5-10 AE) 66-37 in an America East Conference men's basketball game Tuesday night from Lundholm Gymnasium. With the win, BU snapped a four-game road losing streak and moved into a tie with the Wildcats for seventh place in the conference standings.
Binghamton opened up a 14-point halftime lead and then held the New Hampshire off the scoreboard for the first 7:08 of the second half, stretching the margin to as many as 31 points before settling on the final 29-point margin. The 37 points allowed were the second fewest in Binghamton's six years of Division I play. The Bearcats held Charleston Southern to 34 in a victory on November 30, 2003.
"I just thought our defensive presence really bothered New Hampshire," head coach Al Walker said. "It was a great game for us and a great one to come out on the road and win. We're playing some good basketball right now. It was a great overall defensive effort. That's how you win basketball games."
Freshman forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) led four players in double figures and just missed his third consecutive double-double. Trifunovic collected 15 points and nine rebounds before leaving the game in the closing minutes. Junior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) netted 14 points, junior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) scored 13 and senior guard Steve Proctor (Largo, Md.) added 11. Freshman forward Minja Kovacevic (Belgrade, Serbia) contributed 11 rebounds and seven points in his best collegiate showing.
The Bearcats played a strong first half, shooting 52% and showing great ball movement en route to a 37-23 cushion. The game was tied 18-18 before BU closed out the half on a 19-5 run that featured six points from Trifunovic and back-to-back three-pointers from Gordon and Forbes in the final 1:34. Gordon hit 5-of-5 from the floor in the opening frame (11 pts.) and Trifunovic scored 11 of his 15 in the half. On defense, BU held New Hampshire to just two field goals over the final 9:18 of the period.
New Hampshire, which shot just 31% from the floor, was led by Jermaine Anderson, who tallied a game-high 18 points.
Binghamton closes out its regular season by hosting Hartford ay 7 p.m. on February 22.
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