Release: February 14, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior forward Reggie Fuller (Missouri City, Texas) converted a pair of free throws with 0:09 left to lift Binghamton (11-14, 7-6 AE) to a 56-54 win over visiting New Hampshire (7-17, 4-8 AE) Thursday night from the Events Center. The win, in front of 2,942 fans, snapped a four-game losing streak and improved BU's record to 8-4 at home.
In a tight battle that featured 11 lead changes, the Bearcats trailed 54-52 after UNH's Alvin Abreau nailed a three-pointer with 23 seconds left. But senior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) drove the lane and hit an eight-foot jumper with 16 seconds left to tie it at 54-54. Fuller then rebounded a UNH miss on the other end and was fouled. A 74% shooter from the line, Fuller rattled in the first one and swished the second for the final margin.
The Wildcats had a chance to tie or win with the final possession. Guard Tyrece Gibbs drove the lane and was fouled with 2.9 seconds remaining. But Gibbs missed the first of two free throws, necessitating an intentional miss on the second with UNH down by two. There was a scramble for the rebound and Tyrone Conley flipped up a final shot that was short of the rim at the buzzer.
"Reggie was big tonight," head coach Kevin Broadus said of Fuller. "It wasn't pretty but we grinded it out. We've got a long way to go but we just have to keep finding ways to win. When we rebound like that and cut down on the turnovers we have a chance to win every night."
Gordon, BU's America East Player of the Game, scored 18 points. Fuller collected 12 points and nine rebounds and sophomore forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) added his eighth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Alvin Abreu scored a game-high 19 points for UNH, and was named his team's America East Player of the Game.
Binghamton hosts Maine at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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