Release: January 30, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior forward Greer Wright poured in 29 points and freshman guard Dylan Talley converted a three-point play with 21 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Binghamton (10-13, 5-3 AE) to a 76-73 win over visiting New Hampshire (8-11, 3-5 AE) Saturday night from the Events Center. The win, in front of a season-high 4,811, was BU's third straight and moved the Bearcats to within 1 1/2 games of first place in the America East.
The game featured 12 lead changes, nine ties and plenty of drama late in regulation and overtime. After surviving a final UNH possession with the score tied 66-66 in regulation, freshman center Pina Guillaume scored all five of his points in overtime to spark the Bearcats. Guillaume converted a layup with 2:30 to play and then produced a three-point play with 2:01 left that gave BU a 71-68 lead. After the Wildcats hit a jumper with 58 seconds left to trim the margin to 71-70, Talley drove the right baseline, was fouled and hit the short jumper. His free throw made it 74-70 with 21 seconds left. New Hampshire drilled a three-pointer with 12 seconds left to stay alive, however. Wright was fouled on the inbounds and made both free throws with nine seconds left for the final margin. New Hampshire's final three-point attempt didn't hit anything as the clock expired.
"There were times we could've lost that game," interim head coach Mark Macon said. "The basketball gods were with us tonight. New Hampshire plays extremely tough. We have similar styles. Our guys kept fighting and stayed together. We want to continue to play hard and play smart."
Wright continued to show he is one of the top players in the conference. He hit 9-of-17 field goals and added eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in 38 minutes. Wright is averaging 20.1 points and 8.1 rebounds in league play.
The Bearcats next host Albany on Wednesday.
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