Release: February 11, 2010
DURHAM, N.Y. -- Host New Hampshire (10-13, 5-7 AE) shot just 38% but its pressing defense forced 16 turnovers in a 67-60 men's basketball win over Binghamton (11-15, 6-5 AE) Thursday night from Lundholm Gym. The Bearcats let a 10-point second-half lead slip away and missed 12 free throws.
Ahead 60-59 with 3:28 to play, BU missed its final five shots and the Wildcats closed the game on an 8-0 run, including 6-of-6 free throws. The Bearcats struggled with UNH's pressure defense, committing several costly turnovers in the final five minutes. Binghamton also had two shots blocked in the final two minutes, including a layup attempt at the 2:00 mark.
An early 14-4 run to start the second half gave BU a 42-32 cushion with 12:16 to play. But UNH went on a 13-2 run that was fueled by three backcourt steals and resulting fast-break layups. The teams played back-and-forth for the final nine minutes with six lead changes. But the Bearcats hit just three field goals in the final 8:21 and wilted under the heavy and physical UNH pressure in the closing minutes.
"New Hampshire played us tough ... they always do," interim head coach Mark Macon said. "We had too many mistakes at the end and the turnovers and missed free throws really hurt us."
Juniors Greer Wright and Moussa Camara led four players in double figures with 13 points apiece. Wright added eight rebounds but hit just 1-of-5 three-pointers. Freshman guard Dylan Talley netted 12 points in 29 minutes and sophomore center Kyrie Sutton added 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting. Junior forward Mahamoud Jabbi grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Wildcats jumped on BU from the opening whistle, using a 12-0 run to forge an early 14-3 lead. Binghamton missed seven straight shots and UNH hit 6-of-9 to start. But trailing 20-8 with 8:09 left in the half, the Bearcats caught fire with Talley and Wright leading the charge. Talley sparked a 15-1 BU run with five points and an assist and Wright added five of his own in the up-tempo run. Sutton chipped in eight points on 4-of-4 shooting and the Bearcats returned the favor with a 20-8 run to end the half tied 28-28.
Binghamton continues its four-game road swing Saturday night at league-leading Stony Brook.
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