Immediate Release: February 5, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- New Hampshire guard Tyrone Conley hit 8-of-11 field goals for a game-high 22 points to lead the visiting Wildcats (11-13, 5-7 AE) to a 65-59 win over Binghamton (6-18, 3-8 AE) in an America East basketball game Saturday night from the Events Center. The loss was the Bearcats' eighth straight and dropped them into last place in the conference standings.
New Hampshire shot 52% and fended off a late BU rally by hitting 10-of-16 free throws in the final 1:05. The Bearcats had trimmed a 10-point deficit to three, 57-54, with 0:46 left but then lost the merry-go-round of intentional fouls and UNH free throws that bogged down the final 46 seconds. The Wildcats made five trips to the line with limited success, but earned one backbreaking offensive rebound off a miss with 0:30 left, leading to two more free throws and a six-point lead, which wound up being the final margin.
The Bearcats hovered around the 35% shooting mark for most of the game before climbing up to their final 40% figure. A pivotal dry spell of 4:05 down the stretch kept BU in the hole. An offensive board and putback by senior forward Mahamoud Jabbi pulled the Bearcats to within three, 46-43, with 6:49 to play. But BU surrendered three offensive rebounds on the next UNH possession, missed the front-end of a 1-and-1, committed a turnover and missed another three attempt, and the Wildcats pushed their lead to nine, 52-43.
"We got off to a slow and lethargic start and crawled back but couldn't finish at the end," head coach Mark Macon said. "Turnovers hurt us at critical times and they were able to attack us in the paint. We tried to lengthen the game down the stretch but they hit their free throws."
The Bearcats missed 12 layups, 10 free throws and were whistled for five offensive fouls. The game was slowed by 44 total fouls.
Camara wound up with 13 points. Jabbi had 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Wright hit 10 points, senior guard Chretien Lukusa wound up with nine and sophomore guard Jimmy Gray chipped in eight points and four steals.
With Conley on fire early, the Wildcats hit 9-of-11 field goals to start the game, building a 22-10 lead with 12:01 to play in the half. Conley nailed 5-of-7 to start, outscoring the Bearcats by himself over the game's first nine minutes. He might have done more damage but was sent to the bench after picking up his second foul with 3:45 left. Binghamton battled back before intermission, closing the half on a 14-3 run that featured six points from Lukusa.
Binghamton is off for eight days before facing league-leading Vermont on the road next Sunday afternoon.
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