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For Immediate Release: February 4, 2009
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball second-half rally stuns Vermont 85-83
Mayben unstoppable with 31 points; Rivera hits winner with 7.8 seconds left

Box score

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Junior guard Emanuel Mayben scored 14 of his career-high 31 points in the final 6:17 as visiting Binghamton (14-8, 7-3 AE) staged an improbable 25-point second-half comeback to stun Vermont (16-7, 7-3 AE) 85-83 Wednesday night at Patrick Gym. The win snapped Vermont's seven-game win streak and gave Binghamton the season-sweep over the Catamounts.

Vermont roared to a 53-30 halftime lead and seemed in control with a 69-49 cushion with 10 minutes left. But Mayben and junior guard D.J. Rivera (19.8 ppg.) began to heat up and BU trimmed its deficit to 14e, 77-63, with 5:09 left. Then the Bearcats rattled off a 22-6 run to end the game. Mayben drilled three three-pointers in a 2:18 span and Rivera added another. When sophomore guard Chretien Lukusa converted a layup in traffic with 1:20 left, BU had its first lead since the game's opening minutes, 81-80. Rivera made a layup with 52 seconds left to push BU's lead to three, 83-80, but Vermont with with a three-point play to tie it at 83-83 with 43 seconds left. After a Lukusa layup was blocked with 21 seconds left, Rivera drove to the basket and with the shot clock down to two, hit a short jumper with 7.8 seconds left for the winning points. A last-ditch Vermont three-pointer was long off the back iron as the horn expired.

The win was BU's fourth in the last five games and pulled the Bearcats to within a half-game of league-leading Boston University (7-2). It also was the team's 14th overall win - equaling last season's total.

"We knew what was at stake and fought for 40 minutes" head coach Kevin Broadus said. "Vermont is a very good ball club and we were fortunate and blessed to come back against them. All of our players contributed and they had energy and excitement and were determined to win."

Mayben hit 11-of-17, including 5-of-9 three-pointers. He scored 22 of his game-high 31 points in the second half and added six assists and five rebounds. Rivera netted 16 of his 21 points after intermission. He shot 9-of-18 from the floor and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

sophomore forward Moussa Camara chipped in 13 points for the Bearcats, who shot a sizzling 62% in the second half and limited Vermont to just eight field goals.

Vermont took control midway through the first half, building the 53-30 cushion at the break. Binghamton trailed 15-13 with 12:15 left in the opening frame before the Catamounts used a 16-0 run to forge ahead. The Bearcats were held scoreless for 5:10 and trailed 31-13 with 7:41 left. After BU cut its deficit to 14 with 2:35 left, Vermont closed out the half with a 12-3 run. The Catamounts shot 58% and forced 12 BU turnovers.

The Bearcats next travel to Long Island for a Saturday game at Stony Brook.

NOTES
Mayben and Marqus Blakely were named the America East Players of the Game... BU played without starting guard Malik Alvin, who is nursing a knee injury... The Bearcats had lost six of seven games all-time at Patrick Gym.

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