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For Immediate Release: January 24, 2010
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball battles past Vermont in closing minutes 73-67
Wright pours in game-high 30 points; Bearcats evens conference record at 3-3

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VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior forward Greer Wright pumped in a season- and game-high 30 points and Binghamton (8-13, 3-3 AE) made 10-of-12 free throws in the final 1:33 to hold off visiting Vermont (14-7, 5-2 AE) 73-67 Sunday afternoon from the Events Center. The win was BU's third in a row over the Catamounts, who entered the game in first place in the America East.

In front of a season-high crowd of 3,928, BU rode the play of Wright and junior forward Mahamoud Jabbi, who collected 14 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Binghamton, which entered the game as the worst free-throw shooting team in the conference, secured the game at the line. The Bearcats made 19-of-25 free throws in the second half, including the pivotal 10-of-12 to close the game. Jabbi was 4-for-4 in the final 1:06 and sealed the win with two blocks in the final five seconds.

"Today was a great game against a great opponent," interim head coach Mark Macon said. "We knew they were going to make a run but our guys played hard and performed like I thought they would."

Junior forward Moussa Camara scored 14 points and freshman guard Dylan Talley, added nine. Wright hit 10-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-6 three-pointers, and made all five of his free throws. He added 10 rebounds (fourth double-double of season), two steals and two blocks.

With Vermont ahead 62-60 with 2:01 left, Wright drained a three-pointer to give the Bearcats the lead for good. He then grabbed a defensive rebound, was fouled and made two free throws with 1:33 left for a 65-62 margin. Jabbi hit a pair from the line with 1:06 left and Wright added another rebound and set of foul shots with 0:57 remaining before fouling out with 49 seconds left.

Wright began the game on fire, scoring BU's first eight points and 11 of the team's first 15 as the Bearcats led 15-5 to start. Binghamton led 27-14 with 6:45 to play but committed five turnovers and went 0-for-7 to end the half. Vermont pulled to within eight, 28-20 at the break.

In the second half, the Catamounts used a 16-3 run to grab the lead, 36-31 with 16:50 remaining. The teams played within five points for the bulk of the period, until the Bearcats began their free throw success in the closing two minutes.

The Bearcats travel to UMBC to face the Retrievers on Wednesday.

NOTES
Wright and Maurice Joseph (29 pts.) were named the America East Players of the Game... With the students back from break, BU posted its season-high in attendance. The previous four home games were played without BU's strong student contingent. The Bearcats have led the conference in attendance six consecutive seasons... Vermont entered the game ranked No. 25 in the latest Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major poll and the Catamounts had the most road wins in the entire nation (9).

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