Release:January 23, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Visiting Vermont (14-5, 5-2 AE) used a 25-9 late run to pull away from Binghamton (6-14, 3-4 AE) 70-52 in an America East men's basketball game Sunday at the Events Center. The loss was BU's fourth straight after opening the conference slate with three consecutive wins.
Despite being undersized, playing without senior captain Chretien Lukusa and with limited effectiveness from leading scorer Greer Wright, BU hung around with the Catamounts until the game's final five minutes. The Bearcats trailed 31-27 at the break and kept within striking distance for most of the second half.
A three-pointer from freshman guard K.J. Brown pulled BU within two, 45-45, with 8:34 remaining. But the Catamounts, aided by four Bearcat foul calls in a 3:20 span, stretched the lead to double figures with a 15-7 run and never looked back. Binghamton hit 2-for-9 during that 5:35 span and managed just 3-of-14 shooting for the rest of the game.
Senior forward Mahamoud Jabbi continued his sparkling play with a second-straight double double. Jabbi produced 13 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Junior center Kyrie Sutton picked up 10 points and senior forward Moussa Camara added 10 points - all in the first half.
But the Bearcats shot just 35% and committed 16 turnovers.
"We played against a very efficient team today," head coach Mark Macon said. "They rebound well, do everything well ... you have to applaud them. Our guys gave a great effort for 35 minutes but we didn't finish. We have to keep fighting though. I thought we played a whole lot better than we have the past few games and that's reassuring."
Wright continued to struggle in his comeback after an ankle injury. He was 0-for-4 with two turnovers in 19 minutes off the bench. Lukusa, averaging 29 minutes a game and the team's top defender, didn't play but is healthy.
Jabbi and Luke Apfeld (13 pts., 8 rebs.) were named the America East Players of the Game, sponsored by Security Mutual Life.
Binghamton next heads to Boston for a 9 p.m. tip-off Wednesday against the Terriers.
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