Immediate Release: November 25, 2003
Contact: David Berman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BEARCATS DEFEAT ST. JOHN'S 84-81 ON LAST-SECOND THREE-POINTER
JAMAICA, N.Y - Freshman guard Therese Deemand (Horsholm, Denmark) hit the game-winning three-pointer with two-tenths of a second remaining and the Bearcats (1-1) earned an 84-81 win over St. John's (1-1) in a non-conference game played Tuesday evening at Alumni Hall.
In a game that featured three ties and five lead changes in the final 3:27, the Red Storm took an 81-79 lead with 9.7 seconds to play on a pair of free throws by senior guard Kim MacMillan. After a timeout, Binghamton brought the ball up the floor and Deemand hit a jumper with 2.8 seconds showing on the clock to tie the game at 81-81. The ensuing St. John's inbounds pass went out of bounds at half court without being touched and the Bearcats inbounded the ball under their own basket. In a stack play, Deemand inbounded the ball to junior center Erin Forkey (Freedom, N.Y.) and then cut out to the corner to receive Forkey's pass. She then drained her sixth three-pointer of the night to give the Bearcats their first win ever over a Big East opponent in basketball.
"We couldn't possibly ask for more from these players than we have gotten in the first two games," BU head coach Rich Conover said. "St. John's has a very high-powered offense and although we gave them more points than we would have liked we obviously couldn't be more pleased with the outcome of the game."
After scoring the first six points of the second half to build a 46-36 lead with 17:50 remaining, Binghamton saw the advantage dwindle as St. John's embarked on a 13-0 run over the next two-plus minutes to take a 49-46 lead with 15:12 left. Although the Bearcats would regain a 53-51 lead on a layup by senior center Nicole Dypolt (Calgary, Alberta) less than four minutes later, the Red Storm again responded with a 7-0 run for a five-point lead that they wouldn't give up until the closing minutes.
After MacMillan hit her seventh three-pointer of the game with 5:33 left to give St. John's its largest lead at 72-64, Binghamton mounted its charge, using a 9-0 run in the next 2:06 to take a 73-72 lead. That run featured a three-point play by Dypolt and back-to-back three-pointers by Deemand. The teams then traded baskets and St. John's added a free-throw to knot the score at 75-75 with 2:27 remaining.
It looked as if the Bearcats would hang on to the victory after senior forward Leala Wegwerth (Maplewood, Minn.) put Binghamton ahead with a jumper and a layup by sophomore guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) with 1:35 remaining extended the lead to 79-75. However, St. John's hit a jumper with 1:13 left and the Bearcats were called for back-to-back fouls that allowed the Red Storm to tie the game at 79-79 and set up the last-second heroics.
For the second straight game, Binghamton came up against a speedy, three-point sharp-shooter from a Big East program, as MacMillan led St. John's with 25 points behind 7-of-13 accuracy from behind the three-point arc. However, on this night the Bearcats had an answer, as Deemand finished with a game-high 26 points in just her second collegiate game. Deemand made 10-of-15 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from behind the arc, in just 18 minutes on the floor. She also had three rebounds and a key steal late in the game.
"This was a great game for Therese," Conover said. "She is a quiet and unassuming person but she works hard in practice day in and day out and she is a very confident player. Although just a freshman, she has a lot of international experience that she brings to the court with her."
Laws finished with 17 points and Dypolt wound up with 12 points on a perfect shooting night that saw her make all four of her shots from the floor and convert on all four of her free-throw attempts. Binghamton outrebounded their hosts 34-33 and shot 50% for the game.
Senior guard Secret Stubblefield had 18 points for St. John's, while senior forward Angie Clark posted a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Shemika Stevens chipped in 15 points, 10 assists and five steals.
Binghamton returns home this weekend to host the Time Warner Classic. In first-round action, the Bearcats square off against Hofstra at 1 p.m. Saturday, while Canisius takes on North Texas at 3 p.m. A consolation and championship game will be played at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively, on Sunday.
NOTES: The 84 points was the highest offensive output by Binghamton since an 85-71 win over Maine on Jan. 19, 2002 ... the 81 points allowed were the most since giving up 85 to Wagner on Dec. 7, 2002 ... Deemand's 26 points were the most by a Bearcat player since Bess Greenberg poured in 28 points against Lehigh on Feb. 17, 2001.
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