Immediate Release: January 7, 2004
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holds off BU in closing seconds 58-55
ORONO, Maine - Maine (6-5, 1-0 AE) built a double-digit lead
and then withstood a late rally to hold off visiting Binghamton
(5-4, 0-1 AE) 58-55 on Wednesday in front of 1,683 at Alfond
Arena. It marked the third time in as many season that the Bearcats
have lost at Maine in the final seconds.
"I was proud of how our team came back," head coach
Rich Conover said. "We never gave up but we have to play
better to beat a team as good as Maine on their home floor."
During the early stages of the game, it appeared as if Binghamton
would end its frustration at Alfond Arena as it opened up a 15-8
lead midway through the first half. The Black Bears, however,
turned on the defensive pressure and by halftime, they had taken
a 29-27 advantage.
In the second half, Maine tried to deliver the knockout, as it
took a commanding 56-42
lead with 6:33 left in the game. The Bearcats, however, refused
to go quietly, as they ripped off a 13-0 run to cut the lead
to one, 56-55, with 2.3 seconds left. Even after Maine sank two
free throws with 1.3 seconds to go, the game was in doubt until
senior guard Kate Townley (St. Paul, Minn.) fired a desperation
three-point shot at the buzzer that went off the backboard.
center Kristin Hibler (Hutchinson, Kan.) tied her career-high
with 16 points, senior forward Leala Wegwerth (Maplewood,
Minn.) added 15 points and nine rebounds, and sophomore forward
Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) chipped in 14 points and seven
returns home to host Boston Universityat 1 p.m. on Sunday.