For Immediate Release: January 7, 2004
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Maine holds off BU in closing seconds 58-55

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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.

Junior 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 rebounds.

Binghamton returns home to host Boston Universityat 1 p.m. on Sunday.


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