Immediate Release: February 14, 2004
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Haubrich's buzzer beater propels Bearcats over New Hampshire 55-53
VESTAL, N.Y.--Sophomore forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) received an inbounds pass from senior forward Leala Wegwerth (Maplewood, Minn.) with eight-tenths of a second remaining and laid in the game-winning basket as time expired, sending Binghamton (12-8, 7-5 America East) to a 55-53 win over visiting New Hampshire (9-12, 5-7 AE) on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center.
"Obviously you can't ask for a more exciting finish in our second game at the Events Center," head coach Rich Conover said. "It was a great game."
There were 6.7 seconds on the clock when Binghamton inbounded the ball following a game-tying free throw by New Hampshire. As the Bearcats brought the ball up the floor, the ball was knocked loose and players from both teams scrambled for possession before the ball rolled out of bounds with eight-tenths of a second left. Binghamton was granted possession of the ball near half court, and Wegwerth fired the ball to Haubrich just inside the free throw line. With no defenders in tow, Haubrich seized the pass, and her shot at the buzzer hit nothing but net on the way down.
Before the last-second heroics, the Wildcats' stormed back from a double-digit deficit with a 10-0 run in the closing minutes. After a free throw by senior guard Kate Townley (St. Paul, Minn.) with 3:22 remaining gave Binghamton a 53-43 lead, the Bearcats were held scoreless until the final second. The run started with a layup by freshman forward Ray Williams and culminated with freshman Whitney Edwards scoring six straight points in the final 1:26.
Edwards followed a pair of free throws with a steal at halfcourt, and drilled a three-pointer with 1:07 left that cut the BU lead to 53-52. On the other end, the Bearcats grabbed offensive rebounds of consecutive missed shots, but were then called for an offensive foul with 35 seconds to play. A potential New Hampshire game-winner with 18 seconds left was off the mark, but the Wildcats maintained possession after a long scramble for the rebound. Edwards was fouled with seven seconds on the clock and made the second of two free throws to tie the game.
Sophomore guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) led all scorers with 14 points and also pulled down nine rebounds. Wegwerth wound up with 10 points and nine boards, while sophomore guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) chipped in 10 points. Junior center Kristin Hibler (Hutchinson, Kan.) added nine points and eight caroms.
Edwards finished with 10 points and was the only Wildcat in double figures. Senior center Maren Matthias tallied nine points and seven rebounds.
Earlier in the final stanza, a 14-2 run in just over four minutes gave Binghamton a 43-31 advantage midway through the period. The lead stayed between eight and 10 points until New Hampshire's late run. Four different players scored in the Bearcats run, during which New Hampshire came up empty on three shots from the field and three trips to the line.
The Bearcats were whistled for 22 fouls, but caught a break as New Hampshire connected on just 11-of-28 (39 percent) of its free throws, including just 1-of-11 in the first half. BU took advantage by closing the first half on a 15-5 run for a 29-21 halftime advantage.
The win moved Binghamton into a tie for third-place in the 10-team conference. The Bearcats will kick off the final third of the conference schedule when they visit Northeastern on Wednesday at 7 p.m. BU defeated the Huskies 44-29 at West Gymnasium earlier this season.
NOTES: Townley dished out seven assists in the game, giving her an even 400 for her career ... She ranks fourth in school history in assists ... Laws reached double figures for the 17th straight game and 19th time in 20 games this season ... The win marked the fifth game this season that the Bearcats won a game in the final minute of regulation or in overtime ... One of those wins was a 63-56 triumph over New Hampshire at Lundholm Gymnasium on Jan. 17 ... In that game, BU shrugged off an 11-point deficit in the final seven minutes to force overtime, and then held their hosts scoreless in the extra period.
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