Binghamton rallies to 59-56 victory over UMBC

Retrievers earn early lead but go cold in second half

January 29, 2004|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

UMBC took an early 10-point lead, but poor shooting from the field doomed the Retreivers in the second half during a 59-56 loss to Binghamton last night at the RAC Arena.

The Retrievers (6-12, 3-6 America East) got 17 points from Kareem Washington, but they shot 34.4 percent from the field in the second half, including Washington's miss on a three-point attempt to tie the game as time expired.

"When we play good defense and we don't score on offense, it pretty much cancels out the defense," Washington said.

Typical for UMBC was the sequence that came shortly after Brandon Carter's jumper broke the last of nine ties to put the Bearcats (9-11, 5-4) ahead 56-54 with 40 seconds left in the game.

The Retrievers went to center Andrew Feeley, whose hook shot missed. Binghamton guard Troy Hailey got the rebound and sent the outlet pass to center Nick Billings, whose dunk with 19 seconds left capped a 21-point, 11-rebound night.

This scenario is becoming all too familiar to the Retrievers, who are finding the opposing centers larger since the school changed from the Northeast Conference to America East.

"Since we've been in this league, we haven't been able to contain the [opposing center]," UMBC coach Tom Sullivan said.

"We're a defensive team, but there's nothing you can do when you have guys at certain positions who are better."

Up 19-9 at the 9:09 mark after six quick points each from Feeley and Cory McJimson, UMBC went on the first of two rough stretches, going five minutes without a score and allowing Binghamton to overcome its sluggish start.

Billings, who came into the game with 47 points in his previous two contests, scored four of his 10 first-half points on two dunks that put the Bearcats ahead 20-19 with 4:56 left.

UMBC took its final lead at the 6:58 mark, when Seth Davis hit the first of two free throws for a 43-42 advantage. But that didn't last, as Hailey made two three-pointers as part of an 8-0 run for the Bearcats.

Carter finished with 12 points for Binghamton, and McJimson scored 10 for UMBC.

Feeley was 4-for-14 from the floor for eight points, but he did have 10 rebounds.

BINGHAMTON - Hermenier 3-5 0-0 7, Williams 1-4 0-0 3, Billings 8-12 5-8 21, Hailey 3-6 0-1 8, Carter 4-12 1-2 12, Watson 0-1 0-0 0, Casseus 0-0 0-0 0, White 0-3 0-0 0, Adediran 4-7 0-1 8. Totals 23-50 6-12 59. UMBC - Davis 3-4 1-2 7, McJimson 5-11 0-1 10, Young 2-5 3-3 7, Gogerty 2-6 0-0 4, Pugh 1-4 0-0 3, Washington 7-17 0-0 17, Dinkins 0-0 0-0 0, Housman 0-0 0-0 0, Feeley 4-14 0-0 8. Totals 24-61 4-6 56. Half -29-29. 3-point goals-Binghamton 7-18 (Hermenier 1-3, Williams 1-4, Hailey 2-2, Carter 3-7, Watson 0-1, White 0-1), UMBC 4-10 (McJimson 0-1, Gogerty 0-2, Pugh 1-1, Washington 3-6). Rebounds-Binghamton 33 (Billings 11), UMBC 37 (Feeley 10). Assists-Binghamton 13 (Hailey 5), UMBC 14 (Feeley 4). Total fouls-Binghamton 13, UMBC 17. Technical fouls-Hermenier, Washington. Fouled out-Hermenier. A-1,436.

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