Saturday, January 31, 2009

Binghamton 83, Black Bears 77

Another double-digit lead, another tough America East loss. For the third consecutive game, the Black Bears worked their way to a double-figure lead only to fall in the end.

Binghamton Saturday got out of a 15-point, first-half hole and downed UMaine 83-77 at the Events Center in Vestal, N.Y. The Bearcats moved to 13-8 overall, 6-3 America East. The Black Bears tumble to 8-14, 3-6. A crowd in excess of 4,000 watched as Binghamton celebrated the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Events Center.

The loss, combined with Stony Brook's 56-55 win over UMBC Saturday, leaves UMaine in eighth-place. The Black Bears return home for a critical three-game stretch, beginning Tuesday against Stony Brook. UMaine's hopes of moving up in the standings and avoiding the dreaded play-in game at the league tournament, depend heavily on a successful stretch against Stony Brook, UMBC and Hartford.

At Binghamton, UMaine jumped out to a 25-10 lead and still held a 47-33 advantage four minutes into the second half. The Bearcats turned it around ... and quick. Within a four-minute span in the second half, Binghamton went on a 19-4 run to take the lead.

Mark Socoby (17 points) led four Black Bears in double figures. Troy Barnies had 13 with six rebounds. Kaimondre Owes added 12 points. Sean McNally tallied 12 points and was one of three Bears with seven rebounds. Gerald McLemore chipped in 10 points.

Junior Bernal had seven points, seven rebounds and six assists while Malachi Peay put in six points and pulled down seven rebounds.

America East's leading scorer, D.J. Rivera, paced Binghamton with 23 points. Malik Alvin had 20.

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