A Tale of Two Halves
The Binghamton Bearcats men's basketball team played at vastly different levels in Durham, New Hampshire today (Saturday). The first half belonged to the host Wildcats. The second half to the Bearcats. The difference was New Hampshire's dominance in that first half.
The Wildcats were almost unstoppable in the first 20 minutes hitting 16 of 25 shots for a 64 percent clip. They made seven of ten three- point shots for a blistering 70 percent rate. On the other side the Bearcats went 9-24 for 38 percent and made just a pair of three-point shots in 12 attempts and trailed 42-22 at the end of the first half.
It was a different story in the second half as Binghamton outscored the Wildcats 44-31. The Bearcats offense came alive making 56 percent of shots attempted and scoring on six of 14 three- point attempts. But the large first half margin proved too much to overcome. The Bearcats largest deficit was 24 points with 3:10 left in the first half.
Binghamton cut the Wildcat lead to 12 twice before an 18-4 run in the closing minutes brought the Bearcats within striking distance. The Bearcats cut the lead to five points in the closing minute but could pull no closer.
Bobby Ahearn led the Bearcats in scoring with 17 points. Marlon Beck hit for 15 points and Timmy Rose also hit for double figures with ten points. Daniel Dion led all scorers with 23 points including five three-point baskets. Iba Camara notched 19 points with 17 coming in the first half and Jaleen Smith struck for 18 points for the winners.
Binghamton falls to 0-4 in America East while New Hampshire to 2-1. Next up for the Bearcats is a trip to Albany on Thursday night at 7 PM.