Point Guard Showdown Worthy of Any Seen In a Long Time
The Binghamton Bearcats come-from-behind 77-75 victory over the NJIT Highlanders was as good as it gets for the Bearcats and their fans, It's been a rare thing for Bearcats' fans to witness. A 12-point halftime deficit turned into a come-from-behind two-point win. This will be a game players and fans will talk about all season. The fact that Binghamton was down in the opening minutes 14-2 only makes it more amazing.
But the story behind the story was the showdown between two of the best point guards in Mid Major basketball... Sam Sessoms and Zach Cooks. In the second half they landed key shot after key shot like two heavyweight boxers going toe to toe. Sam Sessoms of the Bearcats, scored 27 second-half points and 33 overall and Zach Cooks netted 18 points in the first half and 35 overall.
Sessoms, last year's America East Rookie of the Year went 10-16 in the second half including a 5-8 showing beyond the arc. Cooks, a Preseason ASUN First Team pick made 5-11 second half shots and went 4-6 from three-point range.
Fittingly for the Bearcats Sessoms sped by Cooks at the top of the key with just over two seconds left and sunk the winning bucket. The two team leaders were outstanding and provided a lot of excitement for both sides throughout the night.