Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Third-seeded Hartford (17-15) used 15-point runs early in each half to advance past sixth-seeded Binghamton (7-23) 69-42 in an America East quarterfinal game Saturday night from Albany’s SEFCU Arena.
The Hawks shot 52 percent and used a stifling defense to force 16 turnovers and limit BU to just 29 percent shooting.
Bearcats react to season-ending loss
The Bearcats cut an 11-point deficit to seven less than a minute into the second half on a pair of three-pointers from freshman guard Yosef Yacob. But the Hawks responded with a 17-2 run and never looked back, ending BU’s season.
Binghamton’s leading scorer and the No. 2 scorer in the conference, Jordan Reed, was held scoreless until midway through the second half and BU never got comfortable, managing just seven field goals in each half.
“It was a tough night for us,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “We got beat up … give Hartford credit. They took it to us and outplayed us for 40 minutes. We need to continue our development as a program and use this as motivation.”
It was a rough start to the game for the Bearcats, who misfired on 7-of-8 and found themselves down 17-3 eight minutes into the contest. Hartford hit 7-of-12 to start and BU compounded its problems with three turnovers in the first five minutes. Sophomore guard Karon Waller hit a three and a pair of free throws and freshman guard Marlon Beck II followed with a layup and three to key a 10-3 BU run that trimmed the deficit to seven, 20-13, with 6:12 left in the half. But the Hawks kept up their sharpshooting with three three-pointers in the final 3:01 and Hartford took a 31-20 lead into intermission. The Hawks shot 55 percent and made 6-of-10 threes.
Yacob scored a team-high 10 points.
Mark Nwakamma and Taylor Dyson paced Hartford with 19 points apiece.
(Courtesy: Binghamton University)