Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Sophomore guard Jordan Reed racked up 16 rebounds and 13 points but it wasn’t enough to lift Binghamton men’s basketball over visiting Albany Wednesday night. The Great Danes (14-13, 8-6 America East) defeated the Bearcats (6-20, 3-10 AE) 57-48 in front of 3,067 fans and an ESPN3 audience at the Events Center.
Reed, the leading rebounder in the conference at 6-foot-4, notched his third double-double in the last four games (8th overall) and added three steals and two blocks. But the Bearcats were hampered by 33 percent shooting and saw their two-game win streak snapped.
“Unfortunately we didn’t play well tonight,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “It was a tough second half ... we turned it over too much and didn’t make enough shots. Our defense was good but you can’t defend turnovers. Albany’s zone caused us some problems ... it puts pressure on the ‘3’ ball and even though our quality of shots was decent, we just didn’t make enough of them. We tried to probe their zone but you have to make shots at the back end. I thought we did a good job forcing turnovers in the first half and played our best basketball at the end of the first half and beginning of the second half but we couldn’t sustain it.”
Reed’s three-point play with 12:20 left in the game gave BU a 44-43 lead and energized the crowd, which featured a large student contingent underneath the south end basket. But from there Albany slowly seized control with a 14-2 run that evolved over the game’s final 12 minutes. Binghamton managed just two field goals in the final 10:12, misfiring on 12-of-14 shots to end the game. Nine turnovers during that stretch run (12 in second half) also were costly.
Albany shot 58 percent in the first half but BU forced 11 turnovers and Yacob’s nine points helped BU keep it close, down 31-27 at the break.
Freshman guard Yosef Yacob scored 12 points - the 13th time this season he’s reached double figures - and senior guard Rayner Moquete added 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
Reed bumped up his conference-best rebound average to 8.7 per game. In his last six games, he is averaging 16.3 points and 11.3 boards.
Albany shot 41 percent for the game and had three players in double figures, led by Peter Hooley (13 pts.).
Binghamton next travels to Baltimore for a Saturday night game at UMBC.
(Courtesy: Binghamton University Athletics)