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Junior forward Greer Wright split a double-team and drained a 15-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds left to lift Binghamton (7-11, 2-1 AE) to a 64-62 win over visiting Stony Brook (11-6, 3-1 AE) Tuesday night from the Events Center. The win was BU's 14th in the last 18 meetings between the two longtime SUNY rivals.
Wright pumped in a career- and game-high 27 points to offset the long-range shooting of Stony Brook guard Bryan Dougher, who drained 7-of-12 three-pointers, and barely missed a desperation 52-footer at the buzzer. The shot banked off the backboard and off the front rim.
"It was a game of wills tonight," interim head coach Mark Macon said. "Stony Brook gave us a tough ride and almost pulled the game out. We played better today. We still have things to improve but we accepted the challenge and got our feet back under us."
Wright, who hit 11-of-19 from the floor, scored nine points in the final 4:11 and the game was in his hands as BU set up its final possession with the score tied 62-62. From the right side, he dribbled between a pair of Stony Brook defenders and swished a 15-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds left.
"Our go-to guy made plays tonight," Macon said of Wright. "He really wore his pants well."
With Wright hitting on all cylinders, BU built a five-point halftime lead and shot 50% in the second half to pin the first conference loss on the Seawolves.
Junior forward Moussa Camara contributed 12 points and drew a key charge on Stony Brook guard Muhammad El-Amin with 18 seconds left and BU protecting a 61-59 lead. The Seawolves then were forced to foul Wright, who made 1-of-2 from the line with 0:18 remaining. Down 62-59, Dougher made a deep three-pointer with 0:09 left to forge the tie and set up Wright's heroics.
Junior guard Chretien Lukusa had 11 points and six rebounds and freshman center Pina Guillaume added eight points and a pair of blocks. Wright eclipsed the 20-point scoring mark for the fifth time this season and also collected six rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes.
The Bearcats conclude their three-game homestand by hosting Boston University Thursday night.