JERSEY CITY, NJ (WBNG BINGHAMTON) St. Peter’s (2-3) drilled a pair of three-pointers in the final 2:23 and the Peacocks ended the game with a 10-2 run to hold off visiting Binghamton (1-5) 70-57 on Tuesday night from the Yanitelli Center.
The Bearcats shot 43 percent, which was a notch higher than St. Peter’s (42%), but the hosts parlayed 15 offensive rebounds and 17 BU turnovers into 15 more shot attempts. Binghamton also hurt its cause by struggling at the free throw line for the second straight game. After missing 12 foul shots in the loss to Radford on Saturday, BU left 13 points at the line Tuesday night, hitting just 11-of-21 and missing the front-end of three 1-and-1 opportunities.
“It was a good effort but the better team won,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said afterward. “St. Peter’s shot the ball well, especially in some timely spots. We showed a lot of fight and I was pleased with that ... at times it looked like it might slip away but we found a way to fight back. But then we had some crucial communication lapses defensively and it hurt us. After we cut it to 60-55 and needed a stop, they hit the three-pointer and that was probably the biggest shot of the game (with 2:23 left). They made us pay for those mistakes.”
Sophomore guard Jordan Reed recorded his third double-double of the season with team-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Reed netted 12 points in the second half. Freshman guard Yosef Yacob added a season-high 17 points, including 10 in the second half. Yacob hit 5-of-9 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Classmate Marlon Beck II added seven points and four steals.
St. Peter’s stretched a six-point halftime lead and led 40-32 before Yacob hit two driving layups that bookended a Reed three-pointer (off a Yacob steal) and the 7-0 run brought BU to within one, 40-39, with 12:23 left. But as they did throughout the second half, the Peacocks answered - this time with back-to-back easy buckets as the Bearcats lost track of bodies in the back of their zone defense. Binghamton mounted one more rally, cutting an 11-point deficit to five - all courtesy of the Yacob-Reed combination. Yacob’s three-pointer with 4:25 remaining brought it back to single digits and Reed converted a floater in the lane to pull BU within five, 60-55, with 2:49 left. But St. Peter’s hit a three-pointer on its next possession and after another fast break layup from the hosts, BU coughed it up three times in 39 seconds to seal its fate.
The Peacocks used a 10-0 run late in the first half to grab a 30-24 halftime lead. After BU scored the game’s first five points, the teams traded baskets for much of the period. Reed scored eight points and Yacob added seven, including a three-pointer that gave the Bearcats a 21-18 advantage with 5:31 left. But the hosts limited BU to just one field goal the rest of the half and scored 12 of the last 15 points in the period. Seven of the first nine fouls were whistled against BU but it was the Bearcats’ own free throw misses that hampered their offense. Binghamton hit just 5-of-10 from the line. St. Peter’s held a 20-13 advantage on the boards in the opening frame and outscored BU 22-2 in the paint.
Reed is averaging 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds on the season. His rebound figure ranks ninth in the nation.
Binghamton returns home to host Colgate at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Events Center.