Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) With just about 12 minutes to play against Albany, the Bearcats took a 44-43 lead. What followed? A 14-4 Great Danes run to make it eight straight wins over their SUNY Rivals.
A key problem in that stretch was BU's inability to knock down shots against Albany's zone. After hitting four threes to start the second half, the Bearcats went ice cold.
That ineffective stretch against the Great Danes defense is one of the big factors coach Tommy Dempsey pointed to afterwards.
"I thought our quality of shot was decent. You know you knock some of those in and maybe they jump right out of the zone," said Dempsey. "When they're not going in, then there's no reason to get out of the zone. We didn't give them enough of a reason to get out of the zone, so that was crucial."
BU faces a little different type of defense against UMBC on Saturday. The Retrievers like to press, so the Bearcats guards will get another type of test.