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Junior forward Viive Rebane had a team-high 16 points and nine rebounds while freshman guard Jasbriell Swain finished with 10 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, leading Binghamton (15-8, 8-2 AE) to a 47-40 come-from-behind win over UMBC (13-10, 7-3 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Wednesday night at the Events Center. With the win, the Bearcats take over sole possession of second place in the America East Conference.
Binghamton is now 9-0 at the Events Center this season, marking its best home start to a season in its 10-year Division I era. In addition, the Bearcats are off to their best start through 10 conference games since joining the America East in 2001.
In a tight defensive game, UMBC appeared to seize the momentum when Michelle Kurowski sank a three pointer midway through the second half. At that point, the score was 27-19 in favor of the Retrievers. Kurowski went on to finish with a game-high 17 points and added 11 rebounds.
Over the ensuing eight minutes, however, Binghamton's offense finally got on track, going on an 22-5 run to go up 41-32 with 2:14 left in regulation. Rebane had nine of her points during that decisive run.
"I was really proud of the way our team came back at the end," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "We haven't had to play from behind much at home, so to show the resolve we did was terrific."
As for Swain, she pulled down the most rebounds by a Binghamton player since current assistant coach Leah Truncale grabbed 19 rebounds against Colgate on Dec. 21, 2001.
Like Rebane, junior point guard Andrea Holmes just missed a double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds. Rebane did add a pair of blocks while Swain posted a game-high three steals.