VESTAL (WBNG BINGHAMTON) Senior guard Akeem Williams scored a game-high 23 points and visiting UMass Lowell (3-11, 2-1 AE) shot 59 percent in the second half to overtake Binghamton (4-12, 1-2 AE) 71-59 Saturday afternoon at the Events Center.
The River Hawks used a 20-0 run to turn a 39-33 deficit into a 14-point lead midway through the second half. The Bearcats could pull no closer than seven the rest of the way. During the run, which spanned exactly five minutes, Binghamton went 0-for-7 and Williams and Chad Holley drilled two three-pointers apiece to pace Lowell’s offense.
“It was a tough day for us,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “Give Lowell credit ... they played really hard, got off to a good start and kept fighting. They smelled a win and we struggled to shoot the ball, especially in the second half. I thought defensively we were a step slow and then it got away from us. It was a disappointing day.”
Binghamton led 27-26 after a back-and-forth first half that featured five ties and nine lead changes. Then after Jordan Reed tallied four points in a 28-second span in the second half, BU’s lead was six - its largest of the game, 39-33. But Lowell hit back-to-back three-pointers in a 27-second span and the ensuing big run gave the Division I newcomers their second-straight league win.
Freshman guard Yosef Yacob paced the Bearcats with a season-high 22 points (15 in second half) on 9-of-15 shooting. Yacob hit 3-of-6 from beyond the arc but the rest of the team struggled to 1-of-16 shooting from three-point range. Reed wound up with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Lowell put four players in double figures and drilled 10-of-22 from the perimeter. Williams had nine assists and seven rebounds to go with his point total.
The Bearcats pay three of the next four on the road, beginning with Wednesday’s game at defending regular season champion Stony Brook.
(Courtesy: Binghamton University)