Bearcats Run Out Of Gas Against Hartford

By wbng sports

February 7, 2013 Updated Feb 7, 2013 at 1:00 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

Sophomore forward Mark Nwakamma scored a game-high 22 points and Visiting Hartford (13-10, 6-4 AE) used a 17-4 second-half run to pull away from Binghamton (3-20, 1-9 AE) 76-62 in an America East men’s basketball game Wednesday night at the Events Center.

The teams were tied 46-46 with 16:02 to play before the Hawks capitalized on a combination of 1-for-7 Binghamton shooting and five turnovers to embark on the decisive run, which spanned 10:01.

Nwakamma netted 14 of his points in the second half and the Bearcats couldn’t respond, converting just 8-of-22 from the field (36%) over the final 20 minutes.

Freshman guard Jordan Reed paced Binghamton with 17 points and nine rebounds in 40 minutes. Senior forward Taylor Johnston drilled 4-of-6 from beyond the arc for 15 points and junior center Brian Freeman added 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

The Bearcats shot 52 percent in the first half and trailed by only two, 38-36, at intermission. Reed (11 pts.) and Freeman (10 pts.) carried the offensive load in a tight half that featured four ties and nine lead changes.

But the Hawks kept up their execution throughout the second half and the Bearcats’ 10-minute lull was costly.

Freshman guard Karon Waller came off the bench to produce eight points in 15 minutes of work.

Hartford held a 43-31 margin on the glass and turned 16 BU turnovers into 23 points.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)