BINGHAMTON (AP/WBNG) -- Aaron Calixte swished two free throws with 1.1 seconds on the clock and Isaiah White picked off the final inbounds pass as Maine held onto a 76-73 come-from-behind win to spoil Binghamton's America East Conference opener on Saturday.
"It's a tough loss," said Binghamton head coach Tommy Dempsey afterwards. "There's no way around that. It's tough to lose your home opener, but our season won't be defined by the game. We have a two-month grinde here in this conference play and every night you have to be ready."
Maine (4-13, 1-1) was coming off a crushing one-point loss at Stony Brook on Thursday after rallying from 20 points down. The Black Bears came from 10 points down in the last 15 minutes on Saturday, Ilker Er scoring 10 of his game-high 23 points in a 27-17 run spanning nearly 12 minutes as Er's 3-pointer gave Maine a 64-61 lead with 4:17 left.
Binghamton (9-7, 0-1) fell behind twice by six points but two J.C. Show free throws made it 74-73 with three seconds left, and the Bearcats appeared to strip the ball from Calixte with man defense on the inbounds pass. But the ball came loose, Calixte wrapped it up and made the clinching free throws.
"It's very frustrating, man," added Binghamton junior guard J.C. Show. "We've put a lot of time into this, and when we don't do what we're suppose to do out there, it's very frustrating. Like coach said, it's not going to define our season. We have to learn from this. Everyone of us in the locker room right now, everybody back there, is very frustrated, very upset and for good reason. We're a better team than we played today, and we have to start playing like it."
He finished with 18 points and White 13. Show led Binghamton with 20, Thomas Bruce adding 12 in his first game back from an ankle injury.