Vestal, NY (WBNG BinghamtonFreshman guard Jordan Reed scored 17 points and grabbed a school-record 18 rebounds and Binghamton men’s basketball got into the win column with a 62-54 triumph over visiting St. Peter’s Sunday afternoon at the Events Center. The win against the previously unbeaten Peacocks wrapped up a busy five-games-in-ten-days stretch to open the season.
“I’m very proud of our team,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “This win was a result of a lot of hard work over the last six months. It was important to get a win over a quality team ... one that was unbeaten with a road win over a Big East team. These guys have been unbelievable to coach. They kept believing and kept practicing with a great attitude and today they fought on the floor and on the glass. We had a good balance today and we played good basketball on offense against a team that is a very good defensive team. We looked like more of a complete basketball team today ... we are starting to figure it out.”
Reed exploded to the rim for five dunks en route to a team-high 17 points and he took down the school’s rebounding record (Division I era) with his 18 boards. In the second half alone, Reed poured in 13 points and 11 rebounds to secure his second double-double in three games. He is averaging 16.7 points and 12.3 rebounds in his young collegiate career.
The see-saw game featured 14 ties and 14 lead changes. The last tie was at 46-46 with 5:39 remaining before BU went on a 7-0 run that featured three points apiece from Reed and junior center Alex Ogundadegbe. A free throw from senior guard Jimmy Gray pushed the Bearcats’ lead to seven, 53-46, with 2:41 left. Saint Peter’s kept the game within reach and trailed just 55-50 with 2:06 left before Reed skied to retrieve a missed layup and jammed it home with 1:06 left. That basket boosted BU’s lead to 57-50 and the Bearcats made five free throws in the final 41 seconds to seal the win. Junior guard K.J. Brown made three of those clutch foul shots in the final 18 seconds.
Neither team led by more than four in the first half and the teams entered the locker room all even 27-27. Junior center Roland Brown scored 10 of his 15 points in the first frame and Brown added six rebounds as BU went inside for a size advantage.
Reed took over in the second half, scoring five points in a 1:15 span (including a dunk) and hitting the glass. Ogundadegbe added a key layup and free throw in his six second-half minutes. Clinging to a four-point lead with 4:06 left, Ogundadegbe took a bullet post feed from freshman guard Karon Waller and converted in tight space to give BU a 52-46 lead. Waller played a season-high 24 minutes and contributed five points, four rebounds and two assists.
Reed hit 7-of-15 from the field and added two blocks and an assist in 38 minutes. He drew postgame praise from Dempsey.
“Jordan has a chance to be very special,” Dempsey said of his first BU recruit. “He will be a handful for people moving forward ... he’s so relentless. Jordan is a big piece for us and to see what an impact he’s had after just three games is impressive.”
Roland Brown wound up with 15 points and eight rebounds and K.J. Brown added eight points and two steals. Gray chipped in six points - three free throws in the final 2:41 - and a team-high four assists.
The Bearcats enjoyed a 46-35 rebound margin and shot 43 percent from the field.
Binghamton next hosts Marywood on Saturday, November 24.