Binghamton Men Fall to Vermont, Seniors Play Final Home Game
In what would be the final home basketball game for Binghamton seniors Jimmy Gray, Mike Horn, Javon Ralling, and Taylor Johnston, the team fell to Vermont. Binghamton played with an inspired effort, but fell behind late in the game when it seemed like Vermont couldn't miss a 3 point shot. The final score didn't tell much of the story with Vermont winning 78-61.
Binghamton, for all intents and purposes, actually played solidly. The turnovers were held in check, Vermont was held to only 33% from the arc, and rebounding was about even for the teams. For Binghamton, its only 4 seniors started the game, along with fantastic Freshman Jordan Reed. Reed managed to score 18 and was only 1 rebound shy of a double-double. Gray scored 16 and hit 4 huge threes for the Bearcats.
Vermont proved to be efficient offensively. They shot 55%, when in contrast, Binghamton only managed a meager 35%. The shooting difference was key. Binghamton has struggled all season with shot making and this will clearly be something the team works on for next season.
Binghamton fell to 3-25 on the year. And still, this is an improvement from last season. Binghamton fans do have a few things to look forward to. First off, Reed will look to improve on the great season that he put together this year. If he puts up similar numbers, it wouldn't be a surprise if he garners some national attention. Also, Binghamton is expecting the return of redshirt Junior Robert Mansell. Mansell was arguably the Bearcats' best player last season, but he sat out this year with a knee injury. Mansell should improve the Bearcats' scoring threat. Binghamton and head coach Tommy Dempsey will look for about 5 wins next season as they continue to improve.
Binghamton's next game will be at UMBC on Sunday afternoon. Binghamton will play in the America East tournament like all other teams in the conference, but I wouldn't be expecting them to take the conference and an NCAA tournament bid.