BU Men Suffer Heartbreaking Loss
The Binghamton Bearcats men's basketball team controlled the Loyola Greyhounds for the first 32 minutes of the games. But after that the game turned into the Greyhounds' show. Binghamton was up by 16 points with 7:43 to go in the second half but Loyola kept slicing that margin down and used a 12-2 run in the final 3:34 of regulation to tie the contest at 77-77 and send it into overtime. In the extra five minute session the Greyhounds outscored the Bearcats 13-8 to win 90-85.
The win ups Loyola's record to 5-5 while the Bearcats fall to 7-5. BU had won three in a row heading into the Loyola contest. Binghamton shot over 58 percent from the field and at times the Bearcats were hitting on better than 66 percent of their shots.
The Bearcats overcame six early turnovers and hit 11 of of their first 12 shots from the field.
The Greyhounds made seven of eight free throw attempts in overtime. After making nine first half turnovers the Bearcats only turned the ball over twice the rest of the game. The big problem for the Bearcats was rebounding. Loyola totaled 42 rebounds including 18 offensive boards. BU grabbed 26 rebounds and only six on the offensive boards.
Jarred Jones starred for the Greyounds with 25 points. Binghamton was led by Thomas Bruce with a career high 20 points. Willie Rodriguez returned to the starting lineup after seeing 13 minutes of action in the win at Colgate. In his return before the home crowd after a seven-game absence with a hamstring pull Rodriguez scored 17 points before fouling out late in regulation.
The Bearcats are idle until Saturday, December 17 when they host Delaware State at 2:00 PM. The BU women are also idle until Saturday when they host Misericordia at 4 PM as part of an Events Center doubleheader.