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Binghamton Men's Hoops Falls in Overtime 73-66

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VESTAL, N.Y. - Visiting New Hampshire 9-9, 2-3 America East) hit all four shots in overtime and held off Binhgamton (2-18, 1-4 AE) 73-66 Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The game featured 11 ties, 12 lead changes and multiple video reviews.

The final review was costly to the Bearcats, who thought they were headed to the free throw line at the regulation buzzer. The whistle blew as freshman forward Bobby Ahearn was coralling an offensive rebound with the game tied at 60-60. On a last-possession miss from freshman Justin McFadden in the lane, Ahearn pulled down the board but after a second look at the scorers' table, officials determined the horn sounded before the foul was called and the teams headed back out for the five-minute extra period. New Hampshire outscored BU 11-4 to end the overtime, snapping BU's two-game win streak against the Wildcats.

"It's a tough loss to say the least," head coach Tommy Dempsey said. "It was there for us ... we played well enough to win and we weren't able to find a way at the end. We had the ball in a tie game with a chance to win and it's frustrating not to get it. Then we didn't play well enough in overtime. The guys played really hard and we all thought we had the game won. But there's no doubt this team is getting better."

McFadden led five Bearcats in double figures with 12 points. He also collected three blocks, three steals and three rebounds. Freshman guard Romello Walker also had 12 points - all after halftime. Freshman forward Willie Rodriguez and sophomore guard Marlon Beck II added 11 points apiece and second-year guard Yosef Yacob added 10 points. Rodriguez nearly had a double-double with nine rebounds. Beck reached double figures for the third time in the last four games. Ahearn contributed eight points, seven boards and two steals.

The Bearcats made just 1-of-6 shots in overtime and missed six free throws. The team left 13 points at the foul line in the game, going 18-for-31. Binghamton's trapping defense forced 22 Wildcat turnovers but UNH steadied itself with 52 percent shooting. The visitors also put five players in double figures, led by Tanner Leissner, who tallied a game-high 17 points.

(Courtesy: Binghamton University Athletics)
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