BINGHAMTON CAGERS EARN SEASON SPLIT WITH 62-54 WIN OVER UNH

UNH's Ben Sturgill Posts Fifth Double-Double Of Season For 'Cats

Ben Sturgill

DURHAM, N.H.-- Andre Heard scored 16 points to lead Binghamton University to a 62-54 America East victory over the University of New Hampshire in men's basketball Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gym.

The Bearcats (9-14 overall, 6-8 America East) earned the season split due mainly to an explosive start to the contest, as the visitors outscored the Wildcats (7-16 overall, 3-11 America East) by a 15-1 margin and then by a 20-3 difference with 11:56 remaining in the first half. Binghamton led by as many as17 points (25-8) with 7:42 left before the half, but UNH fought its way back into contention, cutting the Bearcat lead to just four points (29-25) with a 17-4 run of its own. Binghamton, which led the rest of the game, went into the lockerroom with a 33-27 advantage.

In the second half the visitors opened up a 13 point advantage (50-37) on a three-pointer by Troy Hailey. The Wildcats trimmed the lead to five points (50-45) on a free throw by senior center Ben Sturgill (Hamilton, Ohio) with 7:19 to play in the contest. Binghamton iced the victory from the free throw line, connecting on 6 of 6 attempts from the charity stripe in the final four minutes.

In addition to the 16 points by Heard, Alex Adediran poured in 13 points and Hailey chipped in 10 points.

Sturgill led the Wildcats with his fifth double-double of the season, as he scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high 10 boards. Also scoring in double figures for the Wildcats was freshman point guard Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) who chipped in 11 points.

The UNH men's basketball team will return to action at home on Thu., Feb. 17 when the squad entertains Hartford. Game time is 7 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.

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