DURHAM, N.H. - Binghamton University (4-9, 1-1 America East) claimed its first America East win over the University of New Hampshire, 62-49, during men's basketball action Thursday night at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Binghamton opened the game on a 5-0 run after a 3-pointer from Ian Milne at 17:35. New Hampshire claimed its only lead at 14:25 after Chris Vetrano (Andover, Mass.) converted a basket from the three-point arc and the Wildcats led 9-8.
The lead would not stick for long and Binghamton quickly began to pull away. Andre Heard posted a lay up at 10:29 to put the Bearcats ahead by 10. Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia) poured in a 3-pointer from the right wing at 10:02 to pull New Hampshire within seven points (24-17). The Bearcats answered back with a jumper from Heard at 9:42 and a 3-pointer from Ian Milne at 9:08. Binghamton was able to maintain a double-digit lead until Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass.) converted two free throws at 5:18 to cut the lead to eight (34-26). Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) added a lay up at 4:13 to pull New Hampshire to within eight. The game remained scoreless until Milne scored the last basket of the half at the 42-second mark. Binghamton led 36-28 at the half.
Branimir Zeko (Mississauga, Ontario) converted two free throws at 17:03 in the second half that cut the lead to four points with Binghamton leading 36-32.
The Bearcats broke the game open with a 16-2 run that started when Sebastian Hermenier sank a jumper at 16:42. Brandon Odom (Dorchester, Mass.) posted a lay up at 9:56 but by then Binghamton held an 18-point lead over the Wildcats.
Binghamton scored 26 points off Wildcat turnovers. Milne registered a double-double for the Bearcats, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Heard also contributed with 21 points. Janev was the high scorer for New Hampshire with 12 points.
New Hampshire (2-11, 0-3 America East) will host the University of Hartford Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.