Bearcats fall to 0-4 with loss to Belmont
11/20/2012 (Updated 10:47:39 PM)NASHVILLE -- Binghamton (0-4) ended their two-game road trip in Tennessee with a 66-47 defeat at the hands of Belmont (2-3) Tuesday evening from the Curb Event Center. The Bruins had three scorers in double figures, led by guard Katie Brooks who scored a game-high 15 points.
In first half action, the Bearcats got off on the wrong foot as they fell behind 11-3 just eight minutes in. BU started off 1-of-10 from the field and 1-of-4 from the charity stripe as they started to dig themselves out of an early hole. Freshman Kandace Newry got things going for the visiting squad off the bench, connecting on a pair of jumpers off the dribble to slice Belmonts lead to just six, 13-7.
Later in the half, a driving layup from junior guard Jasbriell Swain and a skillful face up move from freshman forward Morgan Murphy made it Belmont 21, Binghamton 15 with 3:54 left. Murphy used a series of jab steps creating space and was able to step through and connect on the layup plus the foul.
Minutes after, it was Swain creating offense once again as she drove through the lane and found an open Sherae Swinson who swished a 12-foot jumper to make the score 23-19. Belmont closed out the half on a 6-1 run that was highlighted by a Julianne Downs jumper with five seconds remaining. Downs lead all scorers with nine points at half, while Swinson was again the standout for Binghamton. The sophomore from Odenton, Maryland led BU with five points and five rebounds at intermission.
The Bruins came out the locker room blazing, jumping ahead on a 7-2 run which was led by Jordan Colemans back-to-back buckets. A driving layup from Katie Brooks gave Belmont a 35-22 lead, their largest of the game. With the Bruins offense rolling, junior point guard Vaneeshia Paulk tried to stop the bleeding when she completed a three-point play off a baseline driving layup. Paulk followed the basket with a transition bucket at the 14-minute mark, cutting the lead to 10.
Senior Mallory Lawes came off the bench to hit a corner three-pointer in the second half and followed it up with a free throw minutes later to cut the lead to just nine with 11 minutes left. From this point on, Belmont enforced its will, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Redshirt freshman center Blair Rice made a nice turn around hook shot to give the home squad a 51-37 advantage, and just four minutes later it was the teams leading scorer Alyssa Visbeen who sealed the victory with a three-point play that eventually would gave the Bruins the 66-47 win.
Murphy led the Bearcats in scoring with 10 points, including her first career three-point field goal. Both Swinson and Paulk contributed nine points, while Swain tallied eight points and seven rebounds in the defeat.
Binghamton struggled in their half court offense, shooting 15-of-52 (.288) from the field and committed 17 turnovers overall. With the loss, BU is off to their longest winless streak to begin a season since 2009, the Bearcats finished that year with an 11-19 record.
Binghamton returns home to play Saturday against Siena for a 4 pm tip at the Events Center. The game will be the first of a double header, concluding with the men who play Marywood at 7. BU is 3-0 all-time versus the Saints, most recently beating them 80-70 from Loudonville, N.Y.
(Courtesy: BU Athletics)
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