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Bearcats lose to Brown on buzzer beater

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Alexander Jordin hit the game-winning basket at the buzzer, leading Brown (6-1) to a 67-65 win over Binghamton (2-5) in a non-conference women's basketball game on Thursday night at Pizzitola Sports Center. The game marked the finale of three straight road contests for the Bearcats.

The defeat ended a vailant Binghamton comeback in the fourth period. The Bearcats were down 58-50 through three periods but stormed all the way back to tie the game at 65-65 with six seconds left on a layup by sophomore guard Imani Watkins. With no timeouts, however, the Bears brought the ball back up court and Jordin sank her shot from the left of the basket.

Watkins, who finished with 18 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and a pair of steals, was one of four Binghamton players to reach double figures in scoring. Sophomore forward Alyssa James led all scorers with 19 points and added seven rebounds. Freshman forward Rebecca Carmody finished with 14 points and six rebounds while senior guard Kim Albrecht chipped in 11 points.

Alexander led Brown with 18 points. Mary Butler and Rebecca Musgrove each added 12 points.

The Bearcats took an 18-17 lead after one period of play. The lead swung back and fourth before James made the go-ahead layup with one second left to go in the period.

The Bears regrouped went on a 12-2 run in a span of 2:27 to go up 31-27 with 5:57 left in the second period. Musgrove drained a pair of three-point field goals during that stretch. From there, Brown took a 39-33 lead at the break.

Binghamton tied the game at 43-43 on a three-point play by Carmody with 6:55 left in the third period. Brown, however, reeled off the next eight points to go up 51-43 with 3:53 left to go. Martin Kennedy had four points during that stretch.

Brown maintained its eight point led to the end of the period. That set the stage for the Bearcats' comeback as well as Alexander's heriocs.

Senior forward Kristin Ross finished with a career-high nine rebounds. Freshman forward McKayla Hernandez, who hit a key three-point field goal during the fourth period comeback, added four assists and a team-high three steals.

James has now reached double figures in six of the Bearcats' seven games. She is averaging a team-best 15.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. Against Brown, she also added a blocked shot to give her a team-best 20 rejections for the season (2.9 bpg.).

Watkins, who has reached double figures five times this season, is now up to 14.3 points per game.

Binghamton returns home to face Colgate on Monday at 7 p.m.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)
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