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Bearcats Efforts Come Up Short In Second Half

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WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point (3-5) shot 57 percent in the second half and used a 15-3 run to pull away from Binghamton Men's basketball (2-5) 67-56 Wednesday night at Christl Arena.

The teams were tied 29-29 two minutes into the second half before the Black Knights used the run to build a double-digit lead, 44-32, with 12:20 left. Senior guard J.C. Show hit two three-pointers in a 31-second span to keep BU close and after a layup from senior forward Caleb Stewart, BU trailed by only five, 50-45, with 7:05 left. But Army scored the next five points to stretch it back to double figures and the Bearcats drew no closer than seven the rest of the way.

"They made some daggers in the second half," head coach Tommy Dempsey said. "Army played like a veteran team that needed a win on its home floor. I thought our defense was there all night … but it just wasn't a great offensive performance. The difference between winning and losing at this level is very small and we have to keep growing and getting better."

Freshman guard Sam Sessoms scored a game-high 19 points (12 in second half) despite being limited to 29 minutes with foul trouble. Show gave BU a second player in double digits with 13 points – all in the second half. Sophomore wing Albert Odero wound up with eight points in 12 minutes of action.

Both teams were cold to start the game and eight minutes in, Army led 8-4. Down 13-7 halfway through the period, BU exploded for a 10-0 run to take a 17-13 lead with 8:03 left. Freshman center Calistus Anyichie led the run with a three-point play at the rim. Sophomore wing Albert Odero tallied five points in his six-minute late-half entry and Sessoms had seven points to pace the offense.

The Bearcats missed the front-end of three 1-and-1s late in the half, leaving six points at the charity stripe. Both teams recorded 10 field goals and BU carried a 24-23 lead into the break.

Binghamton next welcomes Hartwick to the Events Center at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Courtesy: Binghamton University Athletics