Bearcats Fall In Buzzer Beater To ColumbiaPosted: Updated:
Vestal, N.Y. - Freshman guard Sam Sessoms led a huge second-half rally with 21 of his game-high 25 points but visiting Columbia (4-9) scored the game-winning jumper at the buzzer to beat Binghamton men's basketball (4-11) 65-63 Wednesday night at Dr. Bai Lee Court at the Events Center.
After Sessoms drilled his seventh three-pointer of the half (7-of-9 3-pt.) with nine seconds left to tie the game at 63-63, the Lions advanced the ball to halfcourt and called timeout with 2.2 seconds remaining. After barely escaping a five-second call on the inbounds, Columbia found forward Randy Brumant near the free throw line and he quickly dished to a cutting Gabe Stefanini. The Lions' leading scorer released the game-winner in the lane just before the horn sounded.
The loss spoiled a BU comeback from 19 points down in the second half. Trailing 45-26 with 16:01 left, Sessoms and the Bearcats roared back with a 29-7 run (11-of-13 FG). Sessoms netted 15 points in a six-minute span and his fifth three of the half evened the score at 52-52 with 7:28 left. Senior guard J.C. Show capped the big run with a go-ahead three from the right wing to give the Bearcats a 55-52 lead with 6:51 left.
Show then hit another clutch three-pointer with 2:59 left to cut a four-point Columbia cushion down to one. But Columbia hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 4:17 left and then made four free throws to stem the tide until the game-winning shot.
Binghamton, which shot 65 percent in the second half (15-of-23), received 14 points from senior forward Caleb Stewart (plus career-high five blocks) and eight points from Show. Senior forward Chancellor Barnard added a career-high tying 11 rebounds. Sessoms wound up shooting 9-of-15 and added five assists and two steals in 37 minutes.
The Bearcats dug themselves a 13-point halftime hole with 32 percent shooting and five missed three throws, including the front-end of two 1-and-1 opportunities.
Binghamton opens America East play on Saturday when the Bearcats host New Hampshire at 2 p.m. at the Events Center.
Couresy: Binghamton University Athletics