Bearcats Fall 73-58 In Final Game Of The Regular SeasonPosted: Updated:
Vestal, N.Y. - Binghamton University Men's basketball team was riding some momentum heading into their final game of the regular season on Tuesday night. The Bearcats defeated Maine 83-60 over the weekend, clinching the No. 7 seed for the upcoming America East Tournament. However, with a win over SUNY rival, the University of Albany on Tuesday night, they could split the season series and give Binghamton a share of sixth place in the standings with the Great Danes.
Unfortunately, the Great Danes defense was too overwhelming for the Bearcats, resulting in a 73-58 loss. The Bearcats leading scorer Sam Sessoms tied a season-low, scoring only 7 points.
Visiting Albany (12-19, 7-9 America East) produced a 22-0 run that supported both sides of halftime and the Great Danes shot 56 percent in the second half to overwhelmed Binghamton men's basketball (9-22, 5-11 AE) 73-58 in the regular season finale Tuesday night at the Events Center.
Senior forward Chancellor Barnard led BU with 15 points, seven boards and three blocks. Senior guard J.C. Show had 11 points and senior forward Caleb Stewart added 10 points..
Head Coach Tommy Dempsey's message to the team after their final regular season game
"I was disappointed with the way we played tonight," Dempsey said. "But we will move forward and get this taste out of our mouths. We've been playing so much better than we played tonight. Albany was very good defensively and forced us into a lot of tough shots and we didn't shoot it as well as we have been shooting. We let our lack of ability to get going offensively affect our defensive intensity and that's when the game got away from us."
Tuesday night's game wasn't only the final game of the regular season but also the final time five players will play basketball in a Bearcats jersey at the Events Center.
J.C. Show, Caleb Stewart, Everson Davis, Chancellor Barnard and Timmy Rose officially played their last game in front of the team's home crowd. Although each player has a different story line and played different roles throughout their time at BU, all of the moments will certainly stick with head coach Tommy Dempsey.
"It's hard for me to put it in words and it's hard for me to hide my emotions on how much I care about them" said Dempsey. "I've enjoyed having them here with me. It hasn't always been easy for any of us but we've always stayed together."
Senior Timmy Rose on his last time playing at the Events Center
"I've always loved playing in front of this crowd. They've stuck through us through thin and thick" said Rose. We can't thank them enough. For it to be the last time I step on that court. It's kind of mind blowing. It really went by so fast."
Binghamton University travels to Long Island for a quarterfinal match up with Stony Brook on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.