Bearcats Outlast Boston U. in OT Win.Posted: Updated:
VESTAL, N.Y. - Sophomore guard Sam Sessoms scored a school-record 40 points - 28 after halftime - to lift Binghamton men's basketball (5-5) to an 84-79 overtime win over visiting Boston University (3-7) Saturday afternoon at Dr. Bai Lee Court at the Events Center.
The see-saw game featured 11 ties and five lead changes and two brilliant individual performances. Sessoms made a school-record 15 field goals, shot 6-of-14 from beyond the arc and scored nine of Binghamton's 14 overtime points. Boston University senior forward Max Mahoney carried his team with 38 points and 13 rebounds.
After Bearcats' freshman forward George Tinsley gave the hosts a 70-68 lead with 41 seconds left in regulation, Mahoney countered with a bucket with 32 seconds left, forcing overtime. But Sessoms took over in the extra period. He drained a 3-pointer to give Binghamton the lead for good, 73-71, with 4:25 left. Sessoms then added two driving buckets while the Terriers misfired on 4-of-5. Senior guard Richard Caldwell asserted himself with a riveting fast break dunk with 1:22 left, pushing the Bearcats' lead up to six, 79-73. After Boston trimmed the margin to two, Sessoms stemmed the tide with a pair of free throws with 29 seconds left, giving Binghamton an 81-77 lead. Caldwell then finished off the scoring with a free throw and another thunderous dunk in the closing seconds. He produced his first collegiate double-double with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Boston made just 4-of-11 in the overtime period while Binghamton converted 5-of-8 shots.
Freshman guard Brenton Mills joined Sessoms and Caldwell in double figures with 10 points.
Binghamton now begins a 10-day break for final exams before traveling to play Youngstown State on Dec. 18.