Men’s basketball late rally comes up short against CanisiusTweet
Visiting Canisius led by as many as 18 points before holding off Binghamton down the stretch for a 55-45 victory Nov. 30 from the Events Center. Playing in front of 4,302 fans, the Bearcats dug themselves a 16-point halftime deficit and could not recover, though they cut the margin to as little as seven in the final minutes.
Trailing 43-25 with 9:03 remaining, Binghamton (1-5) embarked on a 16-5 run to make the score 48-41 with 2:14 left. But Canisius (3-2) made four free throws in the final 1:39 and the Bearcats missed three jumpers and two free throws to seal their fate.
Senior forward Greer Wright netted a game-high 23 points, but hit just 6-of-16 and missed five of six three-point attempts. Wright had 18 of those points in the second half and converted 10-of-12 free throws. He also led the team with six rebounds. No other Bearcat had more than six points.
Binghamton shot just 30 percent for the game and hit just 3-of-18 from beyond the arc.
“We came out with intensity in the second half,” head coach Mark Macon said. “We played a little better and I applaud our younger guys. In the first half we weren’t attacking the basket ... we were taking too many jumpers. We’re slowly getting better.”
The Bearcats led 10-8 with 10:56 left in the half but scored just two points the rest of the period and Canisius outscored them 20-2 to end the half. The Griffs went on a 12-0 run that spanned 5:35 to turn the deficit into a double-digit lead. Binghamton couldn’t find a rhythm on offense and shot just 22 percent from the field in the first half, including 2-of-12 from beyond the arc. The Bearcats also committed 12 turnovers, including three offensive charge calls - two of which sent Wright to the bench after only 11 minutes of action.