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Men’s basketball season ends with loss to Vermont
March 8, 2011Tweet
Top-seeded Vermont (23-7) withstood a game effort from eighth-seeded Binghamton (8-23) and pulled away late for a 57-46 victory in the quarterfinals of the America East Tournament on March 5, from Hartford’s Chase Arena.
Despite shooting just 26 percent and being out-rebounded 49-27, Binghamton was within three points with eight minutes to play before an injury to all-conference post player Mahamoud Jabbi left them severely shorthanded in the interior. The Catamounts closed the game with a 13-5 run, including multiple put-backs born of offensive rebounding. Vermont compiled 17 offensive boards and exploited its height advantage, especially after Jabbi’s departure with an ankle injury.
Senior Moussa Camara scored 10 of his team-high 15 points in the second half and his two free throws pulled Binghamton to within three, 44-41, with 7:39 remaining. But with Jabbi on the bench and freshman bench player Alex Ogundadegbe called on to cover all-conference forwards Evan Fjeld and Brian Voelkel, the Catamounts took over the offensive glass and put the game away.
Senior forward Greer Wright added 14 points and six rebounds in 38 exhausting minutes and freshman guard Robert Mansell chipped in eight points and four rebounds.
“We fought valiantly today but couldn’t get over the hump,” head coach Mark Macon said. “Vermont is a very good team ... they are big and strong and are ‘hard hat’ guys. We just didn’t shoot the ball like we did against UMBC (in Binghamton’s 91-65 first-round victory). I applaud our guys, especially our seniors. They did an excellent job this season leading the team.”