Men’s basketball team beats New Hampshire in OT
February 14, 2014Tweet
Sophomore guard Jordan Reed made a free throw with 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lift visiting Binghamton (6-19, 3-9 AE) to a 72-71 victory over New Hampshire (6-18, 4-7 AE) on Feb. 12 at Lundholm Gymnasium in Durham, N.H.
With the score knotted at 71-71, Reed drove to the basket but missed his initial layup attempt in heavy traffic. He grabbed the offensive rebound, however and was fouled going back up. After missing his first free throw attempt, Reed got the second one to drop for the winning margin.
Freshman guard Marlon Beck II forced overtime with three clutch free throws with 4.6 seconds left in regulation. Down 62-59 with 24 seconds left, Binghamton misfired on a three bid but got the rebound and Beck was fouled attempting a three from the top of the key. He swished the first attempt and then after a Wildcats’ timeout, sank two more. Beck was shooting 57 percent from the line entering the game.
In overtime, Beck continued his hot hand by drilling a three-pointer from the left corner with 56 seconds left – a shot that gave the Bearcats a 69-68 lead. On the previous possession, sophomore guard Karon Waller provided a huge defensive play when he rotated to the paint and stole the ball under the basket to regain possession with 1:04 left. Then senior center Roland Brown provided a second-straight crucial defensive play. He stuffed 6-foot-10 UNH center Chris Belcher on a drive to the basket and corralled the rebound. On the other end, Beck then made two more free throws with 31 seconds left to give the Bearcats a 71-68 lead. New Hampshire tied the game for the final time with a deep three with 18 seconds left, setting the stage for Reed’s game-winning free throw.
“That’s a happy locker room,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said afterwards. “It’s not about your percentages but when you make them,” he said in reference to Beck’s trio of clutch free throws. “Marlon has struggled from the line but to knock them down was gutsy and then to make the big three in overtime … he made some really big shots. Our freshmen are ‘big moment’ guys.”
Dempsey also talked about the strategy on the final possession.
“You get it to your guy and give him space to play,” he said. “It’s really hard to stop Jordan without fouling him. He did a nice job getting to the line and then making that shot. But our other guys stepped up too. People will talk about the free throws but a lot of little things add up to a one-point win. Roland played very well when he was in there. He had the big block at the end. Karon had a rotation in the zone and grabbed a critical steal. It was a team effort.”
Beck wound up with a team-high 17 points and Reed had 16 points, six rebounds, a career-high six steals and three assists. Brown and Waller had nine points apiece and senior center Alex Ogundadegbe chipped in eight rebounds in 17 minutes.