Following a 1-28 regular season, the Binghamton University men’s basketball team defeated University of Maryland, Baltimore County 73-67 in overtime at Thursday’s America East tournament’s play-in game. The Bearcats are now set to face No. 1 seed Stony Brook University on Saturday.
Binghamton led by just one point at halftime, despite missing leading scorer Rob Mansell, who was out with a torn MCL.
Down the stretch, BU led by as many as 11 points with 7:56 to go but UMBC battled back and tied the game with 57 seconds remaining in regulation. Neither team would manage to pull ahead despite a frantic final minute as the game headed to overtime.
Junior guard Jimmy Gray scored eight points in the extra period and Binghamton escaped with the 73-67 final.
“Today was a day where these guys did the job, they played a good team, a formidable team, and hung in there when they could have put their heads down,” head coach Mark Macon said. “You want to get a win like this in a game like that.”
The Bearcats are set to face Stony Brook at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, March 3.