VESTAL, N.Y. — D.J. Rivera scored 23 points as Binghamton University rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to beat the Maine men 83-77 in America East basketball action Saturday.
Malik Alvin added 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out seven assists for Binghamton (13-8, 6-3), which has won five straight against the Black Bears. Bradon Herbert scored 15 points and Reggie Fuller chipped in 10.
Junior guard Mark Socoby of Houlton led Maine, now 8-14 overall and 3-6 in conference play, with 17 points. Sophomore forward Troy Barnies of Auburn had 13 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
With Binghamton struggling on offense and trailing by 14 points with 17:09 left to play in the second half, Rivera led a 25-7 run that turned a 47-33 Maine lead into a 58-54 Binghamton lead in a little more than six minutes.
Maine kept within striking distance until the game’s final minute. Binghamton had a 71-70 lead when Alvin scored a 3-pointer with 2:38 left, giving Binghamton a two-possession cushion.
Rivera hit a layup in traffic with 47 seconds left and the Bearcats sank five of six free throws in the final 37 seconds to seal the win.
Sophomore forward Sean McNally of Gardiner finished the game with 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks for the Black Bears. Kaimondre Owes scored 12 points off the bench and Gerald McLemore added 10.
The Bears have now lost three straight.
Binghamton’s Bearcats outrebounded Maine 39-34 overall and outscored the Bears 16-11 in second-chance points. The teams were even in points in the paint with 30 apiece. Each team also scored 18 points off turnovers. Maine committed 13 turnovers to BU’s 19, but the Bearcats outshot the Bears 50.9 percent to 39.3 from the field for the game.
The game drew 4,923 fans, the largest regular season crowd in BU’s Events Center five-year history.