Binghamton University outscored the University of Maine 19-7 over the game’s final 6 minutes, 31 seconds on Saturday to post a 78-66 America East men’s basketball victory at Vestal, New York.
Caleb Stewart poured in 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, both game-highs, to pace the Bearcats (6-15, 2-4 AE), who rallied from a seven-point, second-half deficit. Sam Sessoms contributed 14 points and four assists and J.C. Show chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds.
Everson Davis had eight points and Chancellor Barnard (8 rebounds) and Timmy Rose had six points each.
Vilgot Larsson led the Black Bears (3-18, 1-5 AE) with 14 points and four rebounds. Andrew Fleming posted 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists before fouling out with 3:28 left. Isaiah White finished with 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Sergio El Darwich produced seven points, eight rebounds and six assists and Vincent Eze had six points and seven rebounds. Terion Moss had six points, three rebounds and two steals.
Show’s 3-pointer broke a 59-59 tie and gave Binghamton the lead for good with 6:31 remaining and Barnard drove the lane for a basket. Moss nailed a 3-pointer to make it 64-62 but the Bearcats scored eight unanswered points to sew up the win.
Sessoms had a basket and two free throws during the 8-0 run, Stewart scored from inside and Davis sank two free throws.
UMaine went 0-for-6 from the floor during the Binghamton flurry.
Binghamton led by as many as 12 points in the first half but UMaine rallied to pull within two at the half.
The Black Bears went on a 15-6 run in the second half, behind Fleming’s eight points, to build a seven-point lead.
But the Bearcats responded with a 12-5 run to tie it up.
UMaine head coach Richard Barron said his team lost is composure after picking up three fouls in a 20-second span in the second half.
“We have to a better job with our poise,” Barron told Learfield’s Jim Churchill after the game. “We felt the world was against us. The fouls were 23-11 so there is no question there was a disparity.
“But we played into that and made it worse, whining instead of being aggressive playmakers,” added Barron. “We’ve got to stay in the moment. We have to stay disciplined and execute.”
Binghamton went 16-for-25 from the foul line while UMaine went 5-for-9.
He also said when his team doesn’t defend properly and when it “struggles to score the ball, our energy completely drops off.”
Barron lauded the performance turned in by Binghamton’s Stewart.
“He had a monster game,” said Barron, whose Black Bears play at UMass Lowell on Wednesday night.