Second Half Surge Leads Brown Over Binghamton, 71-61
Dec. 10, 2005
Binghamton, New York - Senior Luke Ruscoe scored 16 points and pulled down a career high 13 rebounds to lead five Brown players in double and lift the Bears to a 71-61 non-league victory over Binghamton. The win gives the Bears a 2-5 season record, while Binghamton falls to 1-6 on the season.
With the score tied, 39-39, with 14:44 remaining, Brown took the lead for good by outscoring the Bearcats 8-0 to grab a 47-39 lead with 13:08 remaining on a three-point basket by sophomore Keenan Jeppesen.
Binghamton pulled to within three points of the Bears, 59-56, on a basket by Andre Heard with 3;34 remaining, but Ruscoe took over by scoring Brown's next seven points to put the game out of reach.
Brown got off to a strong start, opening a an 11 point lead over the Bearcats, 16-5, on a three point play by sophomore Keenan Jeppesen. Binghamton clawed back and evened the score at 22-22, on a jump shot by Troy Hailey.
The Bears came back to lead by six points, 30-24, on a three-point play by sophomore Mark MacDonald with 5:01 left in the half. But a 10-0 burst by Binghamton gave the Bearcats a 34-30 lead, and eventually a 36-32 lead at the half.
Brown used a 2-3 zone defense to force the Bearcats to shoot from the perimeter, holding Binghamton to just 24 percent shooting in the second half, and 36 percent (24-66) shooting for the game.
The Bears connected on 25 of 52 field goals (48 percent), including a season best 9 of 17 (53 percent) from behind the three point arc.
Ruscoe's 16 points came on 7 of 12 shooting from the field, while also handing out 7 assists. Bears' junior guard Marcus Becker scored a career high 15 points, all in the second half, and pulled down six rebounds. Sophomore Damon Huffman netted 10 of his 15 points in the second half, while Jeppesen scored 11 points and MacDonald added 10 points.
The Bearcats were led by Andre Heard, who tossed in 19 points. Sebastian Hermenier scored 12 points and added 12 rebounds for Binghamton.
The Bears will break for final exams for the next 10 days before returning to the hardwood at home against Maryland-Eastern Shore on December 20th at the Pizzitola Sports Center.