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Camara’s career night helps Bearcats beat Stony Brook
January 11, 2011Tweet
Senior forward Moussa Camara scored a career-high 28 points to carry Binghamton men’s basketball team past Stony Brook, 57-50, on Jan. 10 from the Events Center. Camara netted nearly half of his team’s points as Binghamton built a double-digit lead and held on in the closing minutes in a game broadcast on MSG-Plus.
Playing without leading scorer and first-team all-conference forward Greer Wright (ankle injury), the Bearcats needed a lift and got it from Camara, who hit 7-of-12 off the bench, including 5-of-9 three-pointers, and added 9-of-10 from the foul line. He tied his career-high with the five three-pointers - several of which were from 23 feet and beyond.
“I just got into the rhythm and they kept falling,” Camara said of his hot streak, which included a four-point play midway through the second half. “I had no idea where I was when I was shooting ... I just took open shots. We were ready to play without Greer tonight.”
With Camara’s 13 points leading the way, Binghamton (5-10, 2-0 AE) forged a 25-20 halftime lead. But the Seawolves (6-9, 1-2 AE) carried momentum into the locker room after the Bearcats committed three turnovers in the final 1:35 and Stony Brook shaved an 11-point deficit to five with a 6-0 run to end the half. The final two minutes helped mask a poor shooting performance by the Seawolves in the opening stanza (8-for-33, 24 percent).
Senior forward Mahamoud Jabbi and Camara opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers to push Binghamton’s lead back into double figures (31-20) and the Bearcats pushed its lead to 13, 47-34, with 10:16 remaining.
After the Seawolves trimmed the score to 51-44 with 6:46 left, the game was delayed more than eight minutes as the wiring on the hoop at Binghamton’s end needed to be replaced. The delay seemed to send the Bearcats into a funk and after three turnovers, a missed dunk and four more missed shots on offense, Binghamton’s lead was just three, 51-48, with 4:03 left. The Seawolves missed their final six shots, however, and the Bearcats hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final 16 seconds to seal the victory.
Freshman guard Robert Mansell provided a big bucket down the stretch, attacking the glass to turn a missed dunk into a layup with 0:34 left that pushed Binghamton’s lead to 54-48. Mansell’s alert play helped overcome some backcourt woes for the Bearcats, whose starting guards went 2-for-15 with nine turnovers.
Junior center Kyrie Sutton produced six points, eight rebounds and five blocks in 25 minutes - tying his career-best with the rejections. Sophomore forward Taylor Johnston added six points and seven boards in 23 minutes.
“We beat a good team tonight,” head coach Mark Macon said. “Moussa kept us involved in the game and I thought we played a great game defensively. It was an awesome effort by our guys.”