Binghamton halts streaking UMBC in wild final seconds 76-74

BALTIMORE (AP) — Sam Sessoms scored 24 points with five 3-pointers, Richard Caldwell Jr. sank a pair of clutch free throws and Binghamton survived a frantic final few seconds to upset UMBC 76-74 Wednesday night.

In the final four seconds, George Tinsley blocked UMBC’s K.J. Jackson, Caldwell made two free throws for a 76-73 lead. The Retrievers’ R.J. Eytle-Rock made one free throw and missed the second with two ticks on the clock, but his putback attempt from underneath kissed off the glass and rolled slowly around the rim before falling through just after the neon lit up on the backboard signifying the end of the game.

Caldwell finished with 16 points, as did Tinsley, and Pierre Sarr added 11. Sarr led Binghamton (10-18, 4-11 America East Conference) with nine rebounds and Sessoms with six assists.

Brandon Horvath scored a career-high 23 points and had 19 rebounds for the Retrievers (14-15, 7-7), whose five-game winning streak was broken. Jackson added 20 points and Dimitrije Spasojevic 12.

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The win edged Binghamton ahead of Maine for the final spot into the upcoming conference tournament. UMBC’s loss, coupled with Albany’s loss and a New Hampshire win has the three teams knotted for fourth place in the AEC.

The Bearcats doubled UMBC from behind the arc, making 14 3-pointers.

Binghamton finishes out the regular season against New Hampshire on the road on Saturday. Maryland-Baltimore County faces Maine on the road on Saturday.

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