BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Black Bears received inspired efforts from Till Gloger and Troy Reid-Knight as the pair set new career-highs in points but the Black Bears fell to Binghamton, 73-58 at the Binghamton Events Center on Saturday afternoon. The Black Bears now drops to 5-18 and 3-8 in America East play while Binghamton improves to 5-19 and 2-9 in the conference.
Both Gloger and Reid-Knight paced the Black Bear offense with 15 points apiece as Maine shot its lowest field goal percentage since its loss to Vermont on Jan. 16, hitting on just 35 percent from the field.
Jordan Reed who scored 20 points against the Black Bears, sparked Binghamton's offense. It's the second time this season that Reed has scored 20 against the squad from Orono, Maine. Binghamton shot 43 percent as a team and had two other players' record double-figure points, as Roland Brown and Yosef Yacob had 17 and 15, respectively.
The Bearcats won the rebounding margin, something they didn't do in the first meeting between these two squads, taking down 48 boards to Maine's 33.
Xavier Pollard got the Black Bears on the board in the first minute of the game taking a pass of Shaun Lawton and putting back a layup. Brown for Binghamton responded several possessions later lofting in a jump shot in the paint to knot it at 2-2 at the 18:15 mark of the first half.
With the game tied at 4-4, Mackey danced into the paint and laid in a reverse one-handed bucket to help Maine go into the under 16:00 media timeout, up 6-4.
Following a Till Gloger miss, Binghamton raced up court and found a wide open Karon Waller who drained a three to give the Bearcats their first lead of the contest, 7-6 at the 15:10 mark. Waller struck again on their next possession getting a handle on a offensive rebound and draining his second-consecutive three as Binghamton jumped out to a 10-6 lead.
Binghamton continued its offensive attack continuing on a 15-2 run to take a 19-8 lead into the under 12:00 media timeout. Waller led that charge with his eight points on the run.
Out of the media timeout Pollard and Reid-Knight connected on long-range buckets to cut the deficit to five, 19-14 with 11:10 left in the half.
Binghamton responded with an alley-oop by Reed and trey by Yacob as the Bearcats extended their lead to 24-16 with under 10:00 remaining in the half.
Maine headed into the under 8:00 media timeout down by four as Reid-Knight dashed into the paint and laid in his second bucket of the game to make it 24-18.
Zarko Valjarevic, who had been quiet so far in the contest, hit his first trey of the game at the 6:05 mark as Maine cut the Binghamton lead to just one, 26-25.
With the game 29-28, Gloger got free in the paint and the sophomore from Bochum, Germany hit his second basket of the day and Maine retook the lead in the ballgame as the squad headed to the final media timeout of the first half up, 30-29.
Binghamton edged the Black Bears in the final two minutes as it hit two buckets to the Black Bears' one and went to halftime up 33-32.
Reid-Knight led the Black Bear offense after one frame with 10 points as he paced an offense that shot 40 percent in the first frame.
Binghamton was led by Waller who scored eight points as the Bearcats shot 39 percent percent from the field in the opening half.
The Black Bears year-long rebounding issue popped up again in the first half as the team was out rebounded 27-15 while Maine limited their turnovers to just three while they forced 11 against the Bearcats.
Reed added to his first half point total to open the second half as he drained two free throw chances to make it 35-32 in the first minute of the second frame. Roland Brown extended that lead several minutes later as he cashed in on a layup to make it 37-32 with 17:12 left in the contest.
Gloger broke an 8-0 Binghamton run in the second half as he got free in the paint and put in his third bucket of the night to make it 42-34.
That score didn't stop the Binghamton offense as they rode a 13-4 run into the under 16:00 media timeout with 13:13 left in the game as the squad trailed 46-36.
Pollard hit a trey coming out of break as the Black Bears trailed by just seven, 46-39 with 12:02 left in the contest.
Maine, thanks to Gloger and Christian Ejiga got it to a three point deficit as the Bearcats led 46-43 but a pair of free throw makes by Reed put Binghamton up by five, 48-43, with 10:01 left in the game.
Bearcats got back into an offensive groove following those free throw makes as they went on a 6-0 run forcing a Maine timeout as the Black Bears trailed 54-43 with 9:01 left to play.
With the Maine down by 12, Pollard found Gloger who made some room in the paint, laid in his fifth bucket of the game and completed the three-point play to make it 56-47 with 6:57 left to go.
Gloger gave the Black Bear some life cutting the deficit below 10 and reaching his career-high of 13 points at the 4:57 mark but the Bearcats responded as Marlon Beck and Reed combined for five-straight points as Binghamton took a 65-51 lead into the final media timeout.
Gloger resurfaced again moments later as he threw up a layup and a block attempt was called for goaltending and the sophomore forward set a new career-high in points with 15 as he cut the Bearcat lead to 67-55 with 2:43 left.
Reid-Knight hit a late trey with 1:20 left but the Bearcats lead was too much as the outscored Maine 4-3 in the final three minutes to take the 73-58 victory.
The Black Bears head back home on Wednesday to take on Hartford in the second game of the series. Maine attempt to get revenge after falling to the Hawks, 80-65 on Jan. 9. The game is schedule for 7 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center.