December 3, 2004

Becker's Tip-In At The Buzzer Lifts Bears to 79-77 Win Over Binghamton

Dec. 3, 2004

Box Score

Providence, R.I. - Sophomore Marcus Becker's tip-in of a missed three-point shot at the buzzer broke a 77-77 tie and lifted Brown to a 79-77 non-league victory over Binghamton. Senior Jason Forte led Brown with 22 points, all scored in the second half, while junior Luke Ruscoe added 21 points for the Bears.

The win lifts Brown to a 2-4 mark overall, while Binghamton drops to 2-4.

Brown's defense caused a shot clock violation, giving the Bears the ball with 28.7 seconds remaining and the score tied, 77-77. With the game clock running down, senior Jason Forte penetrated the lane and kicked-the ball out to freshman Mark McAndrew, who hoisted up a three-point attempt with 1.5 seconds remaining. As the shot came off the rim to the left, Becker touched the ball as it came off the hoop, tipping it in just before the buzzer sounded, giving Brown the victory.

The lead changed 14 times in a wild second half. Both teams led by as many as five points, with Binghamton holding a 60-55 lead with 7:57 remaining, and the Bears rallying to grab a 73-68 advantage with 4:07 left on a three-point basket by freshman Mark MacDonald.

Binghampton went on a 7-2 run to take a 77-75 advantage with 1:31 remaining on a jump shot by sophomore Troy Hailey. Brown tied the game with 1:07 to play when Forte drove the lane for a layup.

Forte scored his 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field, including 4 of 7 from three-point range. He also added a team high five assists. Ruscoe netted 14 of his 21 points in the first half. Becker finished with eight points, equaling his career high.

Binghamton shot a torrid 62 percent from the field, connecting on 32 of 52 field goals. Junior Andre Heard led the Bearcats with 17 points, while Hailey kicked in 16 points.