Trifunic’s 23 points lead Binghamton 71-59 over G. Washington
VESTAL, N.Y. (AP)—Lazar Trifunovic scored 23 points as Binghamton snapped a six-game losing streak and beat George Washington 71-59 Thursday night.
“This has to be one of the biggest wins in Binghamton’s Division I history,” said Binghamton coach Kevin Broadus, who served as an assistant to George Washington coach Karl Hobbs from 2001-04. “They are a three-time NCAA tournament team. It’s hard to coach in a game like this because it’s not just against another team but against my close friend.”
The Bearcats (2-7) led from start to finish, jumping out to a 25-9 lead after hitting 8-of-13 shots to begin the game and ending the first half ahead 43-30.
A 16-7 Colonials run in the second half trimmed Binghamton’s lead to five, 55-50, with 5:14 to play. Up 58-51 with 2:49 remaining, Trifunovic converted a fast-break layup off a feed from Richard Forbes to push the lead to nine, 60-51. The Bearcats then converted 11-of-12 free throws in the final 2:13 to seal the win.
Forbes had 13 points, Mike Gordon had 11, and Dwayne Jackson had 10 for Binghamton.
Rob Diggs led the Colonials (3-5) with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Wynton Witherspoon chipped in 18 points and Noel Wilmore scored 10.