WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Freshman forward Ben Dickinson scored 20 points and added nine rebounds to lead ninth-seeded Binghamton University to a 73-67 overtime win over eighth-seeded UMBC in the first round of the 2012 America East Men's Basketball Championship presented by Newman's Own Thursday at University of Hartford's Chase Family Arena.
The win, the Bearcats' second in its last four games after it got off to an 0-27 start, gives them a date with top-seeded Stony Brook in the tournament's quarterfinal round on Saturday. The Seawolves swept Binghamton this year, but the Bearcats have won seven of the last 10 meetings in the series.
UMBC (4-26), which ended its season on a four-game losing skid, jumped out to an early 19-13 lead as junior Ryan Cook and sophomore Chase Plummer combined for 14 points in that span. The Bearcats countered by outscoring the Retrievers 13-4 over the next five minutes to take a 26-23 led with just under 4:53 left in the half. Dickinson led the charge, scoring five points and dishing out a pair of assists in the span.
Binghamton (2-27), which also beat UMBC is last year's first-round game and has won five of its last six tournament games, took a 31-30 lead into the locker room and grew that advantage to 41-34 less than five minutes into the period after going on a 7-0 run. That advantage grew to 11 when Jabrille Williams hit a layup to give his team a 55-44 cushion with 7:56 left.
But, the Retrievers fought back by going on a 12-4 run and drew within two after Ryan Cook's coast-to-coast layup made it 58-56 with 3:14 left to play. Chase Plummer, who scored 17 points for UMBC, tied the game a free throw with 57 seconds left. Both teams had chances to win it in regulation but could not convert, which sent the game to overtime.
Binghamton took over in the extra session, scoring seven straight points, including a pair of layups by Dickinson. Junior Jimmy Gray converted 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch for the Bearcats, who improved to 3-0 all-time against UMBC in the tournament.
"We really followed through on our game plan tonight and my guys stuck with me and with each other," said Binghamton head coach Mark Macon. "I think we gained a lot of experience from this game."
Dickinson led four Bearcats in twin figures. He was joined by Gray, who had eight of his 14 in overtime, and Jabrille Williams and Chris Longoria, who each had 11.
Brian Neller led UMBC with 18 points, joining Plummer and junior Ryan Cook (15 points, 10 rebounds) as Retrievers in double digits.