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Binghamton basketball season comes to close

The Events Center was abuzz with excitement even as the Binghamton University basketball season came to a close. The campus played host to the America East women’s basketball tournament for the first time, with games running from March 8-11.

The fourth-seeded Bearcats made a thrilling comeback March 9 to defeat Boston University, 63-58. Junior guard Laura Sario posted a career-high 26 points in the game.

Binghamton lost March 10 to top-seeded Hartford 56-46 in the semifinals. The Bearcats finished the season with a 12-19 record.

No. 7 University of Maryland Baltimore County defeated Hartford in the finals and will advance to

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the NCAA Tournament.

The next big news for the University’s basketball program will be the appointment of a new head coach for the men’s team. Director of Athletics Joel Thirer hopes to make that announcement within the next month.

Thirer and coach Al Walker announced March 5 that Walker will be reassigned within the Athletics Department for the remainder of his contract, which runs through August 2008.

“Al and his staff brought in good-caliber young men to represent the University and he devoted time and energy to help our players achieve both on the basketball floor and academically,” Thirer said. &ldquo

Erin Thalacker, 7, of Apalachin cheers for the Bearcats during the women's semifinals.
;His efforts enabled us to get off to a good start as we transitioned from Division II to I.”

Walker coached the Bearcats for seven seasons, including their first six at the Division I level. His teams compiled a win-loss record of 92-108. The Bearcats finished 13-16 this season and lost to Boston University 62-58 in the America East quarterfinals.

“I am very proud of the basketball program we have built at Binghamton,” said Walker, adding he believes a fresh voice and the excitement surrounding a new coach will be good for the program. “This is a great opportunity for me and my family to begin another career.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08