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Navy 70, Binghamton 68

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Senior guard Brandon Venturini scored a season-high 26 points to lead Navy to its first victory of the young season, 70-68 over Binghamton on Sunday evening in the consolation game of the Springfield Bracket of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament in Uncasville, Conn.

Navy (1-4) trailed 53-42 with just over 13 minutes left in the second half after leading 32-31 at halftime. However, the Midshipmen rallied a deficit and caught the Bearcats at 62-62 on guard Zach Fong’s 3-pointer with 5:10 left. The teams went scoreless for nearly the next two minutes before Venturini broke the tie with a 3-pointer.

Venturini, whose career high is 28 points, hit two free throw to make it a five-point game with just over two minutes left. He hit two more foul shots with 34 seconds remaining to put his team up 69-65.

After Binghamton guard Romello Walker canned a 3-pointer from the wing to make it 69-68, Navy guard Tilman Dunbar (11 points) hit one of two free throws with 19 seconds left for the final margin.

Binghamton (1-4) had two chances to tie but guard Yosef Yacob missed from underneath and forward Willie Rodriguez’s banked 3-pointer rimmed out at the buzzer.

Rodriguez led Binghamton with 15 points. Yacob and forward Dusan Perovic, who finished 3-for-3 on 3-point attempts, had 12 each for the Bearcats, and forward Nick Madray added 10.

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