New Hampshire edges Binghamton 56-51 in America East tourney

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) Daniel Dion matched his career-high with 23 points to lead fourth-seeded New Hampshire to a 56-51 win over No. 5 seed Binghamton Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the America East tournament.

Dion was 6 of 14 from the field, including four from distance, and made all seven of his free throws for the Wildcats (19-11), who advanced to play at No. 3 seed Vermont (20-12) on Monday. Tanner Leissner added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Jaleen Smith chipped in eight points.

Dion sank a 3-pointer to make it 34-33 with 16:12 to play and Smith hit a jumper to put New Hampshire on top for good, 40-39, with 11:39 remaining.

Willie Rodriguez made a layup with 12 seconds left to pull Binghamton to 54-51 with 12 seconds left but Smith answered with two free throws for a two-possession lead.

Rodriguez scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Bearcats (8-22).

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