George Tinsley and the Binghamton Bearcats rallied from a rough start Wednesday night in a 77-75 victory over host New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Sam Sessoms scored 33 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and scored the winning basket on a drive with 2.2 seconds left.
Tinsley, a JB Hoops alum, contributed eight points, nine rebounds and two assists to the second straight Binghamton win after an 0-3 start.
NJIT ran out to a 14-2 lead and led by as much as 64-48 with 12:28 left.
Tinsley’s 3-pointer 14 seconds later started the comeback from the largest deficit. His drive with 2:01 left gave Binghamton its first lead, 74-73.
The 6-foot-6 freshman forward from Abington Heights, who was named Monday as the America East Rookie of the Week, had not scored his first points until 2:53 remained in the half.
While Sessoms, last season’s America East Rookie of the Year, carried the offense, Tinsley went 2-for-6 from the floor, 2-for-5 on 3-pointers and 2-for-4 from the line.
“(Pierre Sarr) and George got off to a slow start, but hung in there,” Binghamton coach Tommy Dempsey said in his postgame radio interview.
Tinsley again showed his durability, going all 40 minutes for the second time in three games. He has played all but two minutes during those last three games and his 38.2 minutes per game ranks him ninth nationally among National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I players.
Sessoms and Tinsley also rank among the top 50 nationally in double-doubles. There are 24 players with three or more double-doubles. The two Binghamton players are among 26 players who have posted a pair of double-doubles through five games played.