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Rodriguez scores 21, Beck 20 in Binghamton's 76-69 victory over UMBC


BINGHAMTON, New York — Willie Rodriguez scored 21 points and Marlon Beck II 20 to lead Binghamton to a 76-69 victory over Maryland-Baltimore County in a regular-season finale on Saturday.

The Bearcats (6-25, 5-11), who notched their highest conference win total since the 2009-10 season, will be the No. 6 seed in the America East Conference tournament and will play at No. 3 Stony Brook on Wednesday. With Maine's loss to New Hampshire earlier Saturday, UMBC (4-25, 2-14) ended up with the No. 7 seed and will play at No. 2 Vermont on Wednesday.

Jourdan Grant scored 19 points, Cody Joyce 18 and Ben Grace 17 for the Retrievers.

Grace hit one of his five 3-pointers to get UMBC within four, 69-65, with 2:09 left but Beck responded with a 3-pointer and the Bearcats added four free throws in the final minute.

Binghamton took 31-24 lead at halftime behind 11 points from Beck.

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