Binghamton Men's Basketball team gets second win with 65-46 vict - FRANKLYWNOW

Binghamton Men's Basketball team gets second win with 65-46 victory over Maine

VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton men's basketball used a stifling defense to pull away from visiting Maine 65-46 Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The Bearcats (2-16, 1-2 America East) limited the Black Bears (1-14, 0-3 AE) to 16 second-half points and earned the team's first conference win going away.

Down 30-29 at intermission, BU forced nine second-half turnovers and held Maine to just six field goals in the final period. Counting the tail end of the first half, BU held the Black Bears to 20 points over the game's final 26:32.

"I'm proud of these guys," head coach Tommy Dempsey said. "They've continued to fight and our last few performances have been pretty good. We were better today running our stuff. Our defense was really good and that created a lot of offense today. I'm happy for our fans ... it means a lot that they got to sit here and watch a good performance today and come away with a win. I appreciate how they've hung in there with us."

Freshman forward Willie Rodriguez scored a game-high 19 points with six rebounds and four steals. Classmates Romello Walker (18 pts., 8 rebs.) and Justin McFadden (16 pts., 5 assists) combined for 34 points and freshman forward Bobby Ahearn added a season-high 12 rebounds.

The Bearcats led 42-39 with 14:33 to play before embarking on a 14-1 run that featured seven points from Rodriguez and six BU steals on the defensive end. At the end of the run, Binghamton's lead had swelled to 56-40 and Maine got no closer than 12 the rest of the way.

McFadden scored 10 of his points in the first half, when BU shook off a slow start (down 17-8) and finished the half on a 16-4 run.

Walker, who scored 17 against Hartford on Wednesday, netted 12 of his 18 in the second half, including an emphatic mid-court steal and dunk in the midst of the key run.

Ahearn was rugged in the post, offering 12 boards, including six offensive, and forcing three steals on the block to highlight his season-high 32 minutes.

Up next, BU plays its third road game in four to start league play when the Bearcats travel across I-88 to face longtime SUNY rival Albany on Wednesday. The game will be shown on ESPN3 - the fifth time this season BU will appear on the ESPN platform.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Athletics)
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