Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Freshman forward Nick Madray scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting and Binghamton (4-11, 1-1 America East) cruised past visiting New Hampshire (2-13, 0-2 AE) 67-38 Thursday night from the Events Center. The win was BU’s second straight at home and already gives them more victories than all of last season.
The Bearcats opened the game with a 16-2 run and extended their lead to 31-9 before taking a 20-point cushion into intermission. New Hampshire misfired on 17 of its first 20 shots and BU capitalized, thanks primarily to Madray, who nearly outscored the Wildcats by himself with 12 first-half points.
Binghamton shot above 50 percent for most of the first half and carried a 33-13 into the break. Then the Bearcats used a 15-0 run spanning 2:05 early in the second half to put the game away. Madray scored five straight to begin the run and the freshmen backcourt tandem of Yosef Yacob (4 pts. in the run) and Marlon Beck II (3 pts.) finished it off. Binghamton shot 67 percent in the second half (12-of-18).
“This was an important win,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “We feel that we are getting better but you still have to prove it. We had the court spread really well tonight and we were getting in the lane and finding our shooters. Obviously New Hampshire is a better team than what they showed tonight but I thought we played good half-court offense and also stayed focused and worked hard on defense. We showed a good active zone and kept them off balance. It was good execution by our players.”
Madray’s only misfire was on a first-half drive to the hoop and he added six rebounds and two steals. Yacob handed out a season-high 12 assists to go with eight points and two steals. Beck added 11 points - eight coming in the decisive first half.
With two games in a three-day span, Dempsey was able to spread the minutes across his lineup, resulting in a relatively quiet night from the America East’s leading scorer and No. 2 rebounder, sophomore guard Jordan Reed, who pieced together 10 points in 21 minutes.
New Hampshire shot just 24 percent for the game (11-for-45).
Binghamton hosts conference newcomer UMass Lowell at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The BU women open the doubleheader by hosting Maine at 2 p.m.
(Courtesy: Binghamton University Athletics)