WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (WBNG BINGHAMTON) - Monmouth (5-6) opened the second half with a 20-5 run and quickly pulled away from visiting Binghamton (2-8) 74-46 Saturday night from the MAC. The Hawks outscored BU 41-12 over a nine-minute stretch that spanned both halves.
Down eight to start the second half, the Bearcats misfired on nine of their first 10 shots and Monmouth capitalized, using the big run to create the lopsided margin. The Hawks outscored BU 39-19 in the second half.
Binghamton shot just 15 percent in the final period (3-for-20) and 26 percent for the game, scoring 20 points under the team’s season average. The 46 points were BU’s lowest point output of the season.
“It was a tough night, especially the second half,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “We got into a bad place offensively. We didn’t get good shots, dribbled too much and got bogged down. There was too much 1-on-1 play ... it was a poor offensive performance all around. We didn’t make their defense work. When you can’t score it puts a ton of pressure on your defense. We had a nice balance of man and zone in the first half and in the second half we just got too far down and we couldn’t score. We’re not a great man defensive team right now and we got exposed.”
Sophomore guard Jordan Reed led the Bearcats with 13 points and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Yosef Yacob and Marlon Beck II added eight and seven points, respectively.
In the first half, four different BU players scored during an 11-3 run midway through the period and that run staked the Bearcats to a 20-16 lead with 5:45 left. But the host Hawks finished the half with a 21-7 run, including a 14-2 stretch over the final 3:33 that gave Monmouth a 35-27 cushion at the break. After shooting just 28 percent over the first 12 minutes, Monmouth heated up and hit 8-of-14 the rest of the way. The Hawks drilled four three-pointers in the final 4:46 and hit 7-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first half.
Despite eight points from Reed, BU struggled on the offensive end, shooting just 35 percent and hitting just 2-of-12 from long range. Freshman forward Nick Madray picked up five points and four rebounds but only played eight minutes after getting whistled for two fouls in a four-second span early in the period. The Bearcats committed five fouls in the game’s first five minutes.
The Bearcats are now idle for nine days during final exams week before playing at Buffalo on December 23.