Bearcats Head to Tournament Without Mansell

By WBNG News

February 28, 2012 Updated Feb 28, 2012 at 6:29 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton University men's and women's basketball teams will leave Wednesday for Hartford and the start of what men's coach Mark Macon calls the 3rd season.

For the second year in a row, the men's team will start it's run in the conference tournament in the play in game on Thursday night against UMBC.

But it will be without it's leading scorer.

Coach Macon says sophomore guard Rob Mansell has a sprained knee and says he will not play in the tournament.

Players say that just means everyone will have to step up a little bit to fill that void.

"I just have to play my game. I have to be the leader and have to be efficient offensively and defensively. The rest of the guys are going to have to step up and produce and contribute to defense and offense," says junior Jimmy Gray.

"I'm not going to put a kid out there and risk him not being able to play well again so Rob, no he's not playing...he's not playing. I want Rob completely healthy," says coach Mark Macon.

The men lost both games to UMBC by a total of 20 points.

Players say they're familiar with that team, and know the key to winning will be on defense.

The game is Thursday night at 8:15 pm.

The winner will take on top seeded Stony Brook on Saturday at noon.

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