Coming off a win, BU prepares for fourth ranked Syracuse

By Travis Eldridge

December 6, 2013 Updated Dec 6, 2013 at 12:51 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Despite watching a 19-point second half advantage dwindle down at Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday, the BU men's basketball team finished off the Mountaineers for their second win of the season.

That was a much-needed confidence boost as the Bearcats head into possible their toughest game of the season.

BU now travels up to the Carrier Dome to face undefeated and fourth ranked Syracuse, which is certainly a tall taks for the 2-6 Bearcats.

Binghamton has a little confidence in the fact that Syracuse struggled with the same Cornell team BU beat this season. The team said on Thursday they're going up there with something to prove.

" We kind of under shadow them. We're kind of their little brother because they're the big school around here. I'll be walking on campus and see Syracuse hoodies, Iike you go to Syracuse, you don't see Binghamton hoodies," said sophomore Jordan Reed. "So just to go there and take one from them, that would be awesome."

" We take it as anytime can be beaten on any given night," said freshman Marlon Beck. "We feel as though we should have a better record. We could have beaten some teams, but we fell short so we're not really going into the game as another team was close, we want to come and play our game."

There are plenty connections in this one as several Bearcats played win or against some of the Syracuse players in high school or AAU.

One of them is Marlon Beck, who grew up down the street from Syracuse's Jerami Grant.

"I know his entire family, he knows my entire family, so it'll be good to see him out there," Beck said.

Grant, a sophomore, has been having a bit of a breakout season. He's averaging 13 points and six rebounds a game, which Beck certainly has taken note of.

"He's been in college longer than me, so just seeing what he's doing rubs off on me," Beck added.

Binghamton is traveling up to Syracuse on Friday to get a practice at the Carrier Dome before the team travels back to the Cuse for Saturday's game.

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