Young Bearcats ready for America East play

By wbng sports

January 3, 2014 Updated Jan 3, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) There were good, bad and ugly parts of the 3-10 non-conference season for the baby Bearcats. That can be expected with four true freshman having started at least eight games for BU.

Now, they're hoping the lessons of the non-conference season turn into wins in America East play.

While B-U lost by 27 at St. Joe's earlier this week, the Bearcats felt very good about their home win over Bryant last weekend. That's part of the reason the team feels confident heading into their conference opener at Maine on Sunday.

"I think we're becoming a more cohesive group, I think that's the thing I feel best about," said coach Tommy Dempsey. "Even in our struggles in St. Joe's, I thought we were very together, I thought our energy was very good, I thought our attitude was very positive. I think there's a belief forming in the group."

"We think we really came together, for example, the game against Bryant," said freshman Marlon Beck. "We think that was a strong game, and we saw glimpses of what we can be and what we are going to be. So going into conference play we feel pretty strong about that."

BU and Maine square off at 4:30 up in Bangor, ME. Binghamton will get back a couple of players from injury as Yosef Yacob and Alex Ogundadegbe are expected to play on Sunday.

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