VESTAL (WBNG) -- Binghamton junior center Thomas Bruce scored a game-high 23 points, setting a program record by going 10-for-10 from the field, en route to 97-65 victory over Hartwick on Sunday at Dr. Bai Lee Court at the Events Center.
"It's a big confidence boost," said Bruce on his record-setting performance. "To go 10-for-10, it's kind of hard to go perfect from the field, so seeing that and being able to do that is definitely a great confidence booster for me."
"In the second half, you know a lot of the assists, we were just able to throw the ball to the rim to Thomas [Bruce]," said Binghamton head coach Tommy Dempsey. "That makes your life easy as a guard when you can just throw it up, and [Bruce] can kind of pretty much go get it wherever you throw it. That gave us an advantage on the inside."
The Bearcats (3-4) tallied 52 second half points behind 17 from junior guard Everson Davis and 15 via junior guard J.C. Show.
Meanwhile, a trio of student-athletes on the Hawks (1-3) returned to their hometown.
Freshmen Patrick Garey (Johnson City) and Austin Haskell (Susquehanna Valley), as well as Jake Sinicki (Maine-Endwell) all grew up playing basketball in the Southern Tier and were excited to be back home.
A trio of local athletes on the @HartwickBball team visiting @BinghamtonMBB today. Patrick Garey (@JCAthletics), Jake Sinicki (@MECSDSpartans) and Austin Haskell (@SVAthletics1). pic.twitter.com/J3E5NdF928— Tyler Feldman (@TylerFeldman12) November 26, 2017
"It meant the world to me," said Garey who scored four points. "Being able to come back home, have everybody see me at the college level play against a good school like [BU], it was a really fun experience."
"It's always good to play in front of a home crowd," added Haskell who did not play due to a high-ankle sprain. "Everyone gets to come and see you. I even know some kids on the BU basketball team, so it was good to watch against them."
"It's cool," said Sinicki, now a senior at Hartwick. "It kind of gives a little hometown vibe obviously, being from Maine-Endwell and those guys from Johnson City and Susquehanna. It was fun to play in front of friends and family."