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Stewart emerging as x-factor for Binghamton men's basketball

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VESTAL (WBNG) -- After three straight games on the road, Binghamton men's basketball returns home Friday night against LIU Brooklyn. The Bearcats are a perfect 4-0 at the Events Center this year.

BU can tie a program record for non-conference wins, set just last year, with nine. That raises the question, is there any one player key to the Bearcats early season success?

How about redshirt freshman Tyler Stewart?

Before Wednesday night's loss at Penn State, the Bearcats were riding a seven-game winning streak. Now sitting at 8-5, the emergence of Stewart is certainly giving the Bearcats an edge, as of late.

Stewart is coming off a season-high 12 points and says he's mentally more confident and aggressive offensively, adding that upperclassmen J.C. Show, Yosef Yacub and Willie Rodriguez have helped him get acclimated to the speed of the college game.

"[The game has] slowed down a lot," said Stewart after practice Thursday. "When I first got out there, everything was just moving so fast. It was pretty hectic. Now, I just have to calm down and settle in, and it's starting to happen for me. I've just been trusting the work I put in, and when I get out on the floor I know that the only person that can stop me is me."

"He's just getting better and better as he gets more experience," added Binghamton head coach Tommy Dempsey. "People have to be patient with our young guys. They're going to be nervous. They're going to make mistakes. You just have to keep throwing them out there and trust their talent, and they'll get better with time."

Tip-off between the Blackbirds and Bearcats is set for 7 p.m. at the Events Center.

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