VESTAL (WBNG) -- Willie Rodriguez scored a game-high 20 points, the Bearcats went on a 14-0 second half run, and Binghamton men's basketball defeated rival Albany, 79-66, Monday night at Dr. Bai Lee Court at the Events Center.
"Just proud of my group more so than anything," said Binghamton head coach Tommy Dempsey. "Not only for the win, but just how they've handled the last week and a half. We got out to a slow start in the league. The tough loss to Maine. Getting blown out on the road to Hartford. And just proud of our togetherness, because without that, without our togetherness and our faith in our process, faith in each other, I don't think we would've got that done tonight."
Rodriguez shot 75 percent from the field (6-for-8) to help the Bearcats (10-9, 1-3 AE) beat the Great Danes (14-6, 2-3 AE) for the first time since 2010.
The victory also gives Binghamton its first conference victory of the season, snapping a 14-game losing streak against Albany, and ending a three-game losing skid.
"We were just going out there playing, having fun," said Binghamton senior forward Willie Rodriguez. "We want to have fun out there. And you're obviously not having fun when you're losing. So when you have a lead, sometimes you just have to just let it fly."
Timmy Rose added 13 points for the Bearcats, while J.C. Show netted 11 and Fard Muhammad scored ten in the win.
BU last defeated Albany back on February 3, 2010 with a 78-73 victory over the Great Danes.
Next up, Binghamton heads to Stony Brook Thursday night to take on the Seawolves at 7 p.m.