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BU hosts Late Nite Madness
October 12, 2012
VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton University held its annual Late Nite Madness event on Friday, Oct. 12 starting at 9 p.m. at the Events Center. The 90-minute event ushered in the start of the 2012-13 basketball season.
Since 1999, Binghamton has joined hundreds of schools across the nation in hosting the annual event as a way of opening up the basketball season. Held in the West Gym the first five years (when it was referred to as Midnight Madness) and at the Events Center since 2005, Late Nite Madness has attracted as many as 2,000 Bearcat fans.
“It’s a very energetic moment not only for my team but also for the fans in the community,” men’s senior guard Jimmy Gray said. “I’m looking forward to it and I hope the rest of my team is too.”
“Late Nite Madness means a lot to us,” women’s senior forward Kara Elofson said. “It’s an opportunity for our fans to see us before the season. It give people to see a little bit more of our personal side and we are excited about that.
Following several contests as well as performances by the BU Pep Band and Spirit Squads, the Binghamton men’s and women’s basketball teams were introduced to the crowd. Fifth-year head coach Nicole Scholl and first-year head coach Tommy Dempsey spoke to the crowd after each of their respective teams were introduced.
The women’s team then took part in a shooting contest while three of the men’s players competed in a dunk contest.