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Men’s basketball continues rise in ranks

Bearcats loaded with young talent, show future promise during 2013-14 season

March 24, 2014


Men’s basketball continues rise in ranks

Sophomore guard Jordan Reed

Cornell game highlights

New Hampshire game highlights

Bryant game highlights

Mt. St. Mary's game highlights

Syracuse game highlights

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y. - The 2013-14 Binghamton men’s basketball took another step forward in the program’s rise under head coach Tommy Dempsey. The Bearcats increased their win total by four from the previous season but the optimism was less about a seven-win campaign and more about the key ingredients for future growth.

With talented guard Jordan Reed already established as one of the most dynamic players in the America East, Dempsey laid the groundwork for a sharp rise in the team’s fortunes by adding an elite and unparalleled freshman class. First-year players Yosef Yacob, Marlon Beck II and Nick Madray contributed big minutes and notable results and hardworking rookie Magnus Richards gave Dempsey a freshman quartet whose into-the-fire experience will serve each and the Bearcats well in the seasons to come.

Seniors Roland Brown, Alex Ogundadegbe and Rayner Moquete also finished out their careers with solid seasons in leadership roles.

Below is a capsuled look at the highlights:

TEAM
- Improved win total by four from previous season
- Won three more conference games
- Earned No. 6 seed for America East Championship - highest seed since 2009
- Defeated NCAA tournament team Mt. St. Mary’s on road
- Rallied from 19 points down in second half to defeat Cornell on road (ranks 8th in second-half road comebacks in NCAA history)
- Defeated Bryant team that won 18 games
- Put 65 points on the board at then-No. 4 Syracuse
- Finished strong with three wins in last seven games; two of four losses coming in OT
- Claimed 11 weekly America East player and rookie honors (7 rookie, 4 player)
- Had four different freshmen named Rookie of Week (Beck 3x, Yacob twice, Madray, Richards) - first time in 35-year conference history
- Had two players honored by America East (second team all-conference and all-rookie)

JORDAN REED
- Led America East in rebounding (8.9) for second straight year - only guard to ever win back-to-back rebound titles in league history
- Ranked third in scoring (15.4) and one of only eight players across the country to finish in his conference top-3 in both scoring and rebounding
- Voted to America East all-conference second team by league coaches
- Only player in America East to rank in top-10 in three key defensive categories: rebounds (1st), steals (T-4th) and blocks (T-7th)
- First America East player in eight years to post back-to-back 30-point performances (33 vs. Hartford, 30 vs. Vermont)
- First player in Binghamton’s Division I history to score 30+ in back-to-back games
- Four-time America East Player of the Week – the most honors of any AE player
- Broke school records for points in a game (33) and made free throws in a season (162) and tied record for made free throws in a game (17)
- Nationally-ranked in nine categories, including rebounds (37th) and double-doubles (49th with 10)
- Ranks 21st in free throw attempts, 24th in defensive rebounds, 32nd in made free throws and 35th in rebounds per game
- With 913 points and 524 rebounds in two collegiate seasons, is on pace to set Binghamton records and crack America East all-time top-10 in rebounding and top-20 in scoring
- Is just the second America East player in 35 years (first in last 19) to reach 900 points and 500 rebounds in his first two seasons  

YOSEF YACOB
- America East All-Rookie selection
- Averaged 11.5 points - No. 2 on team and third-highest among America East rookies
- Two-time America East Rookie of Week
- Scored in double figures in 12 of last 15 games, including season-high 22 points vs. Vermont on March 2
- Ranked fourth in America East in conference minutes played (33.8 mpg.)
- Tied school’s freshman record for made three-pointers (46)
- His 12-assist showing vs. New Hampshire on Jan. 9 was league’s season-high in AE play
- Hit dramatic three-pointer at regulation buzzer to force overtime at Hartford on Feb. 27  

MARLON BECK
- Led team in assists (83) and ranked fourth in scoring (9.2)
- Set school’s freshman records for assists and steals (33)
- Three-time America East Rookie of Week
- Ranked seventh in AE in assists
- Averaged 32.8 minutes, second-highest on team and seventh in America East
- Produced 11 double-digit scoring performances
- Recorded 10 assists vs. Bryant and again vs. Maine eight days later
- Led comeback over Cornell with game- and season-high 27 points (19 in second half)
- Made three clutch free throws with 4.6 seconds left to force overtime at New Hampshire and then drilled 3-pointer with 56 seconds left in OT to help seal win

NICK MADRAY
- Averaged 10.8 points through first 21 games before season was cut short with injury
- America East Rookie of the Week on Nov. 11
- Scored 22 points in collegiate debut vs. Loyola (8-of-10 FG)
- Scored 20 or more points four times, including season-high 23 in comeback win at Cornell (5-of-6 three-pointers)
- Shot 44% from field and 74% from free throw line
- Made 8-of-9 shots in home win over New Hampshire
- Tallied 20 points and nine rebounds in final game before injury

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