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Men’s basketball runs past Mansfield 79-64 in exhibition

Mansell nets game-high 21 to lead four in double figures

November 6, 2011

Men’s basketball runs past Mansfield 79-64 in exhibition

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Sophomore guard Rob Mansell led four players in double figures as Binghamton ran past visiting Mansfield 79-64 in an exhibition game Monday night from the Events Center.  Mansell hit 7-of-11 from the floor and 7-of-7 from the line and the Bearcats built a 13-point halftime lead to win their only exhibition game before Saturday’s season-opener against Colgate at home.

The teams traded baskets early in the game before BU stretched a 17-15 lead with an 18-4 run midway through the first half.  The run, which spanned 5:35, featured seven points from junior guard Carlyle Francis and five from freshman guard Chris Longoria.  Francis, who scored 12 of his 17 points in the first half, drilled a three-pointer and added a driving layup and two free throws in the decisive run.  A putback hoop by freshman forward Omar Richards pushed BU’s lead to 35-19 with 4:33 remaining in the period.  The Bearcats took a 41-28 lead into intermission after shooting 48% from the floor and hitting 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

In the second half, Mansfield trimmed their deficit to seven, 49-42, with 15:17 to play before BU ripped off a 20-8 run. Mansell scored six straight points during the run, which also included another three-pointer from Francis. 

“We played an okay game,” head coach Mark Macon said.  “Mansfield showed us things we need to work on to get better.  They played hard and we appreciate them coming up here to play us.  We have to rebound and play better defense.  I like the way we shared the ball (five players with eight or more points).  Our young guys are going to be pretty good in the coming years.”

The Bearcats played the game without junior point guard Jimmy Gray (injury) and senior center Kyrie Sutton (dismissed from team).

Francis hit 6-of-13, including 3-of-4 from three-point range.  He added four rebounds, three assists and two steals.  Other Bearcats in double figures were freshman Ben Dickinson (13 pts.) and Richards (10 pts.).  The tandem of Dickinson and Richards in the post was particularly effective.  Richards converted 5-of-7 field goals and Dickinson was active with a team-high four assists.  Each player also hauled in nine rebounds.  Longoria chipped in eight points, five rebounds and two blocks. 

Mansfield was led by senior point guard Josh Dupuy (13 pts., four steals) and sophomore forward Kevonte McClain (12 pts.). 

Binghamton shot 48% for the game (29-for-61) and held Mansfield to 38% accuracy (24-for-64).  The Bearcats hit 17-of-18 from the line and held a 42-30 advantage on the glass.  Each team hit four three-pointers (BU 4-for-14, Mansfield 4-for-18). 

The Bearcats will attempt to make it two in a row in their series with Colgate when the Raiders come to town for Saturday’s 7 p.m. tip-off.  Binghamton won 62-60 in the season-opener for both teams last season in Hamilton.

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