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Cold-shooting men’s basketball falls at St. Peter’s 66-43

Longoria leads BU with 12 points

November 20, 2011


Cold-shooting men’s basketball falls at St. Peter’s 66-43

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Host St. Peter’s (1-3) raced out to a 15-point halftime lead and never looked back in a 66-43 victory over cold-shooting Binghamton (0-4) Sunday night from the Yanitelli Center. The Bearcats shot just 32 percent from the field and committed 20 turnovers.

After a sluggish start by both teams, the Bearcats got three-pointers from sophomore guard Robert Mansell and freshman guard Chris Longoria and after Mansell added a pair of free throws, BU led 11-9 with 11:02 remaining in the period. But from there, St. Peter’s rattled off 11 straight points on four driving layups and a dunk as BU coughed the ball up five times in three minutes. The Peacocks kept the run going and finished the half on a 24-7 streak. After holding the 11-9 lead, BU hit just 2-of-12 the rest of the way. The Bearcats held a 19-13 edge on the glass but 13 turnovers and poor outside shooting resulted in the team’s third double-digit halftime deficit in four games.

After managing just five field goals in the first half, the second half was more of the same as BU misfired on 11-of-14 to start the period. The Peacocks extended their lead to as many as 29 midway through the half before settling on the final 23-point margin.

Longoria led BU with 12 points. Mansell tallied nine. Freshman forward Jabrille Williams chipped in six points and three boards in 17 minutes off the bench.

“We outrebounded them but we can’t seem to put the ball in the basket right now,” head coach Mark Macon said. “It’s early in the season but it’s frustrating. We have to continue to work hard in practice and things will fall into place. We just can’t continue to dig ourselves holes like that and turn the ball over.”

Binghamton returns to campus for Thanksgiving before departing Friday for Columbia, Mo. and a matchup with No. 24 Missouri next Sunday.

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