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Boston topples men’s basketball 68-53
Dickinson, Mansell pace Bearcats with 13 points apiece
February 3, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Visiting Boston University stretched an eight-point halftime lead with 58 percent shooting in the second half to pull away from Binghamton (0-23, 0-11 AE) 68-53 in an America East men’s basketball game Saturday night from the Events Center. The Terriers (12-13, 8-3 AE) forced 17 Bearcats turnovers and led from start to finish in front of a crowd of 3,232.
Senior guards Darryl Partin and Matt Griffin led Boston with 13 points apiece and seven different Terriers scored seven or more points. Boston began the game with a 12-4 run, led 28-20 at the break and a started the second half with a quick 10-4 run to create ample distance. The Bearcats pulled no closer than eight in the second half and Boston expanded its lead to as many as 22 points before Binghamton ended the game with a 9-2 run.
“We talked about putting together spurts and runs but we weren’t able to put any of those together tonight,” head coach Mark Macon said. “Our guys are playing their butts off. But we gave Boston more opportunities to score by turning the ball over too much. We have to continue to work hard on the defensive end of the floor and not have breakdowns defensively. Our guys are continuing to battle and play hard and we want to win for those guys. They deserve it.”
Sophomore guard Robert Mansell and freshman forward Ben Dickinson scored 13 points apiece to pace Binghamton’s offense. Mansell hit 5-of-11 from the floor and scored nine of his points after intermission. Dickinson added five rebounds and four assists in 23 minutes. Freshman forward Omar Richards chipped in eight points, four rebounds, three steals and a pair of blocks.
The Terriers had just one more field goal than their hosts, but drilled seven threes and converted 15-of-19 from the line. After hitting just nine field goals in the first half (39%), Binghamton shot 48% in the second (13-for-27) and held a 31-25 rebound advantage for the game.
The Bearcats get an extended break before playing at Hartford next Sunday. It’s the longest gap in the schedule since early December.
Boston freshman forward Malik Thomas (8 pts., 6 rebds.) and Binghamton junior forward Javon Ralling (7 pts., 6 rebs.) were selected as the America East Players of the Game