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Drexel pulls away from men’s basketball 68-44

Dickinson produces team-highs of 17 points, 7 rebounds

December 22, 2011


Drexel pulls away from men’s basketball 68-44

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Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

VESTAL, N.Y.—Senior forward Samme Givens scored 15 points and Drexel shot an efficient 55 percent to pull away from Binghamton men’s basketball 68-44 Thursday night from the Events Center. The Dragons (6-4) built a 14-point halftime lead and shot 63 percent in the second half to keep the game out of reach for the Bearcats (0-10). 

Binghamton trailed 22-18 with 5:32 remaining in the first half before Drexel ended the frame with a 14-4 run to take a 36-22 cushion into intermission. The run featured five layups - the result of crisp passing and cutting by the Dragons, 21-game winners last season. A 20-6 run to start the second half took the steam out of the Bearcats, who managed just six field goals over the final 20 minutes and shot 36 percent for the game.

“We played a good first half but we just couldn’t make a shot in the second,” head coach Mark Macon said.  “That was one of the best teams in the CAA and you have to commend them. They pounded the post and controlled us inside. They were very strong. I thought we had a good rhythm with regard to tempo ... and we were competing. I like the way we played defense. I know we’re getting better and I see the improvement.”

Drexel outscored BU 40-16 in the paint and turned 14 Bearcat turnovers into 15 points. The Dragons had five players with nine or more points. Givens hit 5-of-6 for his 15 points, freshman guard Damion Lee hit for 12 points and sophomore forward Dartaye Ruffin added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Freshman forward Ben Dickinson led the Bearcats with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes. He netted 11 of those points in the second half, thanks primarily to 7-of-9 accuracy from the free throw line. Classmate Omar Richards chipped in seven points and three boards in 21 minutes. Sophomore guard Robert Mansell added six points.
         
Drexel was BU’s fourth straight opponent that was coming off a 21-win (or more) season in 2010-11.

“The quality of our competition has helped us improve as a team,” Macon said. “It’s made us stronger.”

The Bearcats face a pair of MAAC opponents to end the calendar year. On Wednesday, BU will be in Buffalo to face Canisius. Two nights later, the Bearcats will welcome Manhattan to the Events Center in the team’s final game before America East play begins.

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