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Men’s basketball loses at Colgate 74-47

Reed registers sixth double-double of season; Gray scores team-high 12 points

December 26, 2012


Men’s basketball loses at Colgate 74-47

Box Score

Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)

HAMILTON, N.Y.— Junior forward Murphy Burnatowski scored 23 points and Colgate (4-9) used a big first-half run to pull away early from visiting Binghamton (2-10), 74-47 Friday night from Cotterell Court. After a 17-day layoff, the Bearcats were sluggish and Colgate responded by shooting 51 percent and draining 11 three-pointers.

Already ahead by 15 at the half, Colgate began the second half with a 10-0 run and led by as many as 30 points in the final frame.

“It was a tough night,” head coach Tommy Dempsey said. “To Colgate’s credit, I thought they played very well. We dug ourselves a hole and we tried to play hard and get back into the game but in that effort, we still gave up a lot of open shots. We don’t score easily so we have a hard time surviving big runs like that.”

The Raiders used a 19-4 run midway through the first half to break away from a 13-13 deadlock and build a 40-25 halftime cushion. Colgate hit three 3-pointers in a 2:45 span to key the run and wound up with six in the initial period. Binghamton was held scoreless for 4:19 during the pivotal stretch. After using the long-range shot to score early, the hosts enjoyed a steady stream of free throws over the final eight minutes of the half, going to the line eight times in the final eight minutes (8-for-14 FT).

Senior guard Jimmy Gray scored 12 points to pace BU in the half. Colgate led by as many as 18 points before Gray’s three-pointer with 1:02 left in the half cut BU’s deficit to 15.

Binghamton got off to a soaring start when freshman guard Jordan Reed flew over the top to flush down an alley-oop from junior guard Rayner Moquete just 11 seconds in. The teams traded baskets with four ties in the first 5:21 before the big Colgate run.

Reed produced his sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. He entered the game with the most double-doubles of any guard in the entire nation (4th among all freshmen). Reed began the night atop the America East in rebounding (9.8) and second in scoring (17.4). His rebounding average is 26th in the nation – second-best for freshmen.

Gray was held scoreless in the second half and wound up with a team-high 12 points. Moquete added nine points.

Binghamton shot just 28 percent and managed just 4-of-22 shooting from beyond the arc. The Bearcats did hold a 40-39 edge on the glass.

The Bearcats return home to host Cornell at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The game is being broadcast by Time Warner Cable Sportschannel.

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