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For Immediate Release: January 8, 2006
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton men's basketball eases past Stony Brook 63-54
Hermenier records double-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds

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VESTAL, N.Y. - In a tight defensive battle showcased on regional television, Binghamton (5-9, 2-1 America East) led from start to finish in defeating visiting Stony Brook (2-10, 1-3 AE) 63-54 in a men's college basketball game Sunday afternoon from Events Center.

Senior forward Sebastian Hermenier (Rockville, Md.) recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds and classmate Andre Heard (Oklahoma City, Okla.) scored a game-high 18 points.

Despite being outshot for the game, the Bearcats used their advantage on the glass to get to the free throw line, where BU converted 26-of-33 (79%). Binghamton held a 45-30 rebound margin, and led by as many as 15 points in the second half. The Bearcats extended a five-point halftime lead to as many as 15 points before the Seawolves rallied midway through the second half. After Stony Brook trimmed their deficit to five, 51-46, with 3:56 to play, BU hit eight free throws in the final 1:37 to clinch the team's second win in a row.

"I thought it was a really good defensive effort, especially on the glass," head coach Al Walker said. "I was really pleased with our execution down the stretch. We also made our free throws."

Heard added seven rebounds and three steals. Junior guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) scored 10 points and sophomore point guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) chipped in nine points, five assists and five rebounds.

Both teams were ice cold at the start of the game, with BU missing its first nine shots and Stony Brook going more than seven minutes without a field goal. For the game, BU shot 33% and Stony Brook was at 35%.

Binghamton begins a three-game road trip with a game at Maine on January 12.

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