Immediate Release: February 11, 2006
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Binghamton men's basketball starts fast, wins at Stony Brook 76-58
STONY BROOK, N.Y.--Senior forward Sebastian Hermenier (Rockville, Md.) netted a game-high 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading Binghamton (12-11, 9-3 AE) to a 76-58 win over Stony Brook (4-18, 2-10 AE) in an America East Conference men's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Stony Brook Sports Complex. The win is the Bearcats' ninth in the last 11 games and puts the squad over the .500 mark for the first time since March 1, 2003.
Hermenier was 6-of-10 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free throw en route to his fifth double-double of the season. He also reached the 20-point mark in scoring for the second time in his career. Senior guard Andre Heard (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and junior guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) each added 11 points while freshman center Ian Milne (Winkler Manitoba) chipped in 10 points.
"We had a great opening (part) of the game and played terrific defense," head coach Al Walker said. "It''s all about momentum and to come in and get a big road road win gives us a lot of momentum right now. Sebastian was terrific and Mike Gordon really ran our offense well."
The key to the game was the first seven minutes, when Binghamton jumped out to an 18-4 lead. Heard had seven points during the run and the Bearcats connected on 3-of-6 shots from beyond the three-point arc. Binghamton got the lead as high as 38-20 before settling for a 39-23 lead at the break. Binghamton shot 15-of-30 from the field (.500) during the first 20 minutes.
In the second half, Binghamton went on a 15-2 run to increase their lead to 55-29 with 10:08 left to play. Hermenier had five of his points during the spurt. Stony Brook got to with 66-55 with 1:40 remaining but the Bearcats converted 9-of-12 free throws down the stretch.
Binghamton returns home for a 7 p.m. game against Boston University on Tuesday.
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