Immediate Release: March 5, 2004
BOSTON, Mass. - On the eve of the program's first-ever Division I conference tournament, Binghamton has landed three men's basketball players on the America East All-Conference Teams.
Junior center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) was selected to the second team, senior guard Brandon Carter (McPherson, Kan.) was chosen on the third team, and freshman guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) was picked for the All-Rookie squad.
For Billings, the honor marks the third straight year he has received accolades from the league. In 2001-02, he was an all-rookie pick, and last season Billings earned second team honors. He currently ranks sixth in the nation in blocked shots (3.5 per game), and is also averaging 12.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. Billings has been particularly effective against America East opponents, averaging 3.8 blocks, 13.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He has six "double-doubles" this season, including an 11-point, 11-rebound performance against Boston University in his last outing. Billings ranks first in the America East in blocks, second in rebounds and 12th in scoring.
Carter, meanwhile, has been the team's most consistent player and its top defender this season. He has scored in double-figures in 10 of his last 13 games, and is averaging 11.3 points in conference play. Carter has recorded at least one steal in 20 of his last 21 games, and leads the team in both steals (1.7 per game) and free throw percentage (80%). He ranks fifth in the conference in steals, ninth in assist/turnover ratio and 17th in scoring. Carter also has logged a team-high 1,002 minutes this season (34.6 per game) - 200 more minutes than any other Bearcats player.
Hailey has enjoyed a strong freshman season, despite being thrust into the point-guard role instead of his more customary off-guard slot. He ranks third on the team in scoring with 9.6 points per game, and leads the team in assists and three-pointers. Hailey also appears to be stepping up his production heading into the conference tournament. In his last four games, he is averaging 12.5 points on 49% shooting.
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