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Bearcats roll over New Hampshire in America East opener 80-50
Box Score

Green Durham, N. H. – Binghamton exploded out of the gate in the second half, using a 19-3 run to pull away from host New Hampshire Thursday in the America East opener for both teams. The Bearcats (5-5, 1-0 AE) shot 67% and put 53 points on the board in the second half to overwhelm the Wildcats (1-9, 0-1 AE), who shot just 24% for the game.

Senior guard Anthony Green (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored a game-high 21 points, including 10 points during a 2:26 span early in the second half. With Green leading the way, BU stretched a 29-23 lead at the 18:32 mark to 48-26 with 13:50 left. Green, who has reached double figures in every game this season, nailed 5-of-9 three-pointers (3-of-4 in second half) for the game.

“It was a great way to start conference play,” BU head coach Al Walker said. “Our guys played good Binghamton basketball – we rebounded, ran the floor and executed in our offensive set. In the second half, we handled their press and got good looks.”

In addition to the shooting accuracy, BU dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Wildcats 49-28. New Hampshire managed just 13 field goals for the game, while the Bearcats finished at 52% from the field.

Junior forward Brandon Carter (McPherson, Kan.) scored 12 points for BU, which also received nine points each from senior forward Jeffrey St. Fort (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore forward Billy Williams (Milwaukee, Wisc.). Sophomore center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) chipped in a season-high nine rebounds, six points and four blocks in 16 minutes of work.

“When Nick’s in the game, we’re pretty good defensively,” Walker added. “He makes people uncomfortable.”

The Bearcats continue their road swing with a big matchup Saturday afternoon in Boston. There, BU will face the reigning conference champion Terriers of Boston University – a team that recently defeated ACC member Florida State and played No. 4 Arizona close.
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