Release: March 6, 2009
Second-year head coach Kevin Broadus was selected by his peers as Coach of the Year. In addition, junior guards D.J. Rivera and Emanuel Mayben earned second team all-conference honors and senior forward Reggie Fuller was named to the third team and all-defensive team.
In just his second season as a head coach, Broadus led the Bearcats to a record-breaking season. The 2008-09 Bearcats became the first to win a conference regular season title in 63 years of basketball at the university. The America East coaches picked Binghamton to finish fifth in the preseason poll, and BU topped that by four spots, gaining the No. 1 seed with a school-record 13-3 season. The team's 20 overall wins are the most in its Division I tenure and second all-time. In two seasons at Binghamton, Broadus is 22-10 (.688) against AE opponents - the best record of any team in the conference. In addition, the team is currently receiving votes (ranked 26th) in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
"I'm proud to accept this award but it should be a Team of the Year award," Broadus said. "I want to thank our 12 student-athletes and our coaches who worked so hard during this special season. I'm just the co-pilot. I'm deeply humbled and honored to work with these kids at Binghamton."
Junior guard D.J. Rivera, the leading scorer in the conference at 20.2 points per game, was among the five players selected to the second team. Rivera, 25th in the country in scoring, has established BU single-season records for scoring average, points (565), field goals (202) and free throws (119) at the Division I level. He has scored in double figures in 27 of 28 games, and has eclipsed the 20-point mark in 19 games. In the conference, Rivera also ranks fifth in steals (1.8/game), seventh in field goal percentage (48%) and eighth in rebounds (6.4/game). Rivera becomes the first player in 30 years to lead the America East in scoring, yet not be chosen to the first team.
Junior guard Emanuel Mayben joined his backcourt mate on the second team. Mayben came on strong once conference play began, averaging 12.9 points on 47% shooting against America East opponents. In addition, he handed out an average of 4.9 assists. Mayben's season-high 31 points lifted the Bearcats to a stunning 85-83 comeback win at Vermont on Feb. 4 - a win that ultimately gave BU its crucial tiebreak advantage over the Catamounts. He also hit the game-winner in overtime to beat Stony Brook. Mayben has scored in double figures in nine of his last 11 games and is shooting 41% from three-point range against AE foes. He ranks third in the conference in overall assists (4.6/game) and seventh in three-point percentage (.413).
Senior forward Reggie Fuller was voted to both the third team and the all-defensive team. In his second and final season with BU, Fuller is averaging 10.0 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds. He has scored in double figures in six straight games, including a season-high 22 points in BU's overtime win over New Hampshire. Fuller ranks second in the America East in blocks (1.6/game), third in field goal percentage (.556) and sixth in rebounds. Fuller has produced four double-doubles this season and leads the team in dunks. In just two years, Fuller has cracked BU's top-15 in career scoring and ranks among the top-5 in three other career categories.
Binghamton opens tournament play with a quarterfinal game at 6 p.m. Saturday against either eight-seeded Maine or ninth-seeded Hartford.
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