Release: March 5, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Two Binghamton men's basketball players earned high recognition from America East coaches Friday as the conference released its postseason award-winners Friday afternoon. Junior forward Greer Wright was voted one of top five players in the league, landing on the all-conference first team. Freshman Dylan Talley was chosen as the America East Rookie of the Year.
The pair helped lead the Bearcats to an 8-8 conference record and surprising fifth-place finish in the regular season standings. After losing four starters just weeks before the season began, BU was picked to finish dead-last in the preseason poll. Instead, the Bearcats (13-18) knocked off every team in the league, including top teams Stony Brook and Vermont. The team's quest to defend its 2009 America East title was denied on the eve of the tournament, which begins Saturday in Hartford.
Wright ranked fourth in the conference in scoring (16.8 ppg.) and assists (3.9/game) and was seventh in rebounding (6.8/game), seventh in free throw percentge (.807) and 10th in steals (1.1/game). Wright becomes just the third BU player in nine years selected to the first team, joining Anthony Green (2002-03) and Andre Heard (2005-06). He was a three-time America East Player of the Week honoree, scored 20 or more points eight times and produced five double-doubles.
Talley was the highest-scoring freshman in the conference, earning the top honor after ranking 13th in the league in scoring (13.5 ppg.) and 14th in field goal percentage. Talley earned Rookie of the Week honors four times this season. He scored in double figures 17 times, including a game-high 20 in the regular-season finale at Vermont. He is the first Binghamton player to receive the league's top rookie honor and fourth Bearcat to earn all-rookie status (Nick Billings, 2001-02; Troy Hailey, 2003-04; Lazar Trifunovic, 2006-07).
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