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For Immediate Release: November 24, 2007
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Akron runs away from BU men's basketball in second half 71-51
Trifunovic picks up second straight double-double with 17 points, 13 rebounds

Box Score

AKRON, Ohio -- Akron (3-1) continued its home court dominance, using a strong second half to run past visiting Binghamton (1-4) 71-51 Saturday night from Rhodes Arena. The Zips, ranked 17th in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25, have won 41 of their last 43 home games.

After a sloppy first half, Akron stepped up its production in the second period, shooting 50% to pin a third straight loss on the Bearcats. The Zips were led by senior guards Cedrick Middleton and Nick Dials, who scored 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Akron opened the second half with a 9-2 run to build a double-digit lead and the Zips never looked back. Binghamton committed 19 turnovers in the game, including five in the first four minutes of the second half when Akron began to pull away.

"It's a learning process ," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "We can't shoot like that and expect to win. But we'll try to do better."

Sophomore forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) recorded his second straight double-double and third of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Bearcats.

Freshman guard Devin McBride (Richmond, Va.) scored all nine of his points in the second half and senior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway, N.Y.) added eight points.

The Bearcats battled hard from the opening whistle, overcoming 29% shooting in the first half by crashing the boards. With Trifunovic leading the effort (8 rebs.), BU pulled down 24 rebounds (to Akron's 21) and kept within striking distance, trailing just 33-25 at the break. Trifunovic tallied eight points in a 3:32 span and Binghamton trailed 17-16 at the halfway mark of the period. But then the Bearcats misfired on 12-of-13 shots and the Zips responded with a 10-2 run to stretch their lead to nine, 27-18, with 3:42 left. Five free throws in the final 3:19 kept BU's deficit in single digits at intermission

Binghamton next plays at Cornell Tuesday night.

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