Immediate Release: February 11, 2004
VESTAL, N.Y. - Junior centers Alex Adediran (Covington, Ga.) and Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) and combined for 34 points and 19 rebounds, leading Binghamton (11-13, 7-6 America East) past visiting Albany (4-18, 2-11), 58-46, in an America East game Wednesday night. In Binghamton's second-ever game at the $33.1 million Events Center, a crowd of 3,476 saw the Bearcats snap a two -game losing streak and defeat their longtime SUNY rival for the seventh consecutive time.
Using the team's substantial size advantage, BU broke away from a 25-25 tie early in the second half. Six-foot-8 Adediran poured in 15 of his 17-second-half points and the seven-foot Billings added eight during a decisive 26-6 run that provided the Bearcats with a 20-point margin. Binghamton shot 52% over the final 20 minutes, moving the ball around to the tune of a season-high 17 assists.
"The big fellas came through tonight," head coach Al Walker said. "It was a great game for us."
Billings recorded his fifth double-double of the season, combining 17 points with 10 rebounds and four blocks. Adediran reached his season-high with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, and tied his season-high with nine boards. Junior forward Billy Williams (Milwaukee, Wis.) chipped in eight points and a career-high five assists.
Albany was led by sophomore forward Levi Levine, who tallied a game-high 18 points.
Binghamton next travels to Durham, N.H. to face New Hampshire Saturday at 1 p.m.
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