For Immediate Release: February 9, 2009
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BU men's basketball rolls past Albany 88-75 for 16th win
Rivera, Mayben combine for 52 points, BU wins fourth straight

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VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior guards D.J. Rivera and Emanuel Mayben combined for 52 points to lead Binghamton (16-8, 9-3 AE) to an 88-75 win over Albany (13-11, 5-6 AE) in front of a sellout crowd of 5,142 Monday night at the Events Center. The win, BU's fourth straight and sixth in its last seven games, moved the Bearcats to within a half-game of league-leading Boston University (9-2) in the America East.

Mayben scored 15 of his 25 points in the first half, when BU raced out to a 48-32 advantage. Rivera then netted 15 of his 27 points in the second half as the Bearcats shot 54% to thwart any Great Danes comeback bid. Senior forward Reggie Fuller added 17 points and eight rebounds for Binghamton.

Albany was led by Tim Ambrose, who scored a game-high 28 points.

"It was a big win for us tonight," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "We were fortunate to make shots, which we didn't do at Albany the first game. All these games are big games and we came out on top. Albany is a good ball club ... they don't give up. Now we're going to Boston to battle for first place."

With BU up 8-7 early in the game, Mayben caught fire from the outside, draining three three-pointers in a 2:06 span. The ensuing 24-7 run (spanning 6:09) stretched the Bearcats' lead to 32-14 with 10:16 left. Mayben wound up hitting 5-of-9 three-pointers in the half and BU drained nine as a team and took a 16-point lead into the break.

In the second period, Binghamton hit its first five shots to push its lead to 20, 59-39, and Albany never threatened the rest of the way. The Great Danes did cut their deficit to eight, 77-69, with 2:20 left before BU converted 9-of-11 free throws to close out the win.

The Bearcats head to Boston to face the first-place Terriers Saturday afternoon.

Mayben and Ambrose were named the America East Players of the Game... The 16 wins ties the most in BU's eight-year Division I history (the 2005-06 team went 16-13)... The game was broadcast live on MSG+ - the fifth televised game this season (BU is 4-1)... Junior starting guard Malik Alvin sat out the game with leg injuries... The sellout crowd of 5,142 was the largest regular-season crowd in school history, eclipsed only by the 5,222 that watched BU beat Albany in the America East quarterfinals on March 5, 2005... Junior guard D.J. Rivera broke single-season records for points (497) and field goals (197). Andre Heard held the previous marks with 495 points and 175 field goals in the 2005-06 season.

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