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Bearcats use size advantage to pull away from Albany 86-59

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VESTAL, N.Y. - Host Binghamton (9-7, 4-2 AE) put five players in double figures and used a 16-0 run midway through the second to pull away from pesky but undersized Albany (4-12, 1-5 AE), 86-59, Tuesday in an America East Conference game from West Gym. The Bearcats used their considerable height advantage to pull down 24 offensive rebounds and produce a 50-26 margin on the glass.

Binghamton led by 10 at the break, but Albany trimmed the deficit to three, 50-47, with 12:58 to play. Sophomore forward Billy Williams (Milwaukee, Wis./Bay View) then sparked a 16-0 BU run with seven points - including a high-flying dunk that sent the crowd of 1,821 into a frenzy. A three-pointer from senior guard Charles Baker (Missouri City, Texas/Westbury Christian) expanded BU's lead to 66-47 before the Great Danes finally broke their 6:19 scoring silence.

"Albany played good but they were fatigued," BU head coach Al Walker said of a Great Danes team that played a double overtime game two days earlier. "They hung around as long as they good, but once we settled into our rhythm, we were much deeper and that was the difference. We had a size advantage, and got the ball inside when we wanted to."

Leading the inside charge was seven-foot sophomore center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska), who recorded his first career double-double with career-highs of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Billings led five BU players in double figures. Junior forward Brandon Carter (McPherson, Kan.) added 13 points, Baker wound up with 11, and senior guard Anthony Green (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown) and sophomore Joe White (Winsted, Conn./The Gilbert School) added 10 points apiece. Green also contributed seven assists and three steals.

Albany was led by freshman forward Levi Levine (New York, N.Y./Cheshire Academy, Conn.), who scored a game-high 23 points with seven rebounds. Freshman guard Jamar Wilson (Bronx, N.Y./Our Savior New American School) added 18 points.

Binghamton will host conference foe New Hampshire at noon on Sunday in the America East TV Game of the Week. The game will be broadcast regionally on Empire Sports Network and New England Sports Network (NESN).

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