Release:January 20, 2011
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany (10-12, 3-4 AE) built a 26-point halftime bulge and cruised past visiting Binghamton (6-13, 3-3 AE) 76-37 Thursday night from SEFCU Arena. The Bearcats managed just four field goals in the first half and suffered their third straight defeat after opening the conference slate with three straight wins. The 37 points marked the lowest scoring output in the team's 10-year Division I history.
Senior forward Mahamoud Jabbi recorded his second double-double of the season with team-highs of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Jabbi scored 12 of those points in the second half and added two blocks. No other BU player had more than five points. Senior forward and leading scorer Greer Wright picked up three fouls in the game's first 11 minutes and finished with no points in 22 minutes.
"We couldn't make shots," head coach Mark Macon said. "It's tough when you get down like that. Albany got comfortable and we just couldn't get back into the game. We need to play better defense. We got our shots but didn't hit them. We will see the same thing all year (zone defense) so we have to be better."
The first half was a disaster for the Bearcats, who scored the opening bucket of the game before missing nine straight shots and surrendering 12 straight points to the Great Danes. After BU cut it to 12-5 with 13:36 to play, Albany embarked on a 17-0 run that coincided with a BU scoreless string of 7:10. The Bearcats couldn't produce anything against the Danes' zone defense and by the time walk-on forward Javon Ralling converted a rebound and jumper in the lane to finally push BU into double figures with 1:39 to play, Albany had a huge lead. Binghamton hit just 2-of-21 to start the half, went 13:18 without a field goal and trailed 39-13 at intermission after shooting 13% (4-of-30). That score matched the halftime score in BU's 79-39 loss at Drexel on November 28. It also was the 10th time this season that BU trailed by 10 or more points at the half.
Albany's Tim Black (15 pts.) and Jabbi were named the America East Players of the Game.
Binghamton next hosts Vermont Sunday afternoon at the Events Center. The game will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports.
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