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For Immediate Release: December 29, 2006
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball topples Alcorn State 78-65 in Lobo consolation game
Trifunovic and James combine for 47 points, lead four players in double figures

Box Score

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Freshman forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) and senior forward Duane James (Miami, Fla.) had career-highs of 25 and 22 points respectively to lead Binghamton (7-5) to a 78-65 victory over Alcorn State (1-10) Friday night in the consolation game of the Comcast Lobo Invitational. The Bearcats built a 15-point halftime cushion and put four players in double figures to go 1-1 at the tournament.

Trifunovic hit 10-of-16 from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds in his finest collegiate game. James was equally effective inside, converting 7-of-11 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws. Senior guards Steve Proctor (Largo, Md.) and Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) added 14 and 12 points, respectively. One night after scoring a career-high 22 points, junior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) tied a tournament single-game record with 11 assists and was the team's representative on the all-tournament team.

"Mike played a fabulous game and Duane and Lazar were very tough inside," head coach Al Walker said. "These consolation games are tough and I thought we showed a lot of character."

The Bearcats were sharp from the start, hitting five of their first seven three-point attempts and building an early first-half lead. An 18-7 run midway through the period stretched a five-point lead to a 35-19 margin with 5:16 to play. Trifunovic scored five of his points during the run and Proctor and Hailey hit back-to-back threes. Binghamton shot 50% from the floor and forced 11 Alcorn State turnovers.

In the second half, BU misfired on 10 of its first 12 shots and the Braves tightened the gap, pulling to within six, 51-45, with 12:57 to play. But Hailey hit a short jumper and Proctor followed with a three-pointer to spur the Bearcats to a 9-0 run which restored a double-digit margin. Alcorn State never threatened the rest of the way.

The Bearcats open up America East play by hosting UMBC on January 3 at the Events Center.

NOTES
The game was BU's final non-conference game of the season and the seven victories are the most non-conference wins in the program's six years of Division I play.

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