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For Immediate Release: November 25, 2009
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball shoots past Arkansas-Monticello 66-56
Talley and Wright combine for 39 points; BU shoots season-best 49%

Box score

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Freshman guard Dylan Talley scored a game-high 21 points and junior forward Greer Wright added 18 points to lead Binghamton (2-4) to a 66-56 win over Arkansas-Monticello (1-4) in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Wednesday night from the Ramsey Center on the campus of Western Carolina. The Bearcats played their most complete game of the season, shooting a season-best 49% and snapping a four-game losing streak in the process.

Talley hit 8-of-14 from the floor for his highest output of the young season. After tallying nine points in the first half, he scored BU's first six points of the second half and later added a three-pointer and two free throws to keep the Boll Weevils at bay.

Despite battling foul trouble, Wright nailed 6-of-9 for 18 points - 13 coming in the first half. Wright, who also added five rebounds and four steals, scored five points during a pivotal 12-1 late BU run. With the Bearcats up 52-49 with 6:56 left, he followed his own miss with a putback and later swished in a 19-footer with 4:35 left to extend the run. Junior forward Moussa Camara added a three-pointer with 2:40 left to cap the clinching run and give BU a 64-50 cushion.

Camara wound up with 10 points and juniolr forward Mahamoud Jabbi chipped in six points (3-for-3 FG) and a team-high six rebounds.

"It was a team effort tonight," interm head coach Mark Macon said. "We shot the ball better and cut down on our turnovers. We also played good defense. It was a great way to wrap up our trip."

The Bearcats played a sharp first half, hitting 48% from the floor and turning the ball over just six times. The teams traded baskets early on before BU embarked on an 11-2 run to forge a 26-18 lead with 6:17 left in the period. Three of those points came courtesy of a steal, layup and free throw sequence from Wright, who scored 13 points and added four steals in the first half. Talley converted a short jumper in the lane with four seconds left to give the Bearcats a 33-29 edge at intermission.

The Bearcats next travel to Lawrenceville, N.J. to face Rider Saturday night.

NOTES
The team's 49% shooting (25-of-51) was its best of the season, topping the 41.5% it shot against Pitt... Wright was named to the all-tournament team. He scored 51 points in the three games (17.0/game).

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