For Immediate Release: December 30, 2009
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Binghamton men's basketball falls to Stephen F. Austin 64-43

Box score

MORAGA, CALIF. -- Stephen F. Austin (9-3) began the second half on a 20-6 run en route to knocking off Binghamton (4-10) 64-43 on the final night of the Shamrock Office Solutions Classic on Wednesday night at St. Mary's (Calif.) McKeon Pavilion.

"Stephen F. Austin ran their sets and they got easy baskets by throwing the ball inside and then hitting outside shots," interim head coach Mark Macon said. "We have to put whole games together because the games won't get any easier as we head towards conference play, where the opponents are more familiar with us."

The Lumberjacks used a balanced attack during their second half spurt, as seven different players scored during the 10-minute run. Binghamton answered with a 14-2 run of their own, powered by junior guard Chretien Lukusa, but the deficit was insurmountable. Lukusa scored 14 points in the second half, 18 overall, and was the only BU player in double figures.

Stephen F. Austin shot 7-of-7 from the floor during a six-minute span in the first half to power a 17-9 run, pushing their lead to 22-13. The Lumberjacks shot 60 percent (15-of-25) in the opening half to take a 37-21 lead into the locker room.

Overall, the Lumberjacks shot 50 percent (25-of-50) from the floor and were led by 14 points from junior guard Eddie Williams. Sophomore center Jereal Scott had 12 points and Walt Harris added 10.

Lukusa was named to the all-tournament team.

Binghamton returns home to play La Salle on Saturday at 2 p.m in their final contest before America East play begins.

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