Release: November 14, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton men's basketball overcame a sluggish start to battle past visiting Bloomsburg 54-49 in the team's season opener Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. A strong fan base of 3,711 was on hand - the third-largest opening-day crowd in program history.
Junior forward Moussa Camara tallied a career-high 16 points (13 in second half), junior forward Greer Wright added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds and freshman guard Dylan Talley chipped in 10 points and three steals.
The Division II Huskies jumped out to an 8-0 lead as BU had six turnovers in the game's first 4:11. Wright finally scored the Bearcats' first points of the season on a baseline drive and dunk at the 14:40 mark. But Bloomsburg held the lead for nearly the entire first half before a BU 6-0 run gave the Bearcats their first lead in the closing minutes of the period.
In the second half, BU broke away from a 36-36 deadlock with a 9-2 run that featured a three-pointer from Camara and three points from junior forward Mahamoud Jabbi. Bloomsburg kept the game tight, however, and trailed 48-45 with 3:03 left before Talley made a key steal from behind with 2:38 left and junior guard Chretien Lukusa tucked in a layup after a missed three-pointer on the other end to give BU some breathing room. The Bearcats made four free throws in the final 39 seconds to seal the win.
"Bloomsburg gave us a real good challenge," interim head coach Mark Macon said. "I was shocked the way we played in the first 10 minutes. But luckily we got aggressive offensively and defensively and came back. I commend our guys for playing harder. But we have to get better defensively and limit our turnovers."
The Bearcats shot just 33% for the game and made only 4-of-20 three-pointers. The team also missed 13 free throws but held a 40-33 advantage on the glass and committed only five turnovers in the pivotal second half.
Binghamton travels to Pittsburgh to face Big East power Pitt Tuesday night. The game against the Panthers will be televised live at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
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