VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton men's basketball put five players in double figures and rolled over Division III SUNY Brockport 103-62 in an exhibition game Monday night at the Events Center. The high-energy effort was a big improvement over the Bearcats' first exhibition game - an 82-76 loss to Division II St. Rose five days earlier.
Junior guard Schafer Jackson (Provo, Utah) scored a game-high 23 points, nailing 7-of-10 from the floor, including 5-of-8 three-pointers. Senior forward Alex Adediran (Covington, Ga.) netted 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds and classmate Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) collected 14 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and seven blocks in just 20 mintues of action. Junior guard Andre Heard (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and sophomore guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) added 17 and 11 points, respectively.
The Bearcats stretched a six-point lead to a 20-point margin with a 21-7 run at the tail end of the first half. Billings scored 12 of his 14 points in the opening period, where BU staked out a 49-32 margin. A 24-6 run early in the second half put the game out of reach.
"I was really pleased with our defense and how hard we ran the floor tonight," head coach Al Walker said. "We talked about sticking to our principles on every possession and demonstrating high energy. I thought our guys responded and I think we took one big step forward today. It was a good effort."
Brockport was led by junior guard Charles Hepburn and sophomore forward Brandon Williams, who had 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Golden Eagles connected on just 4-of-22 from three-point range and committed 21 turnovers.
Binghamton used its size advantage to create a 62-34 rebound margin, and showed a good shooting touch. Binghamton converted 44% from the floor and 80% from the free throw line.
The Bearcats will open their regular season in Ann Arbor next Monday, facing Michigan in the first round of the Preseason NIT.
"That will be an interesting opportunity for us," Walker said of the NIT game. "We will bring it as hard as we can against Michigan."
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