Release: November 14, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton University men's basketball team flashed its new-look lineup in impressive fashion Friday night, running away from visiting Buffalo State 102-64 in an exhibition game from the Events Center. The Bearcats shot 63% and put six players in double figures.
In his first game after transferring from St. Joseph's University, junior D.J. Rivera led all scorers with 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Rivera struck for 13 points in the first half as BU opened up a 48-29 cushion. Binghamton then hit 23-of-29 from the floor in the second half (79%) to reach the 100-point plateau.
"We had some bright spots but I wasn't totally satisfied tonight," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "We started out with good intensity but defensively we had breakdowns we can't have. I want us to be lock-down defenders. We have to build on this because Monday (season opener against Mansfield) is for real."
Senior forward Dwayne Jackson nailed 6-of-7 shots, including 4-of-5 three-pointers en route to 16 points. Also scoring in double figures were senior Sean Watson (13 pts.), senior center Jaan Montgomery (11 pts., 8 rebs.), junior Emanuel Mayben (10 pts, 7 assists) and sophomore guard Brandon Herbert (10 pts.).
Junior guard David Fine showed sharp passing off the bench, totalling 12 assists in 18 minutes of action.
Rivera showed explosiveness and a nice shooting touch in his 23 minutes of work. He threw down a dunk two minutes into the contest and drained a three-pointer 44 seconds later giving BU an early 9-0 lead.
A 13-0 run midway through the half stretched the margin to 21, 37-16 with 5:24 left in the half. The Bearcats then missed just six shots in the second half, and hit the century mark on a three-pointer from Jackson with 1:21 left. Herbert added a layup with 45 seconds left to finish the 38-point win.
Buffalo State had three players in double figures, led by Antonio Speed's 15 points.
Binghamton opens its regular season on Monday when the Bearcats host Mansfield University.
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