Release: December 22, 2007
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton (3-7) exploded out of the gate with a 20-2 run and went on to rout visiting Chicago State (4-11) 75-55 Saturday afternoon from the Events Center. The Bearcats shot 57% in the first half and led by as many as 24 points in posting their second straight win.
Binghamton hit 9-of-16 to start the game and hounded the visiting Cougars into 2-for-13 shooting during the first seven minutes. After the initial 20-2 run, BU stretched its cushion to 43-21 at the break. A 13-2 run by Chicago midway through the second half cut its deficit to 13, 57-44, but the Bearcats responded with a 12-2 run to end the threat.
"We played a great game today," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "It was an all-around team effort. We are starting to come together as a team. We are playing much better team defense than we were earlier in the season. You can see the guys are paying attention to detail and really starting to defend. Hopefully we can keep growing as conference play approaches."
Senior point guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) sparked the big opening run with seven points. Gordon, the America East Player of the Game, hit 7-of-9 for 15 of his season-high 17 points in the first half. He added four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.
"Mike was great on defense and assertive on offense," Broadus said.
Sophomore forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) produced his fourth double-double of the season with a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds. Trifunovic netted six points during the 20-2 run and hit the 20-point mark for the third time this season.
Freshman guard Chretien Lukusa (Toronto, Ontario) was a spark in his second straight start, scoring nine points. Senior guard Richard Forbes (Far Rockaway) had nine points and junior forward Reggie Fuller (Missouri City, Texas) chipped in eight points and seven rebounds.
"Both Reggie and Chretien were again huge for us today," Broadus said. "They keep playing their game and doing things no one else does. And that's what it takes to win."
Binghamton next heads to the Bronx to face Fordham on December 28.
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