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Men's basketball rolls past Columbia 70-42
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VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton spotted visiting Columbia a 5-0 lead before rattling off 15 consecutive first-half points en route to a commanding 70-42 win. The Bearcats (2-0) limited Columbia (0-3) to three field goals in the opening period, built a 20-point halftime margin, and cruised to the 28-point victory. The last time Binghamton began the season 2-0 was in the 1998-99 season.

"I'm very proud of our guys," BU head coach Al Walker said. "We defended against a very difficult, intricate offense, and once again, it was our bench that made all the difference."

Senior guard Anthony Green (Philadelphia, Pa./International) scored a game-high 20 points - 13 in the first half - as the Bearcats shook off a 5-0 Columbia lead with a 15-0 run that spanned 10 minutes. Five different players scored during that span. In the second half, the Lions trimmed the margin to 15, 40--25, with 12:04 left before senior forward Stanley Ocitti (Cambridge, Mass./International, Holland) took over. The 6-foot-8 forward scored all 12 of his points during a 17-0 BU run that spanned 3:39. Ocitti nailed a pair of three-pointers in a 17-second span, and wound up shooting 5-of-7 with seven rebounds in 22 minutes.

Columbia shot just 29% for the game, and was without a double-digit scorer for the third straight game.

Green added five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Seven-foot sophomore center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) boosted his blocks total by three. In two games this season, Billings now has 10 blocks.

The Bearcats shot 41% from the floor, 41% from three-point range, and 85% from the free throw line.

Binghamton will next travel to Brooklyn on Friday to face Long Island University. Tip-off is 7 p.m. from the Schwartz Athletic Center.

NOTES:
Binghamton put 70 points on the board against a Columbia program that led the nation in scoring defense last year (57.0 ppg.) ... The 42 points were the lowest for a BU opponent since the Bearcats held Green Mountain College to 39 on February 13, 2001 ... The score nearly reversed the outcome two years ago at Columbia, when the Lions toppled then-Division II Binghamton 62-37.

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