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|Men's basketball rolls past Columbia 70-42|
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.
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