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Men's basketball falls to Iowa State 86-56 in championship game of Cyclone Challenge
Senior guard Anthony Green named to all-tournament team as BU earns runner-up honors
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AMES, IOWA—The Binghamton men’s basketball team (4-2) fell to undefeated Big 12 member Iowa State (5-0) in the championship game of the Cyclone Challenge on Saturday evening in front of 12,056 fans at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones won their own tournament for the seventh time in eight years.

“We were a little mismatched tonight, but this was a great experience” said BU head coach Al Walker. “This game tells us how much more we have to do to play against Syracuse next Saturday. Even though the final score was lopsided, we didn’t fold our tents, we played hard, and I’m proud of our guys.”

The Bearcats hung tough for the first 10 minutes of the game, as a 3-pointer by Anthony Green (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 11:20 remaining in the first period cut Iowa State’s lead to 15-13. However, BU went scoreless for the next seven minutes and the Cyclones used a 19-4 run to close the half and take a 34-17 lead into the break. Binghamton made just one field goal in the final 11 minutes of the half. The 17 first-half points matched the lowest output since Jan. 10, 2002, when BU also scored 17 in the first period against Boston University.

The Cyclones came out firing in the second half and broke the game open with 15 free throws and an incredible 71% shooting touch (17-24). Anthony Green made a layup with 10:30 remaining that cut the lead to 53-41, but the Bearcats got no closer as Iowa State responded with a 14-2 run to put the game out of reach.

Green wound up with a season-high 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including four three-pointers. Jeffrey St. Fort (Miami, Fla.) added seven points and seven-foot sophomore center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) contributed six points, five rebounds and four blocked shots. Green was named to the all-tournament team along with Jake Sullivan, Jackson Vroman and Adam Haluska of Iowa State, Zeljko Zupic of Denver, and Luis Rivas of Western Illinois. Jake Sullivan was the tournament MVP.

Iowa State’s Jackson Vroman scored a game-high 23 points with 14 rebounds and five blocks in the championship game, and was one of three Cyclones in double figures. Jake Sullivan added 21 points on the strength of 10-for-12 free-throw shooting and Adam Haluska contributed 18 points. Iowa State outrebounded the Bearcats 43-34 and turned the ball over just eight times.

Binghamton turned the ball over a season-low 11 times, and wound up shooting 36 percent for the game. The 56-point output was the team’s lowest since a 55-53 loss to Boston University on Jan. 26, 2002.

Tonight marked the first of four straight games that Binghamton will play against teams ranked in the top 100 of the Sagarin ratings, making this stretch of the schedule one of the toughest in team history. Next up is a game against Syracuse University next Saturday. Tip-off from the Carrier Dome is slated for 7 p.m.

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