Release: November 10, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior center Kyrie Sutton took advantage of his size in the post to the tune of 21 points and 19 rebounds and Binghamton held off visiting East Stroudsburg 67-58 in an exhibition game Wednesday night from the Events Center.
Sutton, who enjoyed a considerable size advantage at 6-foot-9, had 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in the opening period as BU staked out a 28-19 lead. The Division II Warriors trimmed their deficit to six, 38-32, early in the second half before a modest 7-0 run restored the Bearcats' double-digit margin. East Stroudsburg drew no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
"We played well for parts of the game," head coach Mark Macon said. "It's a learning process. We need to be tougher with the ball, have fewer turnovers and keep guys off the glass ... but we made our free throws at the end. We did some good things early but I think our guys got winded."
Macon played just eight players with all five starters logging 30+ minutes. Senior forward Mahamoud Jabbi and senior guard Chretien Lukusa scored 13 points apiece with Lukusa netting 10 after halftime. Senior forward Greer Wright chipped in nine points, seven assists and five steals in 36 minutes but attempted just six shots - the fewest of BU's starters.
"We have to fine tune the offense," Macon said. "We weren't relaxed and it was frustrating at times. We had some careless turnovers and we were rushing out there. But we will get better. Our starters played significant minutes because I wanted to see if they could weather the storm."
That storm was an ESU team that outrebounded BU (39-35), had fewer turnovers (16-17) and launched 13 more shots - usually a recipe for victory.
The Bearcats broke away from an 11-11 tie at the 11:39 mark of the first half with a 12-0 run that featured three-pointers by Lukusa and sophomore guard Jimmy Gray plus three points from Sutton. A three-point play from Wright with 3:17 left gave the Bearcats a 26-13 buldge before ESU narrowed it by scoring six of the final eight points of the first half.
East Stroudsburg was led by Mike Tobin, who produced 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bearcats open their season Saturday night at Colgate.
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