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For Immediate Release: March 7, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball players Gordon, Trifunovic named all-stars
Gordon named to America East second team, all-defense; Trifunovic third team

America East Release

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton men's basketball had two representatives on the America East All-Conference squads, the league announced Friday at its Awards Banquet. Senior guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) was selected to the second team and the all-defensive team and sophomore forward Lazar Trifunovic (Belgrade, Serbia) received third team all-conference honors.

Gordon, who has been the unequivocal leader of Binghamton's program for the last two+ years, is averaging 12.1 points, 3.9 assists and 2.2 steals this season. He leads the league and ranks 24th in the nation in steals, and is sitting on 1,000 career points entering the America East tournament. Already the program's career leader in assists (401) and steals (209), Gordon will make his 102nd consecutive start on Saturday, a testament to his toughness and durability.

"Mike is all quality," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "He brings it every day and is a very good floor general out there. We need to go find five Mike Gordons."

It is the third straight season Gordon was chosen for the five-man all-defensive team. He also was a second team all-conference pick last season, and before that was a third-team choice in 2005-06.

Trifunovic battled through a late-season injury to earn a spot on the all-star team. Binghamton's leading scorer (14.1 ppg.) and rebounder (7.1 rpg.), Trifunovic has produced eight double-doubles this season and has scored 20 or more points five times in 2007-08. He was an all-rookie selection last season.

"Laz brings scoring to the low post," Broadus said. "He presents a tough matchup for opponents because he can play inside and outside. It changes a lot of things when he's not in there."

Trifunovic has missed two of the last three games and his availability for the tournament is in question.

Fifth-seeded Binghamton, which is hosting the first three rounds of the tournament at the Events Center, begins its postseason march with a quarterfinal matchup against fourth-seeded Vermont at 2:30 on Saturday.

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