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For Immediate Release: November 19, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball defeated by George Washington 71-57
Rivera records second straight double-double with 20 pts., 10 rebs.

Box score

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- George Washington (2-0) continued its home court dominance with a 71-57 win over visiting Binghamton (1-1) Wednesday night from the Smith Center. The Colonials are 36-5 at home over the last four seasons.

Noel Wilmore led three GW players in double figures with 16 points.

GW built a 12-point halftime cushion and then held the Bearcats without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the second half, stretching its lead to as many as 25 points. Playing without sharpshooting wing Sean Watson, BU struggled from the perimeter against their Atlantic 10 hosts, shooting just 31%.

In a physical game that featured 49 fouls, the Colonials contested every Bearcat shot, repeatedly sending BU to the free throw line, where the Bearcats' struggles continued with a 19-of-32 (59.4 %) performance.

Junior guard D.J. Rivera continued to pace BU's offense with game-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds. It was Rivera's second straight double-double.

Senior forward Dwayne Jackson produced 20 points and seven rebounds and junior point guard Emanuel Mayben added 11 points and a game-high six assists.

"I have a lot of respect for Coach Hobbs and his program," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "They had an answer for everything we threw at them tonight. We never quit but GW's execution was excellent. The better team won."

The Bearcats trailed 11-2 to open the game before Jackson and Rivera began to heat up. Jackson sparked a 7-0 run with a three-pointer and 15-foot jumper and Rivera soared for a high-flying alley-oop dunk and then drained a three-pointer from the corner to cut BU's deficit to two, 20-18 with 8:57 to play in the half.

But Binghamton managed just one field goal the rest of the half (1-for-10) and GW closed out the period with an 18-8 run that was aided by 12 free throws.

Binghamton next travels to play Central Connecticut State on November 25.

NOTES
Undersized BU outrebounded GW 46-31 ... Head coach Kevin Broadus served as an assistant coach at GW from 2001-04.

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