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For Immediate Release: February 18, 2009
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Binghamton men's basketball wins 62-44 at Hartford
Bearcats win sixth straight game; extend win total to 18

Box score

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Visiting Binghamton (18-8, 11-3 AE) led from start to finish and closed the game with a 14-2 run to earn a 62-44 victory over Hartford (6-22, 2-12 AE) Wednesday night from Chase Arena. The win was BU's record-tying sixth straight and moved the Bearcats closer to capturing the program's first-ever America East regular-season title. Wins in the team's final two regular-season games - both at home - would give BU the top-seed for the conference tournament.

Junior guard Emanuel Mayben led three players in double figures with a game-high 15 points. He reached double figures for the fifth straight game. Junior guard D.J. Rivera produced his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds and senior forward Reggie Fuller added 10 points.

Despite only making six field goals in the second half, the Hawks trimmed their deficit to six, 48-42, with 8:18 left. But BU responded with the 14-2 run and didn't allow another Harftford field goal the rest of the way.

"Hartford had a great game plan and never gave up," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "We made some shots against their zone and were fortunate. We were sloppy in spurts but pulled away at the right time."

In the first half, BU hit 6-of-10 to start, jumped out to an 11-3 lead and led throughout the half. Mayben (11 pts.) and Rivera (9 pts., 4 assists) led the charge, staking the Bearcats to a 36-28 margin at intermission.

The Bearcats host New Hampshire Sunday afternoon at the Events Center.

NOTES
Mayben and Michael Turner were named America East Players of the Game... The six-game win streak ties the school-record (D-I) set earlier in the season... BU has won eight of its last nine games... The 18 wins extends the school record... The team finished its conference road slate with a 6-2 record, equaling the best mark in its eight-year America East history. The 2005-06 team went 6-2 on the road en route to a 12-4 overall AE record... Sophomore forward Moussa Camara missed his second straight game for family reasons... The game was broadcast on both NESN and Time Warner Cable Sports.

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