Immediate Release: December 29, 2003
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Amid an electric college basketball atmosphere, Binghamton (4-6) succumbed to No. 12 Kansas, 78-46, Monday night. A sellout crowd of 16,300 roared as the Jayhawks (7-2) opened the game with a 21-2 run and never relented.
"Kansas did a great job of making shots early and we didn't," head coach Al Walker said. "Our offense wasn't able to knock down shots, though Kansas obviously plays outstanding defense. Any time you step out of your comfort zone (scheduling Kansas), you are taking a risk. I just wish we could've been more competitive tonight."
Playing back in his home state, senior guard Brandon Carter (McPherson, Kan.) led BU with 14 points - the lone Bearcats player in double figures. Introduced to a warm reception, Carter hit 3-of-4 three-pointers and collected three steals in 35 minutes of work.
Kansas shot 50% in the first half, rolling up a 33-14 margin at the break. The Bearcats actually made one more field goal than their hosts over the final 20 minutes, but the Jayhawks sank 19-of-21 free throws to stretch the margin even further.
With at least a half-dozen NBA scouts in attendance, junior center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) was limited to eight points in 17 minutes. Billings picked up three first-half fouls, including two in a nine-second span, and played just six minutes in the opening period. The nation's number two shot blocker last season, Billings was held without a block for the first time in 54 games dating back to his freshman campaign.
The Bearcats return home Friday night to face America East favorite Vermont at West Gym. It is the conference opener for both teams, and the the first of three straight home games for Binghamton.
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