Release:January 2, 2011
PHILADELPHIA -- Eight days, four hotels, and three games later, the Binghamton University men's basketball team closed out its 2010-11 non-conference schedule. The last game of the holiday-break road trip saw host La Salle (7-7) build a 31-point second-half lead and cruise to a 87-64 victory over Binghamton (3-10) Sunday afternoon from Tom Gola Arena.
Binghamton came out of the gates firing on all cylinders as they took a 15-12 lead thanks to a 10-0 run capped by a layup from senior guard Chretien Lukusa. The Bearcats started the game shooting 8-for-11 from the floor, but saw its final lead of the game, 20-19 with 12 minutes to play, following a Jimmy Gray traditional three-point play.
The Explorers took over the game after a 10-0 run late in the half gave them the 41-31 advantage. Four straight points by Greer Wright cut the deficit to six, but the Bearcats would get no closer as La Salle finished the half on a 8-0 run taking a 52-38 lead into the half.
Binghamton shot 54 percent from the floor in the first half, but was outrebounded 21-13. Turnovers were a major problem for the Bearcats as 10 BU giveaways led to 16 points for La Salle.
La Salle opened the second half where they left off going on 8-0 run to take a 22-point lead. From there the Explorers never looked back as they continued to extend their lead throughout the half. La Salle dominated the glass on both ends of the floor, outrebounding BU 44-23. The Explorers exploited the undersized BU team to the tune of 25 offensive rebounds, which led to 25 second chance points.
"We were unable to keep them off the boards," head coach Mark Macon said. "They got extra possessions and we helped them do so by turning the ball over...like I've been saying it's about possessions. There were a few bad bounces out there, but you have to continue to fight. It was obvious out there today that we were outsized and we've been playing that way all season. Our guys kept fighting though and I appreciate that."
Bingahmton's hot shooting went extremely cold in the second half making just seven baskets in the final 20 minutes. Wright led Binghamton with 20 points (5-of-11 shooting), 16 of which came in the first half. Senior Moussa Camara converted his second four-point play in as many games on his way to 12 points for the Bearcats.
La Salle put five guys in double figures led by junior guard Tyreek Duren, who poured in 18 points for the Explorers, including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
Binghamton is off until Saturday, Jan. 8 as they open America East play on the road against New Hampshire.
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