Immediate Release: January 7, 2004
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton (5-8, 1-1 AE) opened the second half with a decisive 16-2 run to earn the team's first America East Conference win of the season with a 60-46 victory over visiting Maine (8-4, 2-1 AE) Wednesday night at West Gym.
The Bearcats built a 31-25 halftime edge before storming out of the gates in the second half. Junior forward Billy Williams (Milwaukee, Wis.) nailed a three-pointer 12 seconds after intermission, and BU nailed two more three-pointers and received points from five different players during the big run, which spanned 5:50. The team held Maine to just six field goals in the second period, and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the half.
"It was a great win for us because we had been struggling a bit," head coach Al Walker said. "We did a better job on the defensive glass and had a nice flurry of offense. We also did a great job shot challenging on the perimeter."
Williams and junior forward Alex Adediran (Covington, Ga.) scored 10 points apiece for Binghamton. Williams added six rebounds, four steals and three assists. Adediran hit on 4-of-5 and pulled down nine rebounds, narrowly missing his first double-double of the season. Junior center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) chipped in nine points and seven rebounds.
Maine was led by senior guard Eric Dobson and junior guard Chris Markwood, who each had 11 points.
The Bearcats enjoyed a 21-8 first-half command on the glass against a Maine team that entered the game with a +6.5 rebound margin - best in the conference. The final margin was 46-24 for Binghamton.
Binghamton next travels to Boston to meet defending conference champion Boston University on Saturday. The game is the first of five televised games for the Bearcats this season, and can be seen locally on NBC affiliate WBGH, as well as regional cable outlets NESN, Empire and Fox Sports New York. Tip-off time is noon.
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