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For Immediate Release: February 8, 2004
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

Maine rolls past Bearcats 84-51

Box Score

ORONO, Maine - Host Maine (14-7, 8-4 America East) opened up a 20-point halftime lead and cruised past Binghamton (10-13, 6-6 AE) in an America East game Sunday afternoon from Alfond Arena. The Black Bears shot 51% from the floor and limited the Bearcats to a season-low 29%, dealing Binghamton its worst conference loss at the Division I level.

The Black Bears led 19-18 with 6:20 remaining in the first half before closing out the period on a 22-3 run, punctuated with a pair of three-pointers in the final 46 seconds. Maine then opened the second half with seven straight points, and the rout was on. The hosts stretched their lead to as many as 39 points before both teams cleared their benches.

"We obviously didn't play well," head coach Al Walker said. "Maine had much more energy than us today. They have such great guards, and we thought we had good matchups inside, but we didn't play well in the low post."

Maine put six players in double figures, led by sophomore guard Kevin Reed, who nailed 4-of-6 three-pointers en route to a game-high 19 points. For the first time this season, Binghamton had no players reach double-figures. Junior center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) and freshman guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) each tallied nine points. The Bearcats hit their first three three-pointers, but then misfired on their final 17 attempts, going just 3-for-20 from beyond the arc (15%).

Binghamton returns home to host Albany Wednesday at 7 p.m. from the Events Center. The Bearcats will now play four of their final six regular-season games at home.

NOTES:
The Bearcats are now 0-3 all-time at Maine's Alfond Arena and now remain winless at four conference sites (Boston, Vermont, Hartford and Maine), going a combined 0-12 ... Binghamton is now 2-10 when trailing at the half ... The home team has won the last five games in the Maine series ... The 33-point was BU's worst conference defeat in three seasons, eclipsing the 25-point loss against Hartford on February 17, 2002 ... It also was the worst loss of the season and worst since a 36-point defeat at Syracuse on December 14, 2002 ... The team's 51-point offensive performance was the second-straight (51 at Vermont) and marked the seventh time the Bearcats were held under 55 points this season ... Maine's 84 points were 21 points higher than BU's defense averages this season, and the output was the highest of any BU opponent this season (Kansas and Idaho State each scored 78) ... Binghamton's 29% shooting was the worst in 23 games this season (team shot 29.3% at Kansas) ... Senior guard Brandon Carter (McPherson, Kan.) recorded a steal - the 15th consecutive game he has picked up at least one steal.

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