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For Immediate Release:January 15, 2011
Contact: Terrence Lollie (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Shorthanded BU men's basketball beaten by Maine 77-51
Minus two key players, BU suffers first conference loss

Box score

ORONO, Maine -- Binghamton men's basketball (6-11, 3-1 AE) was defeated by Maine (10-7, 4-1 AE) 77-51 Saturday afternoon from Alfond Gym. The loss, BU's first in league play, snapped the team's three-game win streak and bumped them into second place in the standings behind the Black Bears.

Binghamton was short two regulars as leading scorer and first-team all-conference forward Greer Wright missed his third straight game with an ankle injury and junior center Kyrie Sutton missed the trip to Orono.

Senior forward Moussa Camara led all BU scorers with 14 points. Senior captain Chretien Lukusa contributed 10 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Bearcats.

Binghamton started out the game quickly taking a 14-8 lead, thanks to five early points from Camara. The Bearcats saw its last lead (16-14) immediately evaporate however, after a 5-0 Maine run. Following a Camara three to make the score 21-19, the Black Bears would outscore BU 22-9 over the final 9:52 of the first half. Maine shot 48 percent in the half to take a 15-point lead into the break.

"They (Maine) had balanced play and they got to the free throw line," head coach Mark Macon said. Maine had 11 trips to the line in the first half opposed to none by Binghamton. "We knew who we were facing and what they were but we still have to stay together."

The second half didn't get any better for BU as the Bearcats scored just eight points in the first ten minutes of the half. Binghamton shot just 27 percent for the half. Maine would stretch its lead to as many as 35 at one point, outrebounding Binghamton 43-34.

"Our guys played hard and I got a good effort out of them," Macon continued. "We just got beat by the better team today."

Maine senior Troy Barnies led the Black Bears with 21 points and nine rebounds. Gerald McLemore added 15 points for Maine.

Chretien Lukusa and Troy Barnies were named the America East Players of the Game.

Binghamton hosts Hartford Monday night at the Events Center. The game is being broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sports.

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