Immediate Release: November 4, 2005
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton University men's basketball jumped out to a 21-point halftime lead and cruised past Mansfield, 94-71, in an exhibition game Friday night from the Events Center. A near capacity crowd of 4,663 was treated to a strong showing from the Bearcats, who received double-digit scoring from four players.
Senior guard Andre Heard (Oklahoma City, Okla.) scored the game's first 10 points and netted 14 of his 16 points in the first half as BU jumped out to a 13-1 lead and never looked back. Sophomore guard Mike Gordon (Plainfield, N.J.) scored 10 of his game-high 18 points in the first period, and wound up with eight assists and no turnovers. Sophomore forward Ian Milne (Winkler, Manitoba) and junior forward Duane James (Miami, Fla.) netted 12 points apiece. James added a team-high seven rebounds.
"It was a good opening game for us," head coach Al Walker said. "Mike (Gordon) was the engine out there. His growth as a player is as good as any player I've been around. I thought Ian (Milne) had a nice game. He demonstrated his potential as a shooter and low block scorer. Duane (James) had a lot of energy on the glass. I liked our defense in the first half."
In the opening half, BU shot 53% and limited the visiting Mounties to 7-of-20 shooting. In the second half, the lead swelled to as many as 28 points.
Mansfield was led by senior guard David Hoopes, who scored 14 points.
Binghamton plays its second and final exhibition game at 1 p.m. on November 12 against St. Rose.
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