For Immediate Release: November 17, 2008
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BU men's basketball runs past Mansfield 80-62 in season opener
High-flying Rivera sparkles in debut with 28 points, 10 rebounds

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VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior guard D.J. Rivera poured in a game-high 28 points and Binghamton overcame a horrendous night from the free throw line to post an 80-62 win over visiting Mansfield in the team's season opener Monday at the Events Center. Playing in front of 3,461 fans, BU shot 52% from the floor but missed 21 free throws (16-for-37) to keep the Division II Mounties within striking distance.

In his first game after transferring from St. Joseph's University, Rivera was exceptional around the rim. He hit 11-of-20 field goals and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to post a double-double. He threw down four alley-oop dunks in the second half alone, when he tallied 20 of his 28 points. Rivera, the America East Player of the Game, recorded the highest scoring total of any Bearcats player in a debut.

The Bearcats missed 5-of-6 shots to start the game and led just 16-14 with 10:36 to play in the half. But a 12-2 run opened up a double-figure margin and BU took a 35-24 lead into the break.

In the second half, Mansfield trimmed its deficit to eight, 46-38, with 14:22 to play before a 13-6 BU run restored a double-digit margin. Junior point guard Emanuel Mayben had five points and Rivera added four during the run. The Bearcats led by at least 11 points the rest of the way.

"Our guys didn't play with intensity tonight," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "We were awful from the free throw line. The thing I tell these guys is you can't play to your competition. I'm not happy with the way we played. I'll take the win but it was just not a good game for us. If we want to be at the top of the league we have to play better than that."

Mayben made 5-of-7 shots and scored 16 points with seven assists. Senior forward Reggie Fuller contributed 12 points, six rebounds and three blocks and senior forward Dwayne Jackson added 10 points.

Binghamton travels to Washington, D.C. to face Atlantic 10 member George Washington at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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