Immediate Release: October 31, 2006
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton men's basketball closed out the first half with a 14-0 run and opened the second half with a 14-5 run en route to a 79-64 exhibition game victory over Division II Mansfield Tuesday night from the Events Center.
Playing in front of a Halloween crowd of 2,672, the Bearcats forced 26 Mountaineer turnovers and used their size advantage to forge a 50-31 rebound margin. Binghamton trailed by as many as nine points midway through the first half before senior guard Troy Hailey (Hyattsville, Md.) led BU's charge. Hailey scored 10 of his team-high 15 points in the opening period and the Bearcats led by seven or more points throughout the second half.
"We're a work in progress," head coach Al Walker said. "I don't think we played very well. But we got our feet wet and it's good to get the season started. We have a tough game on Saturday against a very good St. Rose team."
"Jaan did a very nice job tonight," Walker said. "He was an active presence inside."
Mansfield freshman forward Jovoun Webb scored a game-high 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting.
Both teams struggled from beyond the arc, with Mansfield hitting 4-of-19 and Binghamton converting just 2-of-18 three-point attempts.
Binghamton hosts St. Rose in its second and final exhibition game on November 4.
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