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For Immediate Release: December 23, 2008
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball surges past Rider in second half 69-58
Rivera posts double-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds

Box score

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Junior guard D.J. Rivera, the leading scorer in the America East (20.8 ppg.), pumped in 22 points to spark Binghamton (5-4) to a 69-58 win over visiting Rider (6-4) Tuesday night from the Events Center. The win was BU's fourth in their last six games.

Rivera, who added a game-high 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season, netted 17 of those points after intermission, keying a decisive 22-4 Bearcats run.

The Bearcats trailed 43-38 with 13:57 remaining before Rivera took over. He scored seven straight points to give BU the lead for good. Junior guard Malik Alvin and senior forward Dwayne Jackson nailed three-pointers and Rivera added two more buckets to cap the 22-4 run that gave Binghamton a 60-47 cushion with 5:03 left. Rider drew no closer than seven in the closing minutes.

Sophomore forward Moussa Camara scored all 13 of his points in the first half, and Alvin (12 pts.), senior forward Reggie Fuller (11 pts.) and Jackson (10 pts.) also reached double figures. Jackson scored his 10 points in the second half.

"Our role players had very good games tonight," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "Moussa (Camara) played his brains out. Dwayne Jackson had another very good and D.J. Rivera was phenomenal."

Camara caught fire in the first half, rallying BU from 12 down to a 32-30 lead at the break. He keyed a 20-6 Bearcats run to end the half with 13 points in a 6:03 span. Rider led 24-12 with 8:12 left in the half before Camara rattled off 10 consecutive points on a pair of threes, a free throw and then a three-point play.

Binghamton shot 54% in the second half and held the Broncs 14 points under their season scoring average with a suffocating defense.

Binghamton next travels to New Orleans for an away tilt Saturday at Conference USA member Tulane. The game will be third in a four-games-in-11 days stretch for the Bearcats.

NOTES
Rivera was BU's America East Player of the Game. He now has scored 20 or more points in a school-record four consecutive games and seven times in nine games as a Bearcat... Rider returned four starters from a 23-win team of a year ago. The Broncs were picked to finish third in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

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