Release: September 14, 2009
VESTAL, N.Y. -- As the defending league champions, Binghamton men's basketball will be wearing a green and black target on its uniforms for the 2009-10 season. But the Bearcats will have the benefit of welcoming back the bulk of their key contributors from a record-breaking 23-9 team of a year ago.
Head Coach Kevin Broadus returns four starters and eight letterwinners from his championship 23-9 squad of last season. That team captured the America East regular season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Binghamton was ranked No. 22 in the final CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll and held a final RPI of 88 out of 343 Division I programs.
Leading the returnees are senior all-conference guards D.J. Rivera and Tiki Mayben, who combined for more than 31 points per game last season. Rivera tallied 20.0 ppg. and was a Mid-Major All-American. Mayben (11.5 ppg., 4.7 apg.) ran the offense from the point and joined Rivera on the America East second team. Two other starters, Malik Alvin (11.5 ppg.) and defensive standout Chretien Lukusa (25 mpg.) return to the fold.
Broadus bolstered the lineup with nine newcomers - seven of whom will be eligible for the 2009-10 season. Having to replace graduated all-conference forward Reggie Fuller, BU brought in three post players. Highlighting the group is bulky junior college standout Paul Crosby (6-foot-8, 265), who averaged 10.2 points and 5.8 rebounds for Navarro College (Texas). Junior forward Greer Wright and 6-foot-9 freshman center Pina Guillaume will also add talent and depth.
With three starting seniors this year and an eye on the 2010-11 season, BU added two high-level transfers who will sit out this season. Corey Chandler came from Rutgers and Kraidon Woods played at Arizona State. Both will be eligible as juniors in 2010-11.
Aside from Fuller's departure, junior guard Brandon Herbert has transferred to Division II West Chester for family reasons. Former walk-on guard Matt Mullins also transferred to nearby Broome Community College.
After hosting Holy Family College in an exhibition game on November 10, BU will welcome Bloomsburg in its season-opener November 14 at the Events Center.
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