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|Green's career-high 32 points leads BU past St. Francis 74-62|
VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior guard Anthony Green (Philadelphia, Pa./International) scored 23 of his career- and game-high 32 points in the second half as Binghamton (6-6) stretched a nine-point halftime lead and defeated visiting St. Francis (N.Y.) (3-7), 74-62 Tuesday night from West Gym.
Green, Binghamton's leading scorer, hit double figures for the 12th consecutive game this season, nailing 9-of-15 shots, including 5-of-8 from the three-point range. He scored six points during a 12-3 BU run that extended a tenuous 50-45 lead with 8:30 to play to a 62-48 lead with 4:14 remaining. He then sank eight free throws in the final 1:17 to seal the victory. The 32-point performance was BU's highest since senior forward Jeffrey St. Fort scored 32 points against Lock Haven on December 28, 2000.
"It was a good effort tonight," BU head coach Al Walker said. "We thought we could beat them off the dribble, and we did what we had to do. Anthony had a strong game - he really shot it well. I think we are starting to establish outselves as a good basketball team."
The game was tied 11-11 with 12:12 remaining in the first half when the Bearcats embarked on an 12-0 run that spanned six minutes.
Binghamton 7-foot center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) blocked eight shots to break the school record for career blocks just midway through his sophomore season. Billings now has 130 blocks, breaking the old mark of 126, set by Division III standout Jeff Merrill (1990-94). Billings also chipped in nine rebounds and five points.
Senior guard Charles Baker (Missouri City, Kan.) scored 10 points.
St. Francis was led by senior guard Bronski Dockery (New York, N.Y./Rice), who had 21 points. Senior forward Cliff Strong (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin) totalled 17 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.
The Bearcats return to conference play this Saturday, hosting Stony Brook at 1 p.m.
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