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For Immediate Release: December 27, 2008
Contact: Matt Muzza (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU men's basketball holds off Tulane 74-73
Rivera scores game-high 24 points for Bearcats

Box score

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Junior guard D.J. Rivera, scored 24 points, 22 in the second half, to lead Binghamton (6-4) over Tulane (5-6) 74-73 on Saturday afternoon in Fogelman Arena. Binghamton, winners of five of its last seven, was victorious in its first-ever game against a Conference USA opponent.

With BU leading 65-64 with a little under two minutes remaining in the game, senior forward Dwayne Jackson netted a three pointer and then followed with a tip-in to create a six-point advantage for BU at 70-64. Rivera then netted four free throws down the stretch and sophomore center Theo Davis made a key two-hand rejection on a Tulane layup in the waning seconds of the game.

Tulane's Kevin Sims hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to pull Tulane within a point, but the game was in hand.

"Coming on the road and beating a Conference USA team is not easy," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "Our guys stuck together in the second half. They played together and grinded it out until the end."

In a tightly contested first half, the Bearcats found themselves trailing 18-13 nine minutes into game. The Bearcats then orchestrated a 13-4 run to take a 26-22 lead, their largest of the half, with six and a half minutes remaining. Tulane then found their shooting touch from beyond the arc, dropping four three pointers over the next four minutes to reclaim the lead, 36-32.

Just before the half, junior guard Malik Alvin converted a fast break layup and an ensuing free throw to send the Bearcats into the locker room, down 36-35. Alvin scored a game-high 12 first half points.

Rivera shot 10-of-12 from the foul line and added eight rebounds to his game-high 24 points. Alvin scored 14 points while dishing out six assists and grabbing five steals. Jackson finished his night with 13 points, five of which came in the critical final minutes of the game.

Senior forward Daniel Puckett scored a team-high 20 points for Tulane.

Binghamton will return home for a meeting with Marist on Tuesday. The game will be the fourth in 11 days for the Bearcats.

NOTES
Rivera has scored 20 or more points in a school-record five consecutive games and eight times in 10 games this season ... Freshman center Kyrie Sutton posted career-highs of eight rebounds and three blocks for Binghamton

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