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Men's basketball sharp in 89-70 exhibition win over Upstate AAU

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VESTAL, N.Y. - Senior guard Anthony Green (Philadelphia, Pa./International) scored a game-high 23 points and Binghamton built an 18-point halftime bulge en route to an 89-70 victory over Upstate AAU in an exhibition game Saturday in West Gym.

Green scored 10 of his 23 points in the first 11 minutes as BU opened up a 31-8 lead. Freshman forward Sebastian Hermenier (Rockville, Md./Maret School) scored 10 of his 16 points during that run, and senior forward Stanley Ocitti (Cambridge, Mass./International) added seven of his nine points in that span as well.

The Bearcats shot 58% (22-of-38) during the first half, and took a commanding 50-32 lead into intermission. Both teams cooled off from the field in the second period, with BU (35%) adding one point to its margin over Upstate AAU (30%).

"It was an excellent first competition," BU head coach Al Walker said. "Our depth paid off as we had hoped. And our defense that we've been working on was strong and effective."

Seven-foot sophomore center Nick Billings (Kodiak, Alaska) contributed nine points, nine rebounds and five blocks. Hermenier, whose freshman season was wiped out last winter with a stress fracture, looked particularly sharp on Sunday. He converted 6-of-7 shots from the field, and added seven rebounds in 17 minutes of work.

"It was terrific to have Sebastian on the floor again," Walker added. "I also thought Stanley played well. And it was great experience for our new players."

The Bearcats maintained a 55-42 edge on the boards.

Binghamton will host Bloomsburg University in its final exhibition game next Sunday, November 17. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. from West Gym.

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