For Immediate Release: January 10, 2009
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Binghamton men's basketball falls on road to Utah Valley 80-70
Bearcat's school-record six-game winning streak comes to an end

Box score

OREM, UTAH -- Visting Binghamton (10-5) dropped a 80-70 decision to Utah Valley (8-6) Saturday evening at the McKay Center. Binghamton, who is already 3-0 in the America East, has now played its final non-conference opponent of the season.

Utah Valley went on a 13-6 run late in the second half to pull away from Binghamton at 74-63. The Wolverines were led by Ryan Toolson, the nation's fifth leading scorer, who poured in 21 points. Toolson was 10-of-10 from the free throw line. Teammate Justin Baker added 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the floor and Jordan Swarbrick contributed 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for Utah Valley.

"Our guys played as hard as they could for 40 minutes," head coach Kevin Broadus said. "Coach Hunsaker has a good team and Toolson is a good player and they played better than us tonight"

Junior guards D.J. Rivera and Emanuel Mayben each scored 17 points for Binghamton.

BU was outrebounded in the game 38-25, and shot only 50 percent from the free throw line.

Utah Valley was able to take a 41-37 lead into half time on the strength of 57 percent shooting from the floor. The Wolverines largest lead of the first half came with 2:09 when they held a 37-31 edge after Binghamton was called for goaltending. Mayben's three point shooting kept Binghamton in the game in the opening period, as he shot 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

Utah Valley outrebounded BU 20-12 in the first half while also showing a couple of different zones on the defensive end that proved to slow down the Bearcat offense.

Binghamton will next travel to Albany to resume conference play on Wednesday.

The loss snapped a school-record six-game winning streak for BU ... Binghamton finishes their non-conference play with a 7-5 record ... Mayben has scored in double-figures in six straight games ... 10 different players scored for BU

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