Release: November 24, 2009
CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Host Western Carolina (3-1) used a 19-2 first-half run to take control and rolled over Binghamton (1-4) 73-44 in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic Tuesday night from the Ramsey Center. The loss was BU's fourth straight after opening the season with a win.
Both teams were sluggish out of the gate with WCU misfiring on 10 of its first 12 shots and BU not registering a single field goal for the game's first 9:14. Leading 10-6 halfway through the period, the Catamounts picked up their offense, using a 19-2 run to take control as the Bearcats continued to struggle offensively. Binghamton shot just 17% (3-for-18), turned the ball over 10 times and trailed 33-13 at intermission.
The Catamounts stretched their lead to as many as 34 points in the second half.
Junior forward Greer Wright scored a season-high and game-high 21 points. Wright drained 4-of-5 three-pointers and scored 17 of his points in the second half to produce the highest scoring total of the season for the Bearcats. Freshman guard Dylan Talley added 11 points.
"They pounded us on the boards in the first half," interm head coach Mark Macon said. "We played tough in the second half. This is a hard stretch with three games in three days. We will have a tough test tomorrow too."
Binghamton shot just 27% from the floor and committed 19 turnovers. WCU owned a 42-30 rebound advantage. The Catamounts pulled down 19 offensive rebounds - 14 coming in the first half.
Binghamton wraps up its tournament by playing Division II Arkansas-Monticello at 5 p.m. Wednesday night.
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