The victory snapped a three-game losing streak and evened the UB record to 5-5. Binghamton held an early 15-11 lead in the contest before . . .
The Bearcats scored the first four points of the second half to pull within 38-34 before the Bulls went on a 13-0 run over the next three minutes. The run was capped off on a three-point play by Conner, but it featured four different scorers over the run, including four points from Ikenna Smart and five points from Lamonte Bearden. The 51-34 advantage was UB's largest of the game.
Binghamton pulled back within seven at 58-51 with 11:48 left, but a 9-0 run by the Bulls extended the lead back to 67-51 with 7:23 left following a three from Conner. Binghamton again pulled within seven with 3:28 left, but those would be the Bearcats last points of the afternoon as UB scored the final nine points of the game.
"This was a much needed win for us coming off that last road trip and being on a three-game losing streak," said head coach Nate Oats. "I thought our guys came out, and we have been stressing transition offense, and did a better job today in transition. Blake was flirting with a triple-double there and he can be really good for us because he is such a matchup problem for other teams."
Massinburg had 17 points and five rebounds off the bench, going 6-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-4 from three-point range. Bearden had 14 points, four assists and four steals, while Conner added 12 points. Senior Jarryn Skeete finished with 10 points, three assists and two steals.
Hamilton filled up the stat sheet as he had eight points, nine rebounds, a career-high nine assists and four steals. The nine assists are the most by a UB player this season. Senior Rodell Wigginton came off the bench and finished with six points and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds.
Smart had six points, four rebounds and a blocked shot, while junior David Kadiri returned to action and finished with four points, four rebounds and a career-best three blocked shots in 12 minutes of action. Freshman Nick Perkins entered the starting lineup and had three points, three rebounds and a block.
The Bulls remain home next Saturday when they host Montana State at 2:00 pm. The game was rescheduled for this season after the two teams were set to play last year before the game was postponed.
(Courtesy of UB Athletics)