Men’s basketball concludes non-conference schedule with loss at LaSalleTweet
Eight days, four hotels and three games later, the Binghamton University men’s basketball team closed out its 2010-11 non-conference schedule. The last game of the holiday-break road trip saw host La Salle build a 31-point second-half lead and cruise to a 87-64 victory over Binghamton on Jan. 2, from Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia.
Binghamton (3-10) came out of the gates firing, taking a 15-12 lead thanks to a 10-0 run capped by a layup from senior guard Chretien Lukusa. The Bearcats started the game shooting 8-for-11 from the floor, but saw their final lead of the game, 20-19 with 12 minutes to play, following a Jimmy Gray traditional three-point play.
The Explorers (7-7) took over the game after a 10-0 run late in the half gave them the 41-31 advantage. Four straight points by Greer Wright cut the deficit to six, but the Bearcats would get no closer as La Salle finished the half on a 8-0 run, taking a 52-38 lead into the half.
Binghamton shot 54 percent from the floor in the first half, but was out-rebounded 21-13. Turnovers were a major problem for the Bearcats as 10 giveaways led to 16 points for La Salle.
La Salle opened the second half where they left off, going on 8-0 run to take a 22-point lead. From there the Explorers never looked back as they continued to extend their lead throughout the half. La Salle dominated the glass on both ends of the floor, out-rebounding Binghamton, 44-23.
“We were unable to keep them off the boards,” head coach Mark Macon said. “They got extra possessions and we helped them do so by turning the ball over ... like I’ve been saying it’s about possessions. There were a few bad bounces out there, but you have to continue to fight. It was obvious out there today that we were outsized and we’ve been playing that way all season. Our guys kept fighting though and I appreciate that.”
Wright led Binghamton with 20 points (5-of-11 shooting), 16 of which came in the first half. Senior Moussa Camara converted his second four-point play in as many games on his way to 12 points for the Bearcats.