Saturday, January 9, 2010

Black Bears (8-6, 0-1) at Binghamton (6-10, 1-0)

Sunday, Jan. 10, 2 p.m.
Events Center, Vestal, N.Y.

Rocked by dismissals and an on-going state of New York investigation into its basketball program, Binghamton just might be the surprise of the America East season at this point.

With many predicting doom and gloom since Malik Alvin, D.J. Rivera and Tiki Mayben were kicked off the team and coach Kevin Broadus was suspended, the Bearcats have acquited themselves quite nicely. Interim coach Mark Macon has led the team to a victory over LaSalle and then an America East opening win at rival Albany in the past two games.

After three straight wins, the Black Bears stumbled in its AE opener at home, shooting 30 percent on their way to a loss to Vermont.

F- Greer Wright, 6-7, junior (13.0 points, 5.7 rebounds)
F - Moussa Camara, 6-5, junior (8.8 points)
G - Dylan Talley, 6-5, freshman (10.4 points)
G - Chretien Lukusa, 6-2, junior (8.6 points, 5.1 rebounds)

Talley, the team's point guard, is expected to miss his third straight game with a thigh contusion. ... Camara and Lukasa played supporting roles during the Bearcats run to the AE title and the NCAA bid last year. Thrust into starring roles, along with Wright, they are playing with motivation. Against LaSalle, 6-9 freshman center Pina Guillaume scored a career high 19 points.

Black Bears

UMaine must find more efficiency on the offensive end while continuing its strong defensive efforts. The Black Bears have scored fewer than 60 points in eight of their 14 games. ... The Events Center is a tough venue for opposing teams and the Bearcats' win over the A-10's LaSalle and subsequent triumph at Albany should put the Black Bears on high alert. An 0-2 start to the America East season is not what UMaine had on its mind. ... Black Bears have lost five straight to Binghamton and trail the all-time series, 12-6.

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