VESTAL, N.Y. - In front of a season-high 2,060 fans in West Gym, Binghamton (10-7, 5-2 AE) shot 50%, built a 14-point halftime lead and cruised past visiting New Hampshire (3-15, 1-5 AE), 82-71 in the America East Conference TV Game of the Week Sunday afternoon. The win, BU's fifth in the last six games, moves the team into a second place tie in the America East. The 10th overall win also surpasses last season's total of nine.
"It's great to be at home, and to play in front of a fantastic crowd," Binghamton head coach Al Walker said. "The atmosphere was tremendous."
The Bearcats were led by senior guard Anthony Green (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown), who scored a game-high 22 points. Green netted 14 of those in the opening half, when BU scord 12 of the game's first 15 points and limited the Wildcats to just four field goals en route to a 40-26 halftime margin.
In the second half, the Bearcats nailed seven three-pointers and shot 59% from the floor to thwart any New Hampshire comeback attempt. Junior Brandon Carter (McPherson, Kan.) scored all 11 of his points in the second period, and senior forward Jeffrey St. Fort (Miami, Fla./Monsignor Pace) netted 10 of his 13 during that half. St. Fort also pulled down a season-high nine rebounds.
"Jeffrey played very well today," Walker said of his senior all-star. "Brandon also is really shooting the ball."
For the game, BU nailed a season-high 12 three-pointers on 26 attempts (46%).
The Wildcats were led by freshman guard Shejdie Childs (Wynnewood, Pa./Friends Central), who made 13-of-14 free throws and scored 20 points. New Hampshire came back to shoot 54% in the second half, outscoring BU 45-42.
Binghamton next travels to Boston on Wednesday to face conference foe Northeastern.
"We're in second place right now, and this next stretch of games will determine how good we are," Walker said. "We're playing pretty well right now. We are in a position to go to Northeastern and compete."