Wildcats Fall to 0-2 in America East Conference Play With 67-38 Loss to Binghamton

VESTAL, N.Y. - The University of New Hampshire men's basketball team fell to the Binghamton Bearcats 67-38, Thursday night at the Binghamton University Events Center.

Nick Madray paced Binghamton (3-12, 1-1 AE) with 21 points on 8 of 9 shooting, including 4-for-4 from downtown. Marlon Beck (11 points) and Jordan Reed (10 points) also finished with double-digits for the Bearcats

Sophomore Frank Okeke (DeSoto, Texas) led the way for UNH (2-13, 0-2 AE) with eight points. Tommy McDonnell (Dover, N.H.) added five points, five rebounds, three assists, and a career-high three steals.

Binghamton got off to a hot start, opening the game on a 16-2 run. Roland Brown started it off for the Bearcats when he collected an offensive rebound and finished a putback. Magnus Richards followed with two free throws before Jordan Reed hit a layup of his own. Patrick Konan (Gainesville, Fla.) hit a layup for UNH's first two points, but Nick Madray scored the next seven for Binghamton to put them up 14 points.

Okeke got UNH back on the board when he nailed a three-pointer from the left side, but Binghamton responded with the next four points before Okeke hit a jumper from the elbow.

The Bearcats closed the half on a 15-8 run to take a 35-15 lead into halftime. Madray led Binghamton with 12 points in the first stanza on 5 of 6 shooting. Marlon Beck added eight points for the Bearcats. Okeke led the Wildcats with five points in the first period.

Binghamton began the second half on a 23-8 run to extend its lead to 35 points and put the game out of reach for UNH.

The Wildcats return to Lundholm Gym on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m when it plays host to America East Rival UMBC. For tickets, visit www.unhwildcats.com or call (603) 862-4000, extension 5.

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