The Binghamton Bearcats were up 31-28 at halftime but faced torrid shooting from the Montana State Bobcats in the second half and dropped a 74-64 decision in the opening game of the Cancun Challenge in the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.  Binghamton falls to 1-4 while the Bobcats move to 3-2.  It was the first meeting ever between the two teams.

Binghamton shot 49 percent from the field and went 9-23 (39 percent) from beyond the arc but it was not enough as Montana State went 13-22 and 59 percent from the floor in the second 20 minutes including six for ten from three-point range to outscore BU 46-33 in the second half.  The Bobcats also were outstanding at the free-throw line making 14-15 attempts for a blistering 93 percent.

The Bobcats were led by Tyler Hall who missed their last game with an ankle injury.  He showed no ill effects in this contest as he scored a game-high 18 points.  Binghamton was led by Fard Muhammad who hit for 15 points making five three-point shots in 15 attempts.

The Bearcats will play Wednesday in the Mayan Division Consolation Round versus the loser of the Southeast Missouri versus Cal State Northridge contest.  Air is set for 12:15 for the 12:30 tip-off and can be heard on CBS Sports Radio 1360 AM and online at

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