The Binghamton Bearcats men's basketball team practiced today at LIU Brooklyn in preparation for Friday's game vs. the Blackbirds at noon at the Barclays Center, the home of the Brooklyn Nets.  It is the first time the BU men will play in an NBA facility.

Binghamton players and coach Tommy Dempsey are excited for the opportunity and hopeful that the hard work and momentum from the Notre Dame game carry over into the game vs. the Blackbirds.  Binghamton had a legitimate chance to pull off an upset at the Joyce Center on Tuesday night.  The Fighting Irish shot just 26 percent from the field in the first half and struggled from beyond the arc throughout the game going just 5-21 for just under 24 percent.

Rebounding and poor three-point shooting did the self-inflicted damage to the Bearcsats.  The larger Fighting Irish snared 47 rebounds compared to 34 for the Bearcats.  Offensively Binghamton managed just six boards while the Fighting Irish grabbed 15.  The Bearcats also found long-range shooting difficult going just 6-28 for 21 percent in the game.

Friday's opponents are 4-7 and in their last game fell to Stony Brook 83-79.  In previous meetings the Bearcats hold a 3-2 edge.  However, last year at the Events Center, LIU Brooklyn won by a final score of 74-66.  Friday's game is a noon start and will be aired on CBS 1360 AM WYOS beginning at 11:45 A.M.