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Bearcats Shock Big Red

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The Binghamton Bearcats men’s basketball team pulled off one of the biggest turnarounds in their history as they defeated the Cornell Big Red in Ithaca last night 89-79.  The Bearcats trailed by 13 at the half and as many as 19 points in the second half before roaring back to win 89-79.

The Cornell Big Red held the hot hand in the first half shooting 58% from the floor compared to just 30.8% for the Bearcats.  The second half was a different story as Binghamton scored the most points they ever have in one half…59 to overcome the deficit and post the victory.

Binghamton was paced by two freshmen and one sophomore.  That  trio accounted for 75 of the team’s 89 points.  Freshman guard Marlon Beck blistered the net for 27 points.  Nick Madray, another first-year performer, fired in 23 more.  Jordan Reed electrified the contingent of Bearcats’ fans on hand with a stellar performance with 25 points and 14 rebounds.  Reed was perfect at the foul line with an 11-11 showing.

It was the first Division I win for the Bearcats in 14 games stretching back into last season.  The victory put BU’s record versus Cornell at 3-6.  Next up the Bearcats entertain Navy at 2 PM Saturday (airtime 1:50 on News Radio 1290 WNBF).

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