The Binghamton Bearcats men's basketball team fully understands the task at hand Saturday night when they face the America East's regular season champion Stony Brook Seawolves in a quarter-final game in the conference's post-season tournament in Albany.

The Bearcats dropped both regular season games to Stony Brook.  The Seawolves defeated Binghamton at the Events Center 62-37 and also won their home game 73-47 at Pritchard Gymnasium on Long Island.  The Seawolves captured the AE crown with a 14-2 slate.  The only conference foes to hand Stony Brook a loss this season are Vermont and Hartford.  Both of those losses came on the road.

Binghamton comes in as the number 8 seed and has lost 10 straight.  The last Bearcats' victory came in Orono, Maine when Jimmy Gray scored a three-point basket with 2 seconds left to give BU a 57-56 decision on January 19.

BU is led in scoring by potential AE Rookie of the Year Jordan Reed who is averaging 16.7 points per game, a fraction of a point behind Maine's Justin Edwards in the race for the conference scoring championship.  Jimmy Gray is averaging 10.5 ppg.  Reed also leads the conference in rebounding with 9.6 per game.

The Seawolves have a two-pronged inside attack with AE Player of the Year candidate Tommy Brenton and outstanding rookie Jameel Warney. The two combine for a total of 15 rebounds per game.  Warney leads Stony Brook in scoring with 12.2 ppg.  Anthony Jackson and Dave Coley both average better than 10 points per outing and give the Seawolves potent offense on the perimeter

Gametime Saturday is  6:00 PM (5:50 airtime on News Radio 1290 WNBF).  The winner advances to the semi-final round Sunday at the SEFCU Arena in Albany.  The championship game will be played Saturday, March 16 at the home of the higher remaining seed.