The Binghamton Bearcats came into Mohegan Sun Arena looking for a win. With their record at 1-2, they needed the win to balance everything out. They started the Naismith Hall of Fame Tip Off with Notre Dame and Providence. Manhattan couldn't be so bad, could they?
The game started out relatively okay for the Bearcats. They scored the first points of the game when Willie Rodriguez made a free throw. Unfortunately they would never be able to take the lead again.
The first half was plagued with foul trouble for Binghamton. Then went into the locker rooms with 14 fouls in the first half. The Jaspers were able to take advantage of the free throws, and their 28-57 shooting didn't hurt either.
"I thought we fought really hard against a very good team." said Head Coach Tommy Dempsey
Binghamton's starting five were all underclassman. Actually, most of the team is underclassman. Rodriguez made a name for himself though, with 23 points by the end of the game. That performance should give the freshman the confidence to step up. The other two top scorers were Marlon Beck II and Justin McFadden, a sophomore and freshman respectively, ended the game with 10 points each.
But there's always a downfall for having such a young team. They make silly mistakes and only have 3 games of collegiate ball under their belts.
The only good thing that Dempsey had to say about the game is that they still have a chance to go 1-1 with the tournament. The Bearcats won't know their opponents until the end of the next game, but they have either Northeastern or Navy.