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Bearcats finish opening weekend winless

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  Host Brown stretched an eight-point halftime lead with a 13-4 run to open the second half and the Bears (1-0) pinned a 74-57 loss on Binghamton (0-2) Sunday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center. Binghamton shot 30% and could get no closer than seven in the final period.
The outside-inside tandem of Sean McGonagill (22 pts.) and Rafael Maia (14 rebs., 9 pts.) did the most damage for the Bears, who shot 44% and aided their cause with nine steals and seven blocks.

They beat us up inside, head coach Tommy Dempsey said. The early foul trouble hurt us ... we became very small out there. It was hard to contain their bigs and its something we have to address. I thought we did a good job of coming back in the second half but we got a little tired and they made some big shots off screens. When we made defensive mistakes they made us pay.

Down 37-29 at the break, BU missed seven of its first nine shots to open the second half and Brown capitalized on its post play to build its margin. The Bears extended their lead to 50-33 with 15:12 left and BU couldnt mount an extended offensive run with just eight field goals over the final 20 minutes. Brown only made two field goals over the final 8:22 but it was enough to keep the Bearcats at bay.

Sophomore guard Jordan Reed grabbed a team-high 13 rebounds but struggled to 2-of-16 shooting (8 pts.) two days after hitting 7-of-12 from the floor. Freshman guard Marlon Beck II led the Bearcats with 13 points. Classmate Yosef Yacob added 12 points and freshman forward Nick Madray chipped in nine points.

The Bearcats missed 15 free throws and committed 17 turnovers.
The first half was a disjointed, heavily-whistled period that took nearly an hour to complete. The Bearcats were called for eight fouls in the first six minutes and by the time the intermission horn sounded, the teams had combined for 27 fouls and 34 free throw attempts.

Brown led 15-8 early before Yacob netted a three-pointer and two free throws in a 23-second span to tie it at 15-15. The margin remained three or less for the next six minutes and the Bearcats took a 25-24 lead on a pair of free throws from senior forward Alex Ogundadegbe with 3:59 left. But Brown big man Maia sparked a 10-0 host run with six straight points inside and McGonagil hit a 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to push the Bears lead to double figures. Becks driving layup with 1.9 seconds left brought BUs deficit to eight, 37-29, at the break. Brown hit only 5-of-16 from the free throw line. Binghamton shot just 30% and left eight points at the charity stripe.

Madray, who scored 22 points in the season-opener against Loyola, was called for two quick fouls and played just three minutes in the first half.

The Bearcats next play Wednesday night at Cornell.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)

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