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Die by the three; Bearcats fall to Cornell

ITHACA, N.Y. - Host Cornell (2-1) shot 53 percent and hit 12 three-pointers and the Big Red fended off Binghamton men's basketball 76-59 Wednesday night at Newman Arena.

The Bearcats (0-3) trimmed a 15-point deficit to five, 51-46, with 11:54 left but could draw no closer. Junior guard Marlon Beck led BU with 17 points. Beck hit 5-of-10 three-pointers but the rest of the team went 4-for-20 from beyond the arc. Sophomore forward Willie Rodriguez tallied 14 points and seven rebounds and freshman guard Everson Davis chipped in 10 points and five assists.

Binghamton dug itself an 11-point halftime hole after shooting just 30 percent in the opening period. Both teams stepped up their shooting in the second half. The Bearcats were above 50 percent for most of the half but Cornell matched that and more, shooting above 60 percent until the final few minutes.

"We just didn't do what we set out to do tonight," head coach Tommy Dempsey said. "Cornell sped us up with their trap and we weren't able to throw it inside enough. We took 30 three-point shots and that's not what we want our identity to be. We played right into their hands tonight."

The Big Red were led by freshman guard Matt Morgan, who hit for a game-high 24 points.

The Bearcats forced 20 turnovers and produced 17 assists on their 22 makes.

Binghamton has five days off until facing Central Connecticut State in New Britain, Conn.