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Bearcats Fall On Road In New Hampshire

DURHAM, N.H. - Host New Hampshire (8-6, 1-0 AE) closed the game with a 25-9 run and defeated Binghamton (3-12, 0-2 AE) 58-43 in an America East game Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gym.

The Bearcats hit 6-of-10 to start the second half and used a 12-3 run early in the period to forge ahead 34-33. But UNH countered with a 13-2 run to take the lead for good and the hosts closed it out down the stretch.

Sophomore forward Willie Rodriguez produced his third double-double of the season with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Rodriguez scored 16 points in the second half to reach the 20-point mark for the seventh time in his career.

"We did a lot of good things today," head coach Tommy Dempsey said. "We outrebounded them and held them to 33 percent shooting. We really defended and rebounded well and it gave us a chance to win but we're struggling from an offensive standpoint. It's tough to find buckets when we need them right now."

Freshman center Thomas Bruce added 10 points and seven rebounds and classmate Everson Davis chipped in eight points. Rodriguez hit 8-of-15 from the field, including a pair of threes, and pulled down double-digit boards for the sixth time in his career.

Binghamton hit just 3-of-20 from three-point range and wound up shooting 36 percent from the floor.

The Bearcats had their inside game going in the first half as Bruce hit 3-of-3, including a two-handed jam, and grabbed four boards. Bruce took advantage of extra minutes with starter Bobby Ahearn saddled with three first-half fouls. Davis joined Bruce with six points but after the teams were even at 11, UNH outscored BU 12-5 to end the half and carry a 23-16 lead into intermission.

Binghamton returns home to host Hartford Wednesday night at the Events Center.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)