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Bearcats stumble on the road against Sea Wolves

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Host Stony Brook (18-4, 9-0 America East) used a 23-3 second-half run to break away from a tie score and pin a 76-51 loss on Binghamton men's basketball (5-17, 2-7 AE) Wednesday night at the Island Federal Credit Union Arena.

The Bearcats led 28-27 at intermission and were tied 39-all with 13:41 left before the unbeaten and league-leading Seawolves took over. Stony Brook, which shot 58 percent and hit 8-of-11 threes in the second half, ran off 16 straight points. Junior guard Marlon Beck hit the last of his four three-pointers with 7:49 left to snap the drought and make it a 55-42 score. But Stony Brook kept drilling shots and outscored BU 37-12 to end the game.

"They just wore us down and imposed their will in the second half," head coach Tommy Dempsey said. "Our zone was slower and I don't know if it was fatigue, but they moved the ball and seemed to make every shot and we just didn't respond."

Sophomore forward Willie Rodriguez tallied a game-high 16 points - 10 in the second half. It marked the 18th game this season that Rodriguez has reached double digits. He also added nine rebounds, just missing a double-double. Beck had nine of his 12 points in the first half and wound up hitting 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Binghamton committed 18 turnovers which led to 21 Stony Brook points.

In the first half, BU used a 16-4 run to turn a nine-point deficit into a three-point lead. Beck led the charge with a trio of first-half treys.

The Seawolves wound up hitting 11-of-19 three-pointers.

Binghamton returns home to host New Hampshire at 4 p.m. on Saturday. It's the first of two home games in a three-day span at the Events Center.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)