Bearcats Search For Positives A Month Away From Conference PlayPosted: Updated:
Vestal, N.Y. - The Binghamton University Men's basketball team finds themselves 3-6 on the early season, just six games away from the start of America East Conference play. The Bearcats also find themselves without their best big man, senior Thomas Bruce who is still dealing with a concussion and has yet to play this season. Sophomore Tyler Stewart's strong court presence will also be missed, as he is also dealing with a concussion and according to head coach Tommy Dempsey, Tyler will not be returning in the near future.
"It will sound like an excuse if I say Thomas Bruce is what's missing. Is he the difference in being 3-6 rather than being 6-3, he might be" said Dempsey.
The Bearcats injuries and lack of depth have given younger players, like Caleb Stewart the chance to take on bigger roles than they probably expected. The lack of depth has also been a big reason as to why the Bearcats are struggling to play a complete 40 minute game of basketball. Last night, the Bearcats turned over the ball 12 times in the second half against Morgan State, losing a twenty-point lead. But, with all the negatives, have to come positives, especially as the Bearcats get ready for their six game stretch before conference play.
"We played some great stretches almost every game, it's not that we're not playing good basketball, we're having a hard time of playing 40 minutes of basketball" said Dempsey.
Dempsey also expressed that a key factor in their success will be the continued development of players like Richard Caldwell and Albert Odero.
"We need to get those guys going. As we head into conference play, those guys are two of our better athletes and two guys that we need to count on in the second half of the year" said Dempsey.
"We're looking for some extended minutes and improvements from those guys over the next month, before we play a conference game, we have some work to do."
Bearcats host Loyola University Saturday, Dec 8 at 2:30 P.M.