After a rough decade for the Binghamton University Men's Basketball program, the Bearcats are seeing quick results under first year Head Coach Levell Sanders. 

Binghamton currently sits second in the America East with a 7-4 conference record, 10-10 overall. This is already the most conference wins since the 2009-10 season where they went 8-8, and there is still 7 games to go. This all comes of a 2020-21 season where the team went 4-14 overall and 4-10 in conference. Sanders believes their focus on winning each day has been a big part of their success.  

“I think the most important thing is we have to prepare for the team that’s in front of us,” says Sanders. “The most important game is the next game on our schedule and that’s how we prepare. Other than that we don’t get into trying to win 10 games 15 games or whatever it is, we just prepare for what’s in front of us.”

One of the Bearcats key contributors during this run is junior transfer from Gardner-Webb Jacob Falko. Falko’s per game averages of 13.6 points, 3.6 assists and 1 steal all lead the team. He was named the America East Player of the Week on Monday after notching a career high of 29 points in the win against Stony Brook. He says when Sanders recruited him to Binghamton, he knew this kind of turnaround was possible.  

“I know when Coach Sanders was bringing me in, he was always talking about changing the culture,” says Falko. “I know they had like 4 wins last year so to turn it around like we have with 7 games still remaining, I think we can make a big run.” 

With the wins has come community support. The Events Center has started to fill up like it did during Binghamton’s lone run to the NCAA Tournament during the 2008-09 season.  

“The support has been unbelievable,” says Sanders. “We can feel it, it helps the guys it helps the team. I can just feel the excitement in the building with people that work here. So please Bearcat Nation please come out and continue to support us.”  

The Bearcats biggest test of the season to date comes on Wednesday as they travel to Vermont to face the conference leading Catamounts. Regarded as one of the top mid major programs in the country, Vermont is 10-0 In America East play, 18-4 overall and riding a 12-game winning streak. The Catamounts have won the last 13 contests against Binghamton dating back to 2012 with their last 3 losses coming by an average of 30 points.  

Binghamton’s task Wednesday Night is certainly a tall one. Regardless of the outcome however, Coach Sanders has the team and Bearcats nation believing in the process once again.