Vestal, N.Y. (Dec. 17, 2016) --- Binghamton shot nearly 61% from the field en route to an 85-66 win over Delaware State at BU’s Events Center this afternoon.
The Bearcats hit 31 of their 51 shots from the floor, including eight-of-20 three point attempts, to win for the fourth time in five games and improve their record to 8-5 this season.
The Hornets, playing the first of six consecutive road games, fell to 3-9.
DeVaughn Mallory led three Delaware State players in double figures with 16 points. He also had a game-high nine rebounds. Devin Morgan added 15 points, highlighted by three three-point shots, and Dana Raysor came off the bench to score 12 for the Hornets. Raysor’s performance included four-of-six shooting on three-point shots.
Binghamton’s Fard Muhammad hit five-of-seven three-point attempts to highlight a team-high 16-point performance. Reserves Yosef Yacob chipped in 14 points and Everson Davis 10 for the Bearcats.
Binghamton used a 30-8 run during an 11-minute stretch of the first half to take control of the game.
After Morgan hit a three-pointer to pull the Hornets even at 7-7, the Bearcats scored the next seven to open up a 14-7 lead.
Delaware State broke the run on a basket by Kobe Gantz, but Binghamton responded with a 15-0 spurt to blow the game open. Willie Rodriguez capped off the Bearcat run with a dunk off a feed from Tommy Rose to open up a 28-9 lead with 6:07 left in the first half.
Yacob hit a three-pointer on the final shot of the half to give the Bearcats a 46-20 lead at the break.
Binghamton was 16-for-25 from the field in the first half (64%), including seven-of-13 from beyond the arc (53.8%).
Delaware State was 8-for-21 (38.1%) overall from the floor and three-of-eight from long range (37.5%) in the half.
The Hornets improved their second half shooting to 50% (17-34), but trailed by as many as 29 points in the final 20 minutes.
Delaware State returns to action on Monday for a first-ever meeting with the University of Indiana. Game time is 8 p.m. in Bloomington, IN.
… Delaware State’s Kavon Waller took just four shots (2-4 FG; 1-2 3pt. FG) and was held to six points in the game. Waller was second on the Hornets with a 12.0 point-per-game average entering the contest. His season shooting percentages fell slightly to .539 overall (48-89) and .569 on three-pointers (33-58) with today’s performance.
… Raysor’s four three-pointers were his first since hitting two at Montana State on Nov. 26.
… Mallory has scored 34 points on 16-of-26 shooting from the field (.615) and grabbed 22 rebounds in the last two games.