VESTAL (WBNG) — Ahead of Tuesday’s season tip-off at Cornell, the Binghamton men’s basketball team held its media day Thursday.
The Bearcats fell in the America East semifinals to Vermont last season, which came after a thrilling upset win in the quarterfinals over No. 2 Stony Brook. A win that gives the team a lot of motivation heading into the season.
The team returns just one starter from last season; sophomore Sam Sessoms. Looking to compliment him are ten newcomers, including five freshman.
“We definitely are a bigger team. We have a lot more size than we had in the past and I think the offense will take more time. We’ve spent a ton more time on the defense at least to give us something that we feel like we can to hang our hats. But I do think the biggest change is our size and how much better we’ll be defensively,” said coach Tommy Dempsey.
Sessoms is the reigning America East rookie of the year, and was named a Freshman All-American. He ranked fifth in the nation for freshman scoring with 17.8 ppg, and tied Binghamton University’s record with a 34-point performance Hartford in February. As a leader on the team, Sessoms says he is still working on improving his play on the court, but part of the role is making the entire team better.
“We’ve just been stressing me trying to become a leader, like a better leader. You know, last year I was able to come in and let my game speak for myself. I had a lot of upper classmen who were able to speak and lead, but now I’m thrown into the fire again as far as being a leader. As long as I get better at that, I’ll be able to play better games and the team will be more successful,” said Sessoms.
The Bearcats open their season at Cornell on November 5. Their second game will bring them to No. 1 Michigan State on November 10.