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Binghamton men, women drop conference openers

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(WBNG) -- The Binghamton men's and women's basketball teams opened conference play with losses against Stony Brook this afternoon.

The men hosted Stony Brook at the Events Center, and fell in the America East opener 73-59.

The Bearcat men played without senior center Thomas Bruce, who is out with an injury. Leading scorer Brenton Mills was also limited today after he was sidelined this week with an injury.

"We can't show up feeling like we don't have enough horses to win," said head coach Tommy Dempsey. "If we're defeated before we play we may as well not play."

Cooperstown native Tyler Bertram led the team with 12 points, all coming in the first half on three-pointers.

After receiving an NCAA transfer waiver, sophomore forward Christian Hinckson flirted with a double-double in his first game, adding eight points and nine rebounds.

"I think we need to just regroup tomorrow," said Dempsey. "Even though we didn't get the outcome today, I think they have a chance to share the court with Stony Brook. They know we can play better."

Final score:

Binghamton - 59 (0-4, 0-1 AE), Stony Brook - 73 (3-4, 1-0 AE).

The Binghamton women traveled to Stony Brook to open conference play, falling 61-52.

Senior forward Kaylee Wasco added 15 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Birna Benonysdottir tallied a career-high 13 points.

The women had a one-point lead at halftime, but were outscored 23-11 in the third quarter.

Final score:

Stony Brook - 61 (3-2, 1-0 AE), Binghamton - 52 (0-3, 0-1 AE)

The men and women take on Stony Brook Sunday at 2 p.m. to conclude the weekend series.

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