Binghamton’s Bruce and Stewart remain out for ‘near future’

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VESTAL (WBNG) — The Binghamton men’s basketball team will remain without forward Thomas Bruce and Tyler Stewart for the ‘near future’ according to head coach Tommy Dempsey. Both players are battling concussion symptoms.

“There’s no change in this point in Thomas’ status,” said Binghamton head coach Tommy Dempsey. “Tyler Stewart still seems to be struggling with concussion-symptoms, during the games. It’s been on-going now for a while. At this point, with the semester ending, he’s going to go to head back to home, closer to home, Baltimore, just for some further testing.”

Stewart has played in five games this season for the Bearcats. He averaged just more than ten minutes per game after playing nearly 15 minutes per contest as a freshman last season. His last game was November 28 against Army.

Bruce has not played all season for Binghamton. As a junior last year, Bruce averaged 11 points, nearly nine rebounds and two blocks a game.

After Wednesday night’s second-half collapse against Morgan State, the Binghamton Bearcats are 3-6 this season, with only one of those wins coming against a Division I opponent.

Without Bruce, Binghamton has had to play small using Chancellor Barnard at the five position. He’s listed at six-foot-four. Head coach Tommy Dempsey told 12 Sports, the Bearcats do miss Bruce but injuries happen and Binghamton needs players like Oneonta-native sophomore Albert Odero to start filling Bruce’s shoes.

“We need to get more from Rich (Caldwell Jr.) and from Al (Albert Odero) and again with Al, it’s more on me,” said Dempsey. “I have to play him more and get him out there more and get him more comfortable and those kind of things, because we need him to take a step forward for us because you have to get your talented guys out there and they have to be able to get out there and execute.”

Binghamton hosts Loyola inside the Events Center on Saturday, December 8 at 2:30 p.m.

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