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No. 3 Michigan State romps over Binghamton 76-33

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Denzel Valentine had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Bryn Forbes scored 14 points as No. 3 Michigan State rolled over Binghamton 76-33 on Saturday.

The Spartans (9-0) stormed to a 41-12 halftime lead, shooting 15 of 29 from the field, and holding cold-shooting Binghamton (2-5) to 4 of 31. For the game, Michigan State was 30 of 65 and the Bearcats were 10 of 60.

Valentine scored all of his points within the first 10 minutes of the game as the Spartans took a 21-5 lead. Alvin Ellis III’s 3-pointer late in the half increased the lead to 30-7. Eron Harris scored nine points of his 11 points in the first half.

The Bearcats didn’t reach double figures until just over a minute left in the half when Dusan Perovic’s 3-pointer made it 38-12.

Justin McFadden led Binghamton with 10 points.

TIP-INS

Michigan State: The Spartans are off to the second-best start of the Tom Izzo era, trailing only the 2000-01 team that set the record with a 12-0 start. … Valentine set the tone for the game with a dunk off the opening tipoff. … It was the lowest point total against the Spartans since the 92-46 win over Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Nov. 20.

Binghamton: The Bearcats trailed 9-0 before Everson Davis scored. … The Bearcats had the youngest team in the nation last season and still have 11 underclassmen on their 15-man roster.

LENDING A HAND

Michigan State entered the game averaging a nation’s best of 22.9 assists. They had 12 in the first half and 24 for the game. Valentine entered the game averaging 8.4 assists per contest and had four in limited action against the Bearcats

RANKING SIMILARITIES

Michigan State is among five schools currently ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 in both football (No. 5) and men’s basketball (No. 3).

RARE MATCHUP

This was the first-ever meeting between the teams. … The Spartans are 7-1 all-time against opponents currently in the America East Conference. … The only other time Binghamton faced a team ranked as high as No. 3 was Michigan in 2012-13. … The Bearcats are 0-11 all-time against ranked teams and 0-6 vs. the Top 5.

UP NEXT

Michigan State hosts Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday.

Binghamton visits Oakland University on Monday.

VIDEO: America East’s #OurHouseRules trick shot campaign

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With the start of college basketball’s regular season just over a week away, the America East Conference began a special campaign via social media. The #OurHouseRules campaign features each of the nine member schools, with a player (or players, in one instance thus far) from each team making a shot they’d use in a game of HORSE.

The schools are doing this in alphabetical order, so defending tournament champion Albany was first with senior guard Peter Hooley getting things going. Hooley, whose three-pointer in the final seconds of the America East title game sent the Great Danes to the NCAA tournament, successfully drop-kicked a shot in from just beyond half court.

Up next was Binghamton’s J.C. Show, who hit a shot from half court while sitting on the floor.

Hartford’s Taylor Dyson made his shot from the Chase Family Arena stands, with Maine’s Aaron Calixte and Isaac Vann combining on an alley-oop with Calixte making the pass.

UMBC, UMass-Lowell, New Hampshire, Stony Brook and Vermont are the five teams who have yet to submit their shots, with UMBC now on the clock to do so. This is a pretty cool idea, especially when it comes to getting the fan bases excited for the start of the season. Who doesn’t like a good trick shot?

h/t Fox Sports

Binghamton junior guard leaves the program and intends to transfer

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Binghamton took a significant hit to its roster on Friday as the team announced that junior guard Jordan Reed is leaving the program and will seek a transfer. The 6-foot-4 guard has been an All-America East selection the past two seasons after averaging 16.6 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a freshman and 15.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore.

Reed has been on leave from the team since Nov. 26 and he appeared to be butting heads with Bearcat head coach Tommy Dempsey. According to the release, Reed will stay on through the end of the semester and intends to transfer at semester’s end.

“I appreciate the many positive contributions Jordan made to our basketball program the past two plus seasons,” Dempsey said in a statement from the university. “He has a bright future ahead of him and I wish him all the best moving forward.”

Reed also made a statement in the release.

“Over the past two years I have come to love Binghamton University,” Reed said in a statement released through the university. “As a result, leaving this great university is an extremely difficult decision but I felt this was the best choice for me, my family and my future. I have truly enjoyed my time with the Binghamton basketball program. More importantly, I have established relationships with classmates, teammates, faculty members and administrators that will last a lifetime. I wish the team success for the rest of the 2014-15 season.

“For personal reasons, I will be relocating to complete my educational experience. It’s been an honor to be a student at Binghamton and be inspired by the talented and committed faculty. In addition to my research and study, I enjoyed participating in the community service on campus and in the Greater Binghamton area. I appreciate the directors, coaches and staff for providing me with the resources to train and develop athletically. Thank you to all of the students, faculty, staff and the community for your support.”

Reed only started one game this season for Binghamton and missed the team’s shootaround before the Army game and was benched. This is a huge loss for the Bearcats in the short term, but if Reed was causing a disturbance and didn’t want to be there then it’s likely best he moved on.

It will be interesting to see what kind of transfer market Reed has this winter. He’s an experienced and productive wing who could up-transfer to a bigger conference if the right program needs an experienced player for next season.

Binghamton’s leading returning scorer, rebounder takes indefinite leave of absence

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In what was a difficult 2013-14 season for Tommy Dempsey’s Binghamton Bearcats, guard Jordan Reed cemented his status as one of the top guards in America East, posting averages of 15.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. However Reed’s production hasn’t carried over into 2014-15, as he’s played just 10.6 minutes per game in five contests before sitting out the team’s loss to Army Tuesday night.

Reed missed the team’s pregame shootaround, resulting in his being sidelined for that game. Wednesday afternoon it was announced that the junior is taking an “indefinite leave of absence” from the program.

Two freshman front court players have led the way offensively and on the boards for the Bearcats through six games, Willie Rodriguez (12.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and Dusan Perovic (10.3 ppg), and sophomore forward Nick Madray is averaging 7.3 points per contest.

With guards Romello Walker and Yosef Yacob and wing Justin McFadden all having started five of Binghamton’s first six games, there’s unlikely to be any significant changes on the perimeter when it comes to accounting for Reed’s departure.

2014-15 America East Preview: Does Stony Brook finally make the Tournament?

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Jameel Warney of Stony Brook (AP Photo)

Beginning on October 3rd and running up until November 14th, the first day of the season, College Basketball Talk will be unveiling the 2014-2015 NBCSports.com college hoops preview package.

Today, we are rolling out our America East preview.

MORE: 2014-2015 Season Preview Coverage | Conference Previews | Preview Schedule

The major storyline entering the America East in the 2014-2015 season is if Stony Brook can finally get over the hump and make the program’s first NCAA Tournament. After four 20-win seasons in five years and multiple losses in the America East conference tournament title game, the Seawolves are the close favorites in a conference that loses some talented and experienced players.

Stony Brook and head coach Steve Pikiell return reigning conference player of the year Jameel Warney at forward and guard Carson Puriefoy and his 12.9 points and 43 percent three-point shooting to the rotation and gain some talented players as well. Redshirt freshman Roland Nyama is a high-upside athlete from Germany who could see significant minutes and Pikiell is expecting a potentially deep rotation.

Hartford likely poses as the biggest threat to Stony Brook as the Hawks will welcome back their top seven scorers from last season. Senior forward Mark Nwakamma is an all-league talent and Yolonzo Moore II and Wes Cole are an experienced senior back court. If there is one thing Hartford has to improve: rebounding. The Hawks were outglassed by an average of 4.3 rebounds per game last year.

Albany is always stronger as the season goes on under head coach Will Brown, and they’ve won the America East conference tournament title four times — including last season — to only one league regular season title. Junior guard Peter Hooley and senior wing forward Sam Rowley both return for the Great Danes and that should give them a good start to build one.

After winning 22 games a season ago, Vermont loses six seniors and its top four scorers, but the program hasn’t had a losing record in league play since 2005-06 and returns some talent. Junior forward Ethan O’Day and senior forward Hector Harold is the foundation of an experienced front court and Vermont also has a decent recruiting class.

Binghamton and UMBC will compete in the America East thanks to all-league guards. The Bearcats have 6-foot-4 guard Jordan Reed while UMBC returns league Rookie of the Year Rodney Elliot.

PRESEASON AMERICA EAST PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jameel Warney, Stony Brook

The reigning America East Player of the Year is only a junior and the 6-foot-8 forward has shot 61 percent from the field in both of his seasons at Stony Brook. Warney averaged 14.5 points, 8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game last season and is one of the most dominant offensive forces in the conference.

THE REST OF THE PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA EAST TEAM:

  • Mark Nwakamma, Hartford – The 6-foot-8 senior forward was a first-team All-America East selection last season after averaging 15.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
  • Peter Hooley, Albany – The 6-foot-4 junior guard averaged 15.5 points per game last season and will be the Great Danes’ key player this season.
  • Jordan Reed, Binghamton – Another 6-foot-4 junior guard, Reed totaled 15.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while upping his three-point percentage to 35 percent from 13.
  • Rodney Elliott, UMBC – The 6-foot sophomore is the reigning America East Rookie of the Year after averaged 15 points, 3.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

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PREDICTED FINISH

1. Stony Brook
2. Hartford
3. Albany
4. Vermont
5. Binghamton
6. UMBC
7. UMass Lowell
8. Maine
9. New Hampshire

Binghamton continues to struggle, loses three players

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Seems like today is our day to talk about attrition at 2009 16-seeds. We talked about Radford earlier today, and now we get similar news from Binghamton, the 2009 America East tourney champs.

The Binghamton scandal is pretty well known. It even has its own Wiki page. So, suffice to say, there’s a very good reason the program is struggling right now. Nonetheless, the hiring of former Temple star Mark Macon as the program’s first post-scandal head man gave many hope for a turnaround.

Macon took a huge step forward when he recruited the trio of Chris Longoria, Omar Richards and Ben Dickinson, who were expected to be cornerstones of the rebuilding process. Now, Aaron Gottleib of the Binghamton student newspaper Pipe Dream breaks the news that Macon and the Bearcats are more than likely starting from scratch again, as all three have signaled their intent to transfer. The three players combined scored nearly 50% of the team’s points in a gut-churning 2-29 season that began with an 0-26 streak.

Macon currently has just one commitment for his Class of 2012, from DeMatha shooting guard Marcellous Bell. With three spots opening up at once, he’ll at least be able to hit the recruiting trail promising plenty of playing time. If he finds a player who values PT more than wins, he might just be in business.

Assuming, of course, that Macon still has a job. The Pipe Dream article included quotes from an ominous email message from Binghamton’s AD:

“If and when a student-athlete formally transfers to another institution we would make an announcement at the appropriate time.”

“In that case I could then address your second question [about Macon’s status].”

Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He likes to crack wise and talk college hoops @stfhoops on Twitter.