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Rapid Reaction: UB 80, Binghamton 64

Freshman CJ Massinburg scored 17 points and sophomore guard Lamonte Bearden had 13 to lead the University at Buffalo to an 81-64 victory over Binghamton University Saturday at Alumni Arena.

UB never trailed over the final 31 minutes of the game.

The Bulls took control midway through the first half, when Massinburg scored 14 points over a four-minute stretch to give the Bulls a 28-20 lead.

Massinburg, from Dallas, entered the game averaging 10.1 ppg.

Records: UB is 5-5. Binghamton is 2-7.

Highlights: UB point guard Lamonte Bearden gave the fans a string of highlight plays. In a four-minute stretch of the second half, he hit a driving scoop shot in the lane, assisted on a Willie Conner bucket, hit a driving, hesitation scoop that banked high off the glass and in, and then made a basket with a crossover dribble, drive, cradle, scoop and bank off the glass. The latter shot gave UB a 55-45 lead with 12:30 left in the game.

Rebuilding: Binghamton still is rebuilding from a scandal in 2010. The Bearcats made the NCAA tournament in their eighth year of Division I in 2009. But in the wake of that triumph it was revealed the school significantly lowered its admission standards for prospective recruits. Six players were dismissed from the team, and the coach and athletic director eventually resigned. Last year Binghamton faced a reduction in practice time due to low Academic Progress Rate scores dating back to 2009. Binghamton’s win totals the past five years are: 6, 7, 3, 2, 8. The Bearcats are back to normal practice time this season. The Bearcats is picked for fifth in the America East Conference.

In the house: Attendance was about 3,000 at Alumni Arena.

Up next: UB is off for a week until it meets Montana State at 2 p.m. Saturday at Alumni Arena.

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