Old Rivals Clash as Bearcats Host Great Danes in AE Opener
The Binghamton Bearcats open their America East schedule against long-time rival Albany on Saturday at 4:00 PM at the Events Center (air at 3:45 on News Radio 1290 WNBF). Albany wrapped up it non-conference schedule on Monday night with a 67-66 win at Columbia. That pushed Albany's record to 7-8. Binghamton finished its non-conference slate at 6-7 with a 98-45 over Hartwick.
In recent years the Great Danes have held a big edge over the Bearcats and UAlbany has won nine of the past ten meetings including the last three in a row. A featured match-up will be last year's Rookie of the Year contestants. Now sophomores, Cameron Healy leads the Great Danes with a 15.6 points per game average. Binghamton's Sam Sessoms, who earned Rookie of the Year honors last year, paces BU's offense averaging 19.0 points per game.
The Bearcats hope to have freshman George Tinsley back in the lineup after missing the Hartwick game with a strained quadriceps muscle. Tinsley leads the nation in minutes played per game averaging over 39 minutes per contest.