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America East Conference
State hoops: Binghamton men defeat UMBC, 68-56
State hoops: Binghamton men defeat UMBC, 68-56

Willie Rodriguez scored 15 points and had eight rebounds before fouling out to help pull Binghamton out of the America East basement with a 68-56 win over host UMBC on Wednesday night. Bobby Ahearn added 11 points for Binghamton (3-20, 2-6), which shot 46 percent from the field on 52 attempts and never trailed in the game. The win ended a four-game skid and lifted the Bearcats out of a three-way tie for last place now shared by UMBC and Maine. Binghamton took control with a 17-5 run midway through the first half ignited by a basket from Rodriguez and carried a 33-24 advantage into the break. UMBC (3-18, 1-7) cut the gap to four with Devarick Houston's dunk to make it 36-32 with...