Trifunic’s 23 points lead Binghamton 71-59 over G. Washington

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VESTAL, N.Y. (AP)—Lazar Trifunovic scored 23 points as Binghamton snapped a six-game losing streak and beat George Washington 71-59 Thursday night.

“This has to be one of the biggest wins in Binghamton’s Division I history,” said Binghamton coach Kevin Broadus, who served as an assistant to George Washington coach Karl Hobbs from 2001-04. “They are a three-time NCAA tournament team. It’s hard to coach in a game like this because it’s not just against another team but against my close friend.”

The Bearcats (2-7) led from start to finish, jumping out to a 25-9 lead after hitting 8-of-13 shots to begin the game and ending the first half ahead 43-30.

A 16-7 Colonials run in the second half trimmed Binghamton’s lead to five, 55-50, with 5:14 to play. Up 58-51 with 2:49 remaining, Trifunovic converted a fast-break layup off a feed from Richard Forbes to push the lead to nine, 60-51. The Bearcats then converted 11-of-12 free throws in the final 2:13 to seal the win.

Forbes had 13 points, Mike Gordon had 11, and Dwayne Jackson had 10 for Binghamton.

Rob Diggs led the Colonials (3-5) with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while Wynton Witherspoon chipped in 18 points and Noel Wilmore scored 10.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Geo. Washington
R. Diggs R. Diggs
7-12,  20 Pts
16 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Binghamton
L. Trifunovic L. Trifunovic
7-9,  23 Pts
7 Rebs, 2 Assists

Team Stat Leaders

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Rebounds
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