JB Hoops alumni J.C. Show, Bobby Planutis, James Fives, Ian Langendoerfer and Rebecca Carmody were all in the starting lineups Friday night when their NCAA Division I basketball teams opened their seasons.
Show shared team scoring honors and was instrumental in the second-half run that carried Binghamton University to a 76-59 men’s basketball victory over Morgan State.
Planutis made his college debut with a start at forward for Mount St. Mary’s.
Fives and Langendoerfer started for Loyola of Maryland while Carmody was in the lineup when the Binghamton women opened on the road.
Back at the Binghamton Events Center, Show scored 12 points in the first 3:31 of the second half to spark a 20-2 run that erased a one-point halftime deficit and sent the Bearcats on their way to victory.
The junior guard from Abington Heights was one of three players to score 14 points for Binghamton, which also had Timmy Rose, a former JB Hoops and Scranton Prep player, in the backcourt, coming off the bench.
“It feels great to get back out there,” said Show, who had his first season at Binghamton, after transferring from Bucknell, cut short by injury last season.
Show opened the second half with a 3-pointer to put Binghamton ahead to stay, 32-30, then came up with more ways to produce points three at a time in the next few minutes. In addition to nailing another 3-pointer, he converted a conventional three-point play, made all three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt and stole an in-bounds pass to feed Willie Rodriguez for a 3-pointer.
When the outburst was over, the Bearcats led 49-32 with 14:33 remaining. The Bears did not get closer than 11 the rest of the game.
“We’ve been looking forward to getting this season going,” Show said during the postgame press conference. “To get out and play and get a win in the first game, it feels great.”
Show played 29 minutes, second-most on the team. He went 3-for-9 from the floor, including 2-for-6 on 3-pointers, while making all six free throws and grabbing four rebounds.
Rose led the team with four assists, one more than Show. He scored six points in 18 minutes, going 2-for-3 from the floor and 2-for-4 from the line.
Binghamton outscored Morgan State, 55-35, while Show was on the floor and, 40-28, in the time Rose was playing.
Planutis made his debut in front of 13,324 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee when Mount St. Mary’s lost to host Marquette, 80-59. He played 21 minutes, including 17 in the first half when Marquette was opening a 48-27 lead.
The 6-foot-8 forward from Hazleton Area, who spent a year at Brighton Academy in Maine between high school and college, finished with six points, four rebounds and a blocked shot. He was 2-for-6 from the floor, including 1-for-2 on 3-pointers.
Fives gave Loyola a shot at upsetting 19th-ranked Northwestern in the game in Rosemont, Ill.
After grabbing his career-high 11th rebound, Fives drew a foul and hit both shots to cut what had been a 13-point halftime deficit to 77-75 with seven seconds left.
Northwestern, which won a first-round NCAA Tournament game a year ago, escaped with the 79-75 win.
Fives finished with five points, two assists and a steal. The 6-6 junior forward, who played at Scranton Prep and then The Hill School, a prep school in Pottstown, was 1-for-4 from the line and 1-for-2 on 3-pointers.
Langendoerfer was limited to 11 minutes because of foul trouble. He picked up his third and fourth in the first two minutes of the second half.
The 6-5 sophomore forward from Honesdale had three points and one rebound. He missed his three shots from the floor, including a pair of 3-point attempts, but was 3-for-3 at the line.
Carmody led Binghamton with five offensive rebounds in a 73-61 loss at Army.
The 5-9 junior forward from Western Wayne also had four points, two blocked shots, a steal and an assist in 16 minutes. She made two of six shots.