The Binghamton University men’s basketball team is on its longest winning streak in nine seasons and the play of two JB Hoops alumni is a big reason why.
Abington Heights graduate J.C. Show leads the Bearcats in scoring and Scranton Prep graduate Timmy Rose has worked his way back into the starting lineup.
Binghamton won its sixth straight Saturday afternoon in Baltimore when it defeated host Loyola of Maryland, 77-64, to run improve to 7-4.
It was the third straight win over a Patriot League team.
“Our product is pretty solid right now,” said Bearcats head coach Tommy Dempsey, a Dunmore graduate. “We just have to keep working.”
Show scored 17 points against Loyola, including 15 in the first half to get the Bearcats out to a 36-21 lead. He had 10 of the last 12 points in a 24-9 run to end the half.
“He was probably the main reason we had the 15-point lead,” Dempsey said in a postgame interview on the team’s radio network. “He came out and got us off to a great start.”
Rose had seven points and a game-high five assists.
Show, a 6-3 junior guard, is averaging 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists on the season.
During the six-game winning streak, Show has scored at least 15 points in every game. He is averaging 16.8 during that stretch while shooting 35-for-66 (53.0 percent) from the floor, 18-for-40 (35.0) from 3-point range and 13-for-15 (86.7) from the line.
Rose, a 6-1 junior guard, has made four starts, including the last two games. He started, played 38 minutes and scored 10 points Wednesday when Binghamton beat Army for the first time, 71-66.
On the season, Rose is averaging 6.9 points and 3.6 assists. He is shooting 54.7 percent from the floor.
Saturday’s game was the only one of the season involving NCAA Division I teams with a total of four players from District 2. All four are JB Hoops alums.
Ian Langendoerfer from Honesdale played only three minutes for Loyola, which went without James Fives for the first time this season.
Langendoerfer’s time was limited because of the flu. Fives, from Scranton Prep and The Hill School, had started six games, but suffered an injury against Florida State in the team’s previous game.
Loyola, which has played six road games, including at Northwestern and Florida State, fell to 1-8.