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Tinsley named conference Rookie of the Year

JB Hoops alum George Tinsley became the second straight Binghamton University player to be named America East Conference men’s basketball Rookie of the Year.

The Abington Heights graduate was named Friday when the America East announced its end-of-season awards. Tinsley follows teammate Sam Sessoms in winning the award.

The 6-foot-6 forward led conference freshman in scoring with 11.6 points per game and was second in rebounding among all players with 7.4 per game.

Tinsley has more playing time, 38:23 per game, than any freshman in the country in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I basketball in the past 15 years. He currently ranks second nationally in that category with most teams still active in the playoffs.

Binghamton missed the eight-team America East Tournament by placing last in the nine-team league. The Bearcats went 4-12 in the conference and 10-19 overall.

Tinsley had five double-doubles on the season. He made 52 percent of his shots from inside the arc and 71 percent on free throws. Tinsley led the team with 31 blocked shots and finished second in 3-pointers made (54), assists (50) and steals (30).

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