Monmouth (NJ) 77, Binghamton 65

Ed Waite scored 23 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds

and Monmouth defeated Binghamton 77-65 Monday night.

Waite was 9-of-10 shooting and converted all five free-throw

attempts. The 6-foot-3 forward has 554 career rebounds and ranks

fifth all-time at Monmouth (5-3).

Andrew Nicholas, who entered the game as Monmouth’s leading

scorer with 15.3 points per game, added 19 points and eight

rebounds for the Hawks, who have won four straight games after

opening the season 1-3.

Monmouth led 38-28 at intermission behind 17 first-half points

from Waite and shot 55.6 percent (15 of 27) in the second half to

pull away.

The Hawks led 73-56 after two free throws from Nicholas.

Nicholas also had five steals for Monmouth, which forced 21

turnovers and has induced 20-plus turnovers in seven of its first

eight games.

Freshman Jordan Reed led the Bearcats (2-7) with 26 points.