VESTAL, N.Y. -- 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.
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., who averaged 15.8 points in 13 games before being injured last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.
Isaiah Briscoe has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. Marcus Lee intends to transfer.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge will again feature Kansas and Kentucky, this time at Rupp Arena. That's not the only exciting matchup in next season's midseason conference showdown.