Thursday, January 8, 2009
UMaine 64, Stony Brook 54
The Black Bears bounced back from Saturday's America East opening loss at home with a solid win at Stony Brook. Brooklyn native Malachi Peay (pictured) came off the bench to score 10 of his 12 points in the first half, sparking UMaine to a commanding lead in front of 907 at Pritchard Gymnasium. Peay, a 6-6 forward who is coming off a broken jaw suffered earlier this season against Quinnipiac, was 5 of 8 from the floor, had four rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes.
The Black Bears (6-9, 1-1 America East) led by as many as 19 points and had four players in double figures. Junior Bernal had 12 points, six assists and four rebounds. Mark Socoby chipped in with 11 points, five assists and four rebounds. Socoby hit several key free throws in the final minutes after Stony Brook (8-7, 1-2) had whittled the lead to six.
Gerald McLemore was the fourth Black Bear in double figures. He had 10 points, six rebounds and three steals.
For the game, the Black Bears shot 48 percent from the floor and committed just nine turnovers. The Seawolves, led by Muhammed El-Amin's game-high 22 points, shot 33 percent overall and had 16 turnovers.
UMaine continues its three-game road swing with a 7 p.m. tilt Saturday at defending league champion Maryland-Baltimore County.