Monday, February 2, 2009

Stony Brook (12-10, 4-5) at UMaine (8-14, 3-6)

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.

This game has tournament seeding ramifications. A win would not only vault UMaine from seventh- to fifth-place in the standings, a series sweep would ensure owning the tie-breaker against the Seawolves. Notch a victory here and the Black Bears can begin to work themselves away from dreaded play-in territory. UMaine took the first meeting, 64-54.

The Seawolves are led by junior college transfer Muhammad El-Amin (14.9 points) and a pair of freshmen, Bryan Dougher (11.7 ppg) and Tommy Brenton (7.6 ppg, 8.9 rebounds). How well the Black Bears trio of Mark Socoby, Junior Bernal and Sean McNally match up should be telling.

Probable starters:

Stony Brook
G - Muhammad El-Amin, 6-5, Jr. ... Seventh in league scoring
G - Bryan Dougher, 6-1, Fr. ... 42 percent from three leads league
G - Marques Cox, 6-1, Sr. ... A veteran hand to start games
F - Dallis Joyner, 6-7, Fr. ... 6.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg
F - Tommy Brenton, 6-5, Fr. ... America East's leading glass man
Seawolves notes
Forward Demetrius Young, a 6-6 senior, and 6-1 sophomore guard Chris Martin are capable of stepping up and playing productive minutes. Young averages 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds off the bench while Martin is third leading scorer at 8.1 a game. ... El-Amin and Dougher are top shooters from deep, as SBU is third in America East at 36 percent.

Black Bears
G - Mark Socoby, 6-6, Jr. ... Capable of scoring inside and out
G - Junior Bernal, 6-5, Jr. ... Slasher can wear down SBU guards
G - Gerald McLemore, 6-3, Fr. ... Tied for league lead with 54 threes
F - Sean McNally, 6-7, Soph. ... Fifth on league rebound chart
F - Malachi Peay, 6-6, Soph. ... Must help on the boards tonight

Black Bears notes
Look for UMaine's response to three straight losses in which the team held double-digit leads. ... Game is first of three straight at home for the Black Bears.

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