Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Stony Brook 70, Black Bears 59

About all you need to know about this one is this: UMaine committed 11 turnovers in the first half, had 19 fewer shot attempts than Stony Brook and allowed the Seawolves to crash the boards for 12 offensive rebounds.

Somehow, somehow, despite stumbling around for 20 minutes, the Black Bears trailed by just eight points. Stony Brook, however, held off a mild UMaine rally in the second half and coasted to an important victory.

With a chance to tie the Seawolves in the league standings, the Black Bears came out flat and fell to 8-15, 3-7 America East. Stony Brook improved to 13-10, 5-5. UMaine now faces an uphill fight to avoid participating in the play-in game of the conference tournament for the second straight year.

The Black Bears have two games left on the homestand against UMBC and Hartford, both of whom currently have seven losses.

Muhammad El-Amin led Stony Brook with 22 points.

Sean McNally paced the Black Bears with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Gerald McLemore added 14 points. Kaimondre Owes and Mark Socoby had 10 each. Socoby struggled from the floor, going 1 for 10 (0 for 8 on three-pointers).

The Black Bears fall to 3-6 in Division 1 games at Alfond Arena this year.


MattT said...

Was Malachai Peay sick or in the dog house? I noticed that he did not play. He was the difference in game against Stoney Brook.

thepit said...

Malachi was out with the flu last night. Wish I could feel like he would have made a difference, but from what I saw, we looked like we were on the second game of a back-to-back after coming home from the West Coast on a red eye flight. With so much at stake in regards to the play-in game, it was disappointing. Now we have to win the next two and hope for help down the stretch.