Saturday, January 16, 2010

Stony Brook (11-6, 3-1) at Black Bears (9-6, 1-1)

Saturday, Jan. 16, 2 p.m.
Alfond Arena, Orono

Stony Brook brings to town its version of the Big Three for its date with the Black Bears. Leading the Seawolves to their best America East start in the school history are guards Muhammad El-Amin, Bryan Dougher and frontcourt stud Tommy Brenton.

Amin is fifth in AE scoring at 15.2 points a game. Brenton is second in rebounding (9.2) and first in field goal percentage (.551). Dougher is capable of big scoring games and is first in the league with 54 three-pointers. He shoots .415 on the bombs.

The Seawolves also boast one of the best sixth-men in the conference in guard Chris Martin.

Stony Brook numbers

El-Amin ... 15.2 points, 3.4 rebounds
Dougher ... 14.6 points
Brenton ... 7.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.9 steals
Martin ... 10.0 points

Team comparisons

Scoring ... SB 67.9, UM 65.3
FG % ... SB .417, UM .392
FT % ... SB .692, UM .689
3P % ... SB .328, UM .306
Rebounds ... SB 36.9, UM 37.0

RPI ... SB 193, UM 143

To win: Black Bears will have to keep Brenton, Dallas Joyner and Amin from getting second-chance opportunities on offense. Brenton is an active rebounder, always around the ball. Keeping a body on him is a priority ... Don't let Amin and Dougher shoot uncontested 3s. Force Stony to go to their second and third options on offense. ... Shoot better than 40 percent. ... Go to whomever Brenton is guarding and see if you can get him in foul trouble. He's hyperactive so try to get him going for the blocks early. Stony's a different team without him on the floor.

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