Men's Basketball Defeats Mount Saint Mary College, 87-53, In Home Opener
Nov. 16, 2009
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Desmond Adedeji (Landover Hills, Md.) scored a career-high 16 points and sophomore Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) came two assists shy of a triple-double as the Stony Brook University men's basketball team defeated the Mount Saint Mary College Blue Knights, 87-53, on Monday night at Pritchard Gymnasium in the Seawolves home opener. Stony Brook improves to 2-0 with the victory while the Blue Knights fall to 0-1.
"We didn't play with a lot of energy on the defensive end at the start tonight," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "But we picked up our energy as the game went on and our defense improved with it. We'll go back to practice and keep working hard and get ready for Wagner on Saturday."
Adedeji scored his 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting while Brenton added 11 to go along with 15 rebounds, a career-best eight assists and four steals. Senior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) chipped in with 15 points for the Seawolves, who shot 46.8 percent (37-79) from the field. Brenton was named the Seawolves America East Player of the Game.
The teams were tied at 10 six minutes into the game but Adedeji scored on an inside hoop and freshman Preye Preboye (Springfield, Mass) and senior Eddie Castellanos (Jersey City, N.J.) then followed with fast-break baskets to give SBU a 16-10 lead with 13 minutes left in the first half.
Chris Kingly hit one of his three first half three-pointers to cut the lead to 16-13 but El-Amin answered with a fast-break layup to start a 7-0 run that gave the Seawolves a 10-point lead midway through the half. The Blue Knights sliced their deficit to six with eight and half minutes left but Preboye get free for an alley-oop dunk off a an inbounds play to start a 9-0 spurt that put the Seawolves on top 33-18.
The Blue Knights trimmed the Stony Brook lead to 13 with just less than two minutes left after back-to-back threes from Kingly but El-Amin hit a three in the final minute to send SBU into the break with a 43-27 lead. El-Amin scored a game-high 11 points in the first half while Brenton chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds.
Stony Brook still led by 16 just over three minutes into the second half but El-Amin then scored on a fast-break to jump start a 14-0 Seawolves run that gave them their largest lead of the game to that point at 61-31. Adedeji had eight points during the run and Brenton capped the spurt with a dunk off a Adedeji miss.
Mount Saint Mary would get no closer than 28 the rest of the way as the Seawolves coasted to their second straight victory to open the season. It is the first time that SBU has started 2-0 since the 1997-98 campaign.
The Seawolves return to action on Saturday, traveling to Staten Island to take on Wagner. Game time is set for 7 p.m.