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Monday, December 29, 2008

EL-AMIN LEADS MEN'S BASKETBALL TO 68-52 VICTORY OVER SAINT PETER'S


Seawolves off to best start since joining Division I in 1999.

Jersey City, N.J. - Junior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) scored a career-high 27 points and freshman Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) added 12 points and nine rebounds as the Stony Brook University men's basketball team defeated the Saint Peter's Peacocks, 68-52, on Sunday afternoon at the Yanitelli Center. Stony Brook improves to 6-5 with the victory, its best ever start since joining the Division I ranks in 1999. Saint Peter's fall to 4-8 with the loss.
"Our guys were really focused coming in and it showed in our performance this afternoon," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "We were able to get big contributions from a lot of guys including Muhammad [El-Amin], who got us off to a terrific start."
Saint Peter's scored the first basket of the game but the Seawolves answered with seven straight points on two baskets from El-Amin and a three-pointer from freshman Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J). The America East Player of the game, El-Amin went 9-for-15 from the field and 6-for-8 from the free throw line. Dougher finished with 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting
The Peacocks would close to within two before the Seawolves went on a 6-0 run, highlighted by four points from El-Amin, to take its largest lead of the game at 13-5 with 14 minutes remaining in the half. Stony Brook led by six with 7:55 to go before El-Amin nailed his second three-pointer of the game to start a 13-2 spurt that gave SBU a 32-16 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the opening half. El-Amin scored 10 of his 18 first-half points in the run.
Jordan Costner ended the Seawolves run with two free throws but Brenton followed with a put-back hoop and a three-pointer to give Stony Brook their largest lead of the game at 37-18 with 2:58 left in the first period. The teams traded hoops over the next two minutes before Brandon Hall knocked down a three-pointer to pull the Peacocks within 16 with 30 seconds left. But Dougher answered with a floater with three seconds remaining in the half to send the Seawolves into the break up 41-23.

El-Amin went 5-for-9 from the field in the opening half including three of five from the three-point line. Brenton added 10 points to go along with eight rebounds for the Seawolves, who went 12-for-16 from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes. Akeem Gooding and Wesley Jenkins scored six points apiece in the opening half for the Peacocks.
Saint Peter's opened the second half on a 6-1 run to close to within 13 but El-Amin answered with a long jumper and freshman Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) followed with a tough hoop in the lane to push the Seawolves lead back to 17. SBU led by 15 just over nine minutes into the second half before Joyner knocked down a turnaround jumper, the first of three straight Seawolves hoops that pushed their lead to 22 with eight and a half minutes left in the game
The Peacocks closed to within 14 on a Costner three-point play with 4:33 remaining but El-Amin had answer once again, tipping in a Joyner miss to push the Seawolves advantage back to 16. Saint Peter's would get as close as 12 on a Jenkins free throw with 2:05 remaining but Joyner followed with thunderous dunk to seal the game for SBU.
The Seawolves shot 48.9 percent (22-for-45) from the field for the game including a terrific 6-for-11 from three-point range. Jenkins scored a team-high 20 points for the Peacocks who turned the ball over 20 times.
The Seawolves will return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 31, traveling to take on Air Force. Game time is set for 5 p.m EST.