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Saturday, December 6, 2008

SECOND-HALF SURGE LEAD SEAWOLVES MEN OVER LEHIGH 71-50


Seawolves win third straight game.


Stony Brook, N.Y. - Sophomore Chris Martin (Springfield Gardens, N.Y.) scored a career-high 19 points and junior Desmond Adedeji (Landover Hills, Md.) added 11 points and nine rebounds as the Stony Brook University men's basketball team used a dominating second half to defeat the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 71-50, on Friday night at Pritchard Gymnasium. Stony Brook improves to 4-3 with the victory while Lehigh falls to 5-3.
"We won this game with a great defensive effort in the second half," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "I couldn't be prouder of the effort and intensity our team played with tonight even after falling behind early. It was a terrific win for our team and for our fans, who were fantastic tonight."
Martin, the America East Player of the Game, scored 13 second-half points for the Seawolves who closed the game on a 39-10 run. In just his second game for the Seawolves, Adedeji went 5-for-9 from the field and blocked three shots. With the victory the Seawolves are now off to their best start since the 2004-05 squad also started the season 4-3.
The Mountain Hawks got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 10-2 lead behind eight early points from Marquis Hall. Stony Brook cut the lead to five at 12-7 on a three-pointer from freshman Danny Carter (London, England) before Lehigh answered with six straight points to push its advantage to 11 midway through the opening half.
SBU responded with six straight points though, cutting the Mountain Hawks lead to five on two Martin free throws with 7:46 remaining in the half. But the Mountain Hawks maintained the five-point lead the rest of the half and went into the break up 27-22.

Martin had a team-high six first-half points for the Seawolves who got points from seven different players in the opening period. Hall scored a game-high 10 points in the first 20 minutes for the Mountain Hawks.
Lehigh quickly scored the first five points of the second half, on a Hall three and Keefer jumper, to go up 32-22 just one minute into the period. Freshman Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.), who finished the game with 13 points and season-high eight rebounds, tallied the Seawolves first basket of the half a minute later, knocking down a three from the left side to cut SBU's deficit to seven.
The Mountain Hawks still led by eight with 11:11 remaining in the game after Zahir Carrington answered a thunderous dunk from Adedeji with a lay-up. But Carter then ignited the Seawolves as he blocked a Prentice Small shot and beat the Mountain Hawks down court, laying it in off a beautiful pass from Martin. Adedeji followed with a hook in the lane and junior Jonathan Moore (Cleveland, Ohio) then knocked down a three to pull the Seawolves within one at 40-39 with nine minutes left.
Stony Brook grabbed its first lead of game seconds later on an Adedeji put-back hoop and Martin then followed with an acrobatic lay-up that put the Seawolves up 43-40. A Small basket finally broke the Seawolves 11-0 run, but Moore hit two free throws on the Seawolves next possession to kick start a 19-2 Stony Brook run that put the Seawolves up 62-44 with 2:29 remaining.
Martin scored seven points in the run for the Seawolves, who held Lehigh to just two field goals over a nine minute span in the second half. SBU shot 53.3 percent (16-30) from the field in the second period while holding the Mountain Hawks to just 30 percent (9-for-30) shooting.
The Seawolves return to action on Sunday, hosting Mount Ida College at Pritchard Gymnasium. Game time is set for 2 p.m.