HAWKS DROP REGULAR-SEASON OPENER TO STONY BROOK, 60-44
Nov. 15, 2008
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore men's basketball team fell, 60-44, to Stony Brook in its first regular-season game of the 2008-09 campaign at Pritchard Gymnasium in front of 1,536 Friday.
The loss snaps a two-game winning streak for the Hawks over Stony Brook.
UMES junior forward Neal Pitt (Fort Washington, Md.) led all scorers with 14 points and had six rebounds, while freshman guard Chris Conner (Powell, Tenn.) and freshman forward Keishawn Mayes (Warrenton, N.C.) each had 12 points and five and seven boards, respectively.
Danny Carter led Stony Brook with 11 points and Tommy Brenton had eight to go along with 16 boards, six of which were on the offensive glass.
The Seawolves scored the game's first five points, but their lead was cut to 7-6 on a layup by freshman Tyler Hines (Sicklerville, N.J.) at 15:17. Stony Brook then capped an 8-0 run at 13:29 with a three from Bryan Dougher to open a nine-point lead, its biggest of the half.
"Stony Brook took us to the woodshed," said Hawks' head coach Frankie Allen, "they played a lot harder than us."
Pitt narrowed the gap to 19-17 with 8:18 play in the half, finishing a three-point play, but SBU pushed its advantage to five at the half.
Pitt paced the Hawks' offense in the opening 20 minutes with 13 points on 6-for-6 shooting, and led them to a 44 percent mark in the half, while Stony Brook was 38.7 from the field.
The Hawks were plagued by turnovers, committing seven in the half.
UMES never got closer than six points in the second as the Seawolves took over. Stony Brook went up, 45-33, midway through the half and kept the visitors at an arms length the rest of the way. The Hawks couldn't muster another threat leading to the 16-point margin of defeat.
The Seawolves turned the ball over four times to the Hawks' 14. Each team had 37 rebounds. SBU shot 41 percent for the game, while UMES was 36.7 percent from the field.
Stony Brook (1-0) next travels to Lafayette Tuesday, Nov. 18 for a 7 p.m. tip, and UMES (0-1) hosts Longwood on Saturday, Nov. 22, also at 7.