Stony Brook Ousts Maine Men's Basketball From Postseason, 80-54

 

Stony Brook Ousts Maine Men's Basketball From Postseason, 80-54

ALBANY, N.Y. – The No. 1 ranked offense in America East, Maine men's basketball, struggled to score points as the team fell in its quarterfinal matchup against Stony Brook on Saturday evening, 80-54. The Black Bears recorded their lowest point total of the season in the process as the squad's America East title bid was abruptly halted. 

The Seawolves shut Maine down on the defensive end, holding the Black Bears to just 54 points, which was two points shy of its previous lowest mark of 56, scored against Dartmouth on Dec. 1.

Xavier Pollard paced the Maine offense with 11 points, while Troy Reid-Knight was close to that total, scoring 10 points in his first postseason matchup.

Stony Brook spread the offense around as three players scored double-figure points as America East Player of the Year, Jameel Warney led the way with 15, while Carson Puriefoy and Dave Coley scored 14 and 13, respectively.

As a team Maine shot just 30 percent from the field going 17-of-55, while the Seawolves shot 42 percent from the game.

Turnovers ended up being the biggest downfall for the Black Bears as the squad gave it away a season-high 23 times, while Stony Brook only committed 16 turnovers.

The Seawolves opened the game on a 7-0 run, forcing a Maine timeout, just under two minuts into the first half.

Pollard stopped that run coming out of the timeout as he drained a trey to make it 7-3 at the 18:02 mark.

The Seawolves went on a 13-4 run headed to the midway point of the half as the Black Bears were mired in a scoreless streak that spanned nearly six minutes, when Pollard drained a pair of free throw chances to make it 20-9.

The offensive woes continued as the Seawolves went on another mini-run tallying three-straight buckets to force a Black Bears timeout at the 7:11 mark of the first half, down 26-9.

The Seawovles enjoyed an 11-7 run headed into the final media timeout of the half as Maine trailed 37-16 at the 3:57 mark.

The Seawolves closed the final four minutes on a 12-9 spurt as the squad went to halftime up 49-25.

Maine struggled from the field throughout the frame, shooting just 28 percent while Stony Brook shook off a rough start and finished shooting 48 percent from the field.

Maine's offense, as it has been throughout the season, was paced by Pollard, who scored 11 points and took down three rebounds. Meanwhile Coley led the Seawolves with 11 points.

The telltale of the half came in the turnover department as Maine gave it away 12 times to the Seawolves' four. Stony Brook also scored 14 points off those turnovers.

The Seawolves offense didn't cool down coming out of the half opening the first five minutes on a 12-4 run to take a 61-29 lead into the under 16:00 minute media timeout.

Maine began to gain some rhythm offensively as Reid-Knight helped to spark a 7-2 run hitting a trey and a jumper headed into a timeout with just over 13:00 minutes to play. Maine trailed 63-36.

The teams continued to trade points as the Seawolves edged the Black Bears on an 11-10 run headed into the final media timeout of the game but it wasn't enough as Maine fell short in their quest for a America East title, 80-54.

While the Black Bears finish the season 6-23 and 4-13 in conference play, Pollard was one of the bright spots for Maine as he was named to the America East third-team for his efforts this season. Pollard also finished the year recording 10-plus points in 13-straight contests and proving that he's one of the conferences' best.



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