STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Stony Brook University opened the second half with an 11-0 spurt that opened up a close game and sparked the Seawolves to a 79-61 America East men’s basketball victory over the University of Maine Sunday at Pritchard Gym.
Stony Brook shot 52 percent from the field en route to its sixth straight win, which came on the heels of Friday’s three-point victory over Vermont. The Seawolves (15-6, 7-0 AE) hold first place in the conference standings.
For coach Ted Woodward’s UMaine ballclub (3-16, 1-6 AE), it was the sixth consecutive loss dating back to a Jan. 5 win over Binghamton.
Ahmad Walker went 9-for-12 from the field en route to a game-best 22 points and also pulled down 11 rebounds to help Stony Brook earn a 40-28 advantage. Dave Coley provided 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
The Seawolves also received 11 points, five assists and three steals from Carson Puriefoy, while Eric McAlister posted 10 points and seven rebounds.
UMaine was spearheaded by the 19-point, five-rebound, five-assist effort of junior point guard Xavier Pollard. Sophomore Till Gloger provided 10 points and classmate Shaun Lawton chipped in with eight points, five assists and two steals.
The Black Bears struggled at the offensive end in the first half, but played good enough defense to be within 27-20 at the break.
Stony Brook wasted no time asserting itself early in the second half. Walker got the Seawolves going by snipping a 3-pointer, then the hosts eventually converted a UMaine turnover on Jameel Warney’s jumper.
Warney dunked on the next possession, then Coley made a layup off his own steal and added another drive to the basket to cap an 11-0 surge that put the Seawolves in front 38-20 less than three minutes into the half.
UMaine never got closer than 12 after that and trailed by as many as 24 points later in the half.
The Black Bears are back in action Wednesday at 7 p.m. at New Hampshire.