STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Stony Brook outscored the University of Maine men’s basketball team 29-7 over the final 8:37 of the first half on Saturday, sparking the Seawolves to an 81-53 America East victory at Island Federal Credit Union Arena.
Isaiah White led the Black Bears (5-23, 3-10 AE) with 18 points, knocking down 8 of 20 field goal attempts and grabbing four rebounds. Andrew Fleming scored 12 points, tallied five boards and contributed two steals and two blocked shots. He exited the contest with an apparent injury after he was fouled hard after a slam with 17:49 left in the second half. Vincent Eze added nine points in 16 minutes of action.
Akwasi Yeboah recorded a game-high 27 points for the Seawolves, while Elijah Olaniyi (16) and Jaron Cornish (13) also reached double figures.
Both squads traded points to start the game in a tight defensive battle, as lead changed hands several times in the first 10 minutes to bring the score to 14-14. A Fleming jumper made the score 16-14 in favor of the Black Bears, as Fleming and White combined to score Maine’s first 16 points.
The Seawolves retook the lead at 17-16 on a 3-pointer, sparking an 18-0 surge which was halted by Maine on a jumper from Fleming. Stony Brook surged to a 43-23 halftime lead.
Twice in the second half, the Black Bears cut its deficit to 19 points at 48-29 and 55-36, but the Seawolves outscored Maine 38-30 in the second half.
The Black Bears return home for a matchup with UMass Lowell on Wednesday night at the Cross Insurance Center. Maine will close out its home schedule on Saturday with Senior Day against Binghamton.