Manhattan Upended by Stony Brook
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Manhattan dropped its first contest of 2013 as the Jaspers fell to Stony Brook (9-4) 50-44 Tuesday at Draddy Gymnasium. Junior forward Rhamel Brown led Manhattan (3-9) with 15 points in the squad's first home loss this season. Jameel Warney, Anthony Mayo and Scott King each scored eight points to pace Stony Brook.
Despite delivering one of its top defensive efforts this season, Manhattan did not have the offensive firepower to get past the Seawolves as they improved to 6-2 on the road. Both teams had their lowest scoring output of the season and shot below 35% from the field. Jaspers' senior guard Mohamed Koita was the only other player to post double-digits as he matched a career-high with 11 points.
Mayo and King anchored the offensive production of the Stony Brook bench that outscored the Jaspers' reserves 23-9. The duo shot 5-for-7 (71.4%) from the field, and King buried a pair of three-pointers.
There were only 10 points scored by both teams 10 minutes into the ballgame. Six minutes went by without a field goal in the first half. Neither team could open more than a five point lead as Stony Brook carried a 21-19 advantage into the break.
Manhattan rallied behind Koita in the early minutes of the second half. The Jaspers built a six point advantage, their largest lead of the contest. Manhattan scored 11 straight points with Koita's third three-pointer of the game coming at 13:56 to send the Jaspers out front 33-27.
Stony Brook countered with a 9-2 run to regain a one point lead with 4:15 remaining on a free-throw by junior guard Anthony Jackson. Jaspers' freshman forward Shane Richards answered with a key three the next trip down floor putting Manhattan up 40-38, before the Seawolves took the lead for good. Stony Brook got a three-pointer from Jackson, which was the beginning of seven straight points by the Seawolves.
The Jaspers struggled without injured senior guard George Beamon (16.8 ppg). Manhattan starting point guard Michael Alvarado (9.2 ppg) was sidelined for the majority of the ballgame after going down with an ankle injury on a fast break in the first half.
Manhattan missed 12 of 20 attempts at the free-throw line and shot 6-for-18 (33.3%) from beyond the arc. Stony Brook was only 3-for-15 (20.0%) from three-point territory, but connected on 15-of-22 (68.2%) free-throws.
Jaspers' sophomore forward Emmy Andujar collected a game-high 10 rebounds, going along with seven points and three assists. Brown grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots.
Stony Brook improved to 4-0 against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) opponents this season. The Seawolves have won four of their last six games.
Manhattan returns to MAAC action on Friday when it travels to Saint Peter's. The Jaspers enter the contest 1-1 in conference play. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, N.J.