Release: February 13, 2010
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Muhammad El-Amin poured in a career-high 31 points to carry league-leading Stony Brook (18-7, 10-2 America East) past visiting Binghamton (11-16, 6-6 AE) 81-61 in a men's basketball game Saturday night from Pritchard Gym. The Seawolves pinned a third-straight loss on the Bearcats and gained a split of the season series.
El-Amin, who entered the game with a 15.5 scoring average, was unstoppable and BU couldn't mount a series rally after falling behind by 14 at half. The Bearcats missed 14 of their first 18 shots in the second half, shot just 34% for the game and suffered their most lopsided conference loss in 31 games dating back to the 2007-08 season. Down 16 early in the second half, BU mounted a small run, cutting their deficit to 10, 56-46, with 15:07 remaining. But El-Amin scored seven points during an ensuing 14-0 Stony Brook run and the rout was on. The Seawolves shot 51% for the game to snap a six-game BU win streak in the head-to-head series.
Junior forward Greer Wright netted a team-high 28 points and junior forward Moussa Camara added 18 points for Binghamton. Wright hit 7-of-15 from the floor and 12-of-14 from the free throw line. He also added eight rebounds and four assists. Camara drilled 4-of-7 three-pointers but the rest of the team was 3-of-11 from beyond the arc.
For the second straight game, BU dug itself an early deficit, missing seven of its first eight shots, committing four turnovers and falling behind 27-11 with 9:31 left in the half. Down 35-17, the Bearcats used a 10-2 run to trim the gap to 37-27 with 3:42 remaining. Wright produced a three-pointer and five of his team-best 13 points during the run. But BU couldn't contain El-Amin and the Seawolves, who closed out the half on an 11-6 run to stake a 47-33 halftime bulge. Stony Brook, the league's most potent offense (69.7 ppg.), shot over 60% for most of the half and dropped the most first-half points on BU all season. El-Amin, who entered the game with a 15.5 average, netted 19 before intermission.
Binghamton wraps up its four-game road stretch Wednesday night at Boston University.
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