Manhattan (5-22) at Stony Brook (11-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 19th, 2:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Pritchard Gymnasium (1,680) -- Stony Brook, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Manhattan 3-10, Stony Brook 6-6. Away Record: Manhattan 2-9, Stony Brook 5-9. Neutral Record: Manhattan 0-3, Stony Brook 0-0. Conference Record: Manhattan 3-13, Stony Brook 6-8. Series Record: First- ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: For the first-time ever Stony Brook and Manhattan will collide on the hardwood when the Seawolves host the Jaspers in a BracketBuster bout at Pritchard Gymnasium.
The Jaspers have spent plenty of time in the loss column this season, 22 times to be exact. With only five wins under their belts, three of which have come in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play, the Jaspers take to the road looking for a win, as they are a miserable 2-9 as the visitor this season.
As for the Seawolves, they will take a break from America East Conference play for this game. Stony Brook fell to 6-8 in conference play with a 58-43 loss to Albany in its last matchup and the setback snapped a two-game winning streak. The Seawolves have racked up 11 wins on the year and six of those victories have come at home.
The Jaspers can attribute their poor season to their play offensively, as the team comes into this matchup averaging just 59.6 ppg, behind a 39.9 percent shooting effort. Manhattan's poor execution at the offensive end of the floor was evident in the team's recent loss to Iona, as the Jaspers posted just 65 points on a 39.1 percent shooting effort. George Beamon, who is leading the team with 15.9 ppg and is also grabbing 6.3 rpg, led the way in the setback with 21 points, while Demetrius Jemison and Rhamel Brown tallied 19 and 12 points, respectively. Jemison has missed some time this season, but when on the floor he is a force in the paint and is posting 10.7 ppg, to go along with a team-best 8.7 rpg.
The Seawolves have suffered through similar problems offensively, but despite their meager 59.7 ppg the team has still managed to rack up 11 wins. Stony Brook's lack of success offensively was on display in the recent loss to Albany, as the Seawolves finished with just 43 points in the matchup. Stony Brook shot at a woeful 30.9 percent clip and made just four of its 18 three- point attempts. Leonard Hayes was the only player in double figures for Stony Brook as the guard finished with 18 points. As for the team's leading scorer, Bryan Dougher (13.1 ppg), he had a rough outing, netting just one of his nine attempts, en route to a three-point effort.
Neither team has played well offensively, so do not expect fireworks today. However, the Jaspers should have a solid performance thanks to a much more dangerous frontcourt.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Manhattan 69, Stony Brook 57
02/19 10:37:44 ET