When you play at 6AM there are bound to be some offensive struggles. That was certainly the case for Rider and Stony Book. In the first half Rider failed to score in nearly nine minutes and in the 2nd half the host Broncs scored just three baskets in the first eight minutes. In the end Stony Brook was able to come away with a 54-46 victory.
Rider jumped out to a 17-11 lead over Stony Brook despite the fact that their star, St. John’s transfer Nurideen Lindsey was held to four points and was saddled with two quick fouls. Stony Brook then went on a 17-4 run to end the half, which included a scoring drought of nine minutes 54 seconds before Dera-Nd Ezum and Lindsey made layups to cut the Seawolves halftime lead to 28-21.
Lindsey got his wake up call at halftime as the Broncs erased the halftime deficit thanks to some pressure defense and a run of nine straight points from Lindsey. When his half court prayer was answered and then Anthony Myles created a turnover and a thunderous dunk the game was tied at 41. Lindsey scored 13 of his 17 in the 2nd half and Myles had 16 but it wasn’t enough.
Stony Brook used balanced scoring led by Dave Cooley and Anthony Jackson each with 12 as the Seawolves finished the game on a 13-5 run, making 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.