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El-Amin scores 26 as Stony Brook tops UMBC

It was another game and another win as Stony Brook topped UMBC, 86-72, in an America East men's basketball game last night.

But Seawolves coach Steve Pikiell didn't feel secure about anything in the days and hours before the game.

"I was a little nervous," Pikiell said. "It was kind of a setup game. It was a road game for us and senior night for them."

UMBC (3-24, 2-12) had dropped 14 of its last 16 games entering last night.

Pikiell's worries were put to rest as Muhammad El-Amin had 26 points and was one of four Stony Brook players to reach double figures.

"Our defense was just OK," Pikiell said. "But we were able to score."

Chris Martin had 17 points, Bryan Dougher had 14 points and Tommy Brenton chipped in 10.

"We have a lot of different weapons and some depth," Pikiell said.

It wasn't all that easy for Stony Brook, which led only 38-34 at the halftime break. But the Seawolves (19-7, 11-2) started the second half on a 22-7 run for a 60-41 lead with 11:57 left.

Although the team has already set the school record for wins as a Division I program, Pikiell isn't ready to start handing out any awards yet.

"I still have a team full of guys who've never been at this point before," he said. "We are still a [growing] program and we still do it 40 minutes at a time. We haven't accomplished anything yet."

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