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Stony Brook comes back from 22-0, beats George Washington in OT

Akwasi Yeboah had a putback of his own miss with 1.9 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

Stony Brook forward Elijah Olaniyi shoots a free

Stony Brook forward Elijah Olaniyi shoots a free throw during the second half of a game at Island FCU Arena on Jan. 18. Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato

WASHINGTON — Elijah Olaniyi scored a career-high 20 points with 10 rebounds and Stony Brook stunned George Washington 77-74 in overtime Tuesday night after falling behind 22-0 in the season opener.

Stony Brook’s Akwasi Yeboah had a putback of his own miss with 1.9 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. George Washington had the ball and the lead after a timeout with 5.1 seconds left but turned it over on a five-second violation.

Andrew Garcia hit a three-pointer from the left corner to give Stony Brook its first lead, 66-64, with 3:55 left in overtime. The Colonials tied it at 66 but Yeboah’s three-pointer put Stony Brook up for good 69-66.

Both teams missed free throws late but after Stony Brook’s Miles Latimer made 1 of 2 with 6.7 seconds left, Armel Potter missed a tying three-point attempt at the buzzer.

Stony Brook missed its first 18 shots, 10 of them three-pointers. The Seawolves made two free throws with 10:04 left in the half and their first basket with 9:17 remaining. They cut the deficit to 34-24 at the half, scoring the last 10 points.

“I could not be more proud of our guys,” Stony Brook coach Jeff Boals said. “We were down 22-0 and just kept chipping away and battling back. We found a way to win and that is what championship teams do.” — AP

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