SOUTH ORANGE, N.J., Sporting Alert — No. 12 Seton Hall secured a comfortable 74-57 victory over Stony Brook, as coach Kevin Willard returned to the bench, following an NCAA program investigation.
However, the Pirates will be without preseason All-America guard Myles Powell, who left the game with what has been described as a “serious” ankle sprain.
The Big East preseason player of the year sprained his left ankle five minutes into the contest and didn’t return. He has two rebounds and missed his only attempt from the field.
Quincy McKnight, who scored 14 points in the win said Powell’s injury affected the team.
“It affected us a lot,” McKnight said of the injury. “All-American, Big East Preseason Player of the year, a guy who scores 25-plus points for us, yeah, it’s hard when he goes down that early and it’s only the second game of the season.
“Nobody thought that would happen, so that happened and it kind of took the energy out of our team. It just took us out of our whole rhythm.”
Sandro Mamukelashvili scored 17 points with five rebounds, while Jared Rhoden scored 11 points and Romaro Gill had a double-double with 10 points and 10 assists for Seton Hall (2-0), which beat Wagner in its season opener.
Makale Foreman led the way for Stony Brook with 16 points and five rebounds and Mouhamadou Gueye added 14 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks.
Elijah Oaniyi ended with 14 points for the Seawolves (0-2).
Stony Brook led 33-31 at halftime but was outscored 43-24 in the second half.
Stony Brook will host Farmingdale State on Monday.
Seton Hall has a date with No. 1 Michigan State in Newark on Thursday.