By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
BAHAMIAN play in NCAA Division I basketball this week was highlighted by breakout games from players working themselves into the rotation with their new programmes.
Charles Bain scored in double figures for the first time in his collegiate career for the Robert Morris Colonials, Jaron Cornish had a career high assist game for the Stony Brook Sea Wolves and DeAndre Ayton (see story below) was perfect from the field as the Arizona Wildcats ended a three-game losing streak. Bain scored 10 points in the Colonials' 81-74 win over the Youngstown State Penguins Wednesday night. The freshman forward finished 4-7 from the field and his layup with 9:01 left to play in the second half sparked an 8-0 run for his team and regained the lead for good.
"We came out with really great energy to start the second half, but it has to be consistent and for the full 20 minutes," head coach Andrew Toole said. "Charles Bain also gave us some really good minutes in the second half."
Bain committed to the Colonials in April out of St John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. He is a part of a major roster overhaul for Robert Morris which includes a recruiting class featuring five freshman, a pair of junior college transfers, a transfer that will have to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer rules and two graduate transfers.
Cornish dished nine assists and added four steals off the bench in 20 minutes in the Seawolves' 101-58 win over Shawnee State Wednesday night.
"I was really happy with our effort," said Stony Brook head coach Jeff Boals. "Coming in to the game, our goal was to compete for 40 minutes and play hard. I thought we had a really good practice yesterday leading into the game, and I was pleased with the result."
It continued a productive week for Cornish after he finished with eight points, five rebounds and five assists in an 85-76 loss to Bucknell.
The junior guard transferred to Stony Brook after completing two NJCAA seasons with the Broward College Seahawks in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
After three losses in the Bahamas at the Battle 4 Atlantis that prompted their plummet from out of the top 25 rankings, the Wildcats got back in the win column with a 91-56 win over Long Beach State Wednesday night.
Ayton was a perfect 6-6 from the field, including his only three point attempt and finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.
He nearly posted a double-double in the first half with 10 points and eight rebounds as the Wildcats fed him the ball early and often.
After shooting a combined 10 of 54 (.185) from beyond the arc in last week's three games in the Bahamas, Arizona finished Wednesday evening 12 of 22 (.545) from deep.