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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

DOUGHER'S CAREER-HIGH 24 POINTS LEAD MEN'S BASKETBALL TO 60-39 VICTORY OVER NJIT


Seawolves win second straight game.


Newark, N.J. - Freshman Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) knocked down five three-pointers on his way to a career-high 24 points to lead the Stony Brook University men's basketball team to a 60-39 victory over the New Jersey Tech Highlanders on Tuesday night at the Fleisher Athletic Center. Stony Brook improves to 3-3 with the victory while the Highlanders fall to 0-6.
"I couldn't be happier with the effort and intensity our guys played with on the defensive end tonight," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "Bryan got us off to a tremendous start and then our defense really took over the game."
Dougher was spectacular for the Seawolves, scoring 18 of his 24 points in the opening half. The 6-1 guard shot 6-for-8 from the field for the game in addition to knocking down seven of his nine free throw attempts. Junior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich) added 13 points for the Seawolves who held the Highlanders to 30 percent (15-for-50) shooting from the field.
The Seawolves were sharp from the start, opening the game on a 14-4 run behind Dougher who scored the Seawolves first eight points on two three-pointers and a driving lay-up. The Seawolves defense was stifling to open the game, holding the Highlanders to just two baskets over the first 10 minutes of the contest.
SBU pushed its lead to 12 minutes later on two free throws from junior Andrew Goba (Durban, South Africa) and another three from Dougher. NJIT would cut the Seawolves lead to nine at 22-13 with just under six minutes left in the opening half but Dougher once against had an answer, knocking down his fourth three of the half to put SBU back up by 12.

The Seawolves still led by 12 at 27-15 with just three minutes remaining in the first period but freshman Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) then got free from an easy lay-up and Dougher followed with another three-pointer to send Stony Brook to the break with its largest lead of the game at 32-15.
Dougher, the America East Player of the Game, was sensational in the opening 20 minutes, shooting 6-for-7 from the field and 5-for-6 from three in addition to recording three steals. El-Amin chipped in eight first-half points for the Seawolves who forced 14 NJIT turnovers while holding the Highlanders to 20.9 percent (5-for-24) shooting in the opening period.
Stony Brook continued its strong play to open the second half going on a 7-2 run, highlighted by a Brenton fast-break dunk, to build its lead to 39-17 with just under 16 minutes remaining in the game. NJIT would cut the lead to 16 on a Teddy Schickel lay-up with just under 11 minutes left but El-Amin answered with five straight Seawolves points to build the SBU lead back to 20 with 9:50 remaining.
Brenton followed with four straight points, on two free throws and a tough runner in the lane, to give the Seawolves their largest lead of the game at 50-26. NJIT would close to within 19 on a Gary Garris dunk with just under four minutes left but Dougher set up senior Demetrius Young (Sacramento, Calif.) for an easy lay-up on the ensuing possession as the Seawolves coasted to their second straight victory.
The Seawolves return to action on Friday, hosting Lehigh at Pritchard Gymnasium. Game time is set for 7 p.m.