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Saturday, February 7, 2009

MEN'S BASKETBALL LOSSES OVERTIME THRILLER TO BINGHAMTON, 63-61


Freshman Tommy Brenton ties a school record with 17 rebounds.

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Emanuel Mayben hit the game-winning jumper with 3.8 seconds left in overtime to lead the Binghamton Bearcats to a 63-61 victory over the Stony Brook University men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon before a sold out Pritchard Gymnasium. Junior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) scored a team-high 16 points for the Seawolves, while freshman Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) tied a school record with 17 rebounds. Stony Brook falls to 13-11 overall and 5-6 in the America East with the loss while Binghamton improves to 15-8 and 8-3.
"I'm disappointed in the loss but I'm extremely proud of the heart our guys showed this afternoon," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "Give credit to Binghamton though, they're a terrific basketball team and they made the plays they had to down the stretch."
El-Amin grabbed seven rebounds to go along with his 16 points for the Seawolves, who out-rebounded the Bearcats 52-33. Senior Demetrius Young (Sacramento, Calif.) added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Stony Brook and was named its America East Player of the Game. D.J. Rivera scored a game-high 22 points for Binghamton, with Reggie Fuller adding 20. Mayben recorded 10 assists as he was selected the America East Player of the Game for the Bearcats.
Rivera sent the game into overtime, knocking down a short jumper with 7.8 seconds left in regulation. The teams then exchanged the lead five times over the first two minutes of the extra period, with the Bearcats holding a 57-56 lead on two Fuller free throws with 3:01 left. Binghamton would push its lead to three on two Mayben free throws with 1:45 remaining but SBU would draw to within one on a put-back hoop from freshman Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) with 1:20 to go.

Rivera answered with a lay-in but sophomore Chris Martin (Springfield Gardens, N.Y.) knocked down a short jumper with 33 seconds left to bring Stony Brook back within one. Chretien Lukusa missed both free throws on Binghamton's next possession and Brenton then hit one of two free throws with nine seconds remaining to tie the game at 61. But Mayben followed with the game-winning jumper to give the Bearcats their second victory over the Seawolves this season.
Binghamton led 47-43 with 3:15 remaining in regulation but El-Amin completed a three-point play with 2:31 left to draw the Seawolves within one and Dougher then knocked down a three from the left wing to put Stony Brook up two with 1:41 to go in the game. Binghamton then turned the ball over on its ensuing possession and Young followed with a lay-in to put SBU up four.
Rivera would knock down a three to draw the Bearcats within one with 38.7 seconds remaining before Dougher then knocked down one of two free throws to put the Seawolves up two. But Rivera then hit a jumper from 12 feet out with 7.8 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
The Seawolves jumped to a 5-0 lead just under three minutes into the game on a Dougher three and a put-back hoop from freshman Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.). Binghamton answered with seven straight points but El-Amin then knocked down a three to start an 11-1 Stony Brook spurt that put the Seawolves up 16-8 with 10:30 remaining.
Binghamton scored 10 of the next 12 points though, tying the game at 18 on a Fuller dunk with 6:20 left. The Bearcats would eventually grab the lead on a Rivera dunk with five minutes left but Brenton then scored on a put-back hoop to put SBU back on top.
The Bearcats answered with four straight points to take a 25-22 lead but Martin came back with a short jumper and Young then converted a gorgeous alley-oop dunk off a feed from El-Amin to give SBU a 26-25 advantage with just over two minutes left until halftime. Binghamton scored five of the final seven points of the half though to take a 30-28 lead into the break.
Martin scored a team-high eight points in the opening period for the Seawolves, who had seven different players score in the first half. Fuller scored a game-high 14 points in the first 20 minutes for Binghamton, which shot 50 percent from the field in the first half.
Stony Brook would tie the game at 34 just over two minutes into the second half on an El-Amin hoop but both teams would then struggle to score over the next several minutes as the Bearcats grabbed a slim 37-36 lead midway through the half. But Young and Dougher then knocked down four straight free throws over the next minute to put SBU on top 40-37 with 9:15 remaining in the game.
The Seawolves return to action on Thursday, hosting the Albany Great Danes at Pritchard Gymnasium. Thursday's game will be televised live on MSG Plus. Game time is set for 7 p.m.