Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Men's Basketball Uses Big First Half To Defeat Lehigh, 71-52

Sophomore Bryan Dougher knocks down a career-high six three-pointers,

Bethlehem, Pa. - Sophomore Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) knocked down a career-high six three-pointers on his way to a game-high 18 points and the Stony Brook University men's basketball team used a 27-3 first half run to defeat the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 71-52, on Monday night at Stabler Arena. Stony Brook improves to 5-1 with the victory, matching its best start since the 1992-93 season.
"This was a quality win on the road against a very good Lehigh team," head coach Steve Pikiell said. "We shared the ball well offensively and played outstanding defense for 40 minutes."
Dougher knocked down five of his six three-pointers in the first half for the Seawolves, who held the Mountain Hawks to 30.2 percent shooting. Sophomore Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) tied a career-high with 14 points while sophomore Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) added four points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Seawolves jumped to an early 7-5 lead behind five points from senior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) and two from freshman Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.). A Marquis Hall three would gave Lehigh a brief one-point lead but Dougher answered with a three from the right wing to spark a 9-0 Seawolves run that put Stony Brook up 16-8 with 12 minutes remaining.
Lehigh would end that run with a three from Rob Keefer but the Seawolves answered with 18 straight points, capped by a put-back dunk from Brenton, to take a 34-11 lead with eight minutes left in the half. Joyner had seven points during the run for the Seawolves, while Dougher added six. The Seawolves held the Mountain Hawks to just one field goal over an almost nine minute span during the 27-3 run.

Lehigh responded with an 11-2 spurt to cut the Seawolves advantage to 14 with three minutes left in the half but Dougher then sandwiched two more threes around a Rouse driving lay-up to push the Stony Brook lead back to 22. Holden Greiner hit two free throws on the other end but sophomore Danny Carter (London, England) drilled a three with time running down to send SBU into the half with a 47-24 advantage.
Lehigh would cut the Seawolves lead to 18 early in the second half but Joyner completed a three-point play and freshman Preye Preboye (Springfield, Mass.) followed with a fast-break hoop to push the SBU lead back to 23 with just over 15 minutes left in the game. A Carter three just over a minute later would give Stony Brook its largest lead of the game to that point at 58-34.
Lehigh would cut the Seawolves lead to 18 with 5:56 remaining on two Keefer free throws. But Brenton answered with a put-back hoop and Dougher followed with his sixth three of the game to push the lead back to 23.
The Mountain Hawks would get no closer than 20 the rest of the way as the Seawolves improved to 3-1 on the road, its best start away from home since the 1990-91 season. John Adams led Lehigh with 13 points.
Stony Brook returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to take on Big East foe St. John's in a game that will be televised on SportsNet New York (SNY).Game time is set for 7 p.m.