Sunday, December 6, 2009

Women's Basketball Dominant in Win Over St. Francis (N.Y.) 71-40

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Behind a pair of double-doubles from senior Joia Daniels (Silver Spring, Md.) and sophomore Destiny Jacobs (Glen Burnie, Md.), Stony Brook University's women's basketball team toppled St. Francis (N.Y.), 71-40, on Sunday afternoon in Pritchard Gymnasium. Junior Kirsten Jeter(Elmont, N.Y.) led all scorers with 20. Stony Brook improves to 2-5 with the win while St. Francis drops to 0-7 (0-1 NEC).

"This victory is big for our confidence," said head coach Michele Cherry. "This was the closest we've come to playing a complete game all year and I'm proud of the energy we came with today."

Proof of the Seawolves' energy could be found in the way they attacked the offensive glass. Stony Brook grabbed a season-high 26 offensive rebounds and 57 total rebounds. Jacobs had a team-best 11 boards while Daniels, who was named the America East Player of the Game, finished with ten.

All the offensive rebounds gave the Seawolves extra chances to score, which they took advantage of to the tune of 27 second chance points. One of those buckets came during a 8-0 run by the Seawolves when Daniels grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds before scoring a layup to put SBU in front 14-7.

When Stony Brook wasn't using the offensive glass to score points they were capitalizing off mistakes made by St. Francis. The Seawolves forced the Terriers into 22 total turnovers, converting them into 29 points.

Leading by 12 at intermission, SBU used a 20-8 run to start the second half to pull away from the Terriers. Stony Brook's lead would grow to as many as 27 on a jumper by Daniels with 9:31 remaining before St. Francis made a run. Behind five points from Jacinda Williams, the Terriers rattled off eight unanswered points in just under two minutes to pull within 19 at 56-37. However, a baseline jumper from junior Misha Horsey (Wyncote, Pa.) would snap a four-minute scoreless streak from the Seawolves and return the lead to more than 20 points. Stony Brook's defense would close the game out as they held the Terriers without a field goal for the final 4:48 of the half. 


Stony Brook's starting backcourt of Horsey and freshman Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.) combined to score 16 points, grab seven boards and dish out five assists. Senior Crystal Rushin (Valley Stream, N.Y.) was solid for the Seawolves off the bench, recording eight points and seven rebounds.

SBU's next game will be a home contest against Fairfield on Wednesday night. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. and tickets can be bought online at

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Men's Basketball Rallies For 63-60 Victory Over Columbia

Junior Chris Martin (Springfield Gardens, N.Y.) scored a game-high 18 points and the Stony Brook University men’s basketball team rallied from a 12-point second half deficit for a 63-60 victory over the Columbia Lions on Saturday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium. Stony Brook improves to 6-2 with the victory, its best start since 1992-93. 

“What a terrific win for our guys against a very good and experienced Columbia team,” Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. “We really played well on the defensive end in the second half and then made enough plays down the stretch to get a hard-earned victory. I couldn’t be prouder of my team.”   

Martin and sophomore Danny Carter (London, England) combined for 16 points in Stony Brook’s game-ending 25-10 run. Carter finished with 12 points while sophomore Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) chipped in with 12 as well. Martin finished 10-for-11 from the foul line. 

Columbia (3-4) took its largest lead of the game, at 50-38, with 14:11 remaining following a 10-0 run. But the Seawolves came roaring back, running off nine straight points over the next two and half minutes to close within three. The Lions would push their lead back to six but Carter drilled back-to-back threes to tie the game at 54 with seven and a half minutes left. 

The teams traded baskets over the next minute before sophomore Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) stole the ball and took it the length of the court for a thunderous dunk that put the Seawolves up by two. Stony Brook maintained the two-point lead until Martin scored on a driving hoop with under two minutes left to put SBU up 60-56. 

Columbia would close within two on a Noruwa Agho bucket and then stopped the Seawolves on the ensuing possession, giving them the ball with 40 seconds left. SBU forced a miss on the next possession though and Martin then hit two free throws to push the Stony Brook lead back to four. 

Patrick Foley answered with a layup for the Lions and Dougher then missed the front end of a one-and-one to give Columbia a chance to tie or take the lead with 11 seconds left. But Foley missed on a jumper with four seconds left and sophomore Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) grabbed the rebound. 

Carter then hit one of two from the line with one second left and the Lions were unable to got a shot off before time expired as the Seawolves improved to 3-0 at home this season. Stony Brook’s bench outscored Columbia’s bench, 34-12.   

Columbia jumped to an early 7-6 lead but freshman Preye Preboye (Springfield, Mass.) then scored an inside hoop from to give SBU an 8-7 advantage. Columbia answered with a 7-2 run to take a three point lead before Martin scored on a three-point play to tie the game with 11 minutes remaining in the half. 

Dougher followed with a three and senior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) then knocked down a fade-away jumper, after a Columbia free throw, to put the Seawolves on top by four. SBU pushed its lead to six a possession later as Martin set-up Joyner for an alley-oop that forced a Columbia timeout. 

The Lions closed within two but El-Amin then drilled a three from the right wing to push the Stony Brook lead back to five. The Seawolves would eventually build their lead back to six with six minutes left on a put-back from Carter. 

Columbia rallied to tie the game at 29 with just under three minutes remaining in the half, but Martin then knocked down two free throws to put SBU back on top by two. But the Lions scored five straight points to take a 34-31 advantage going into the break. 

The Columbia lead grew to five early in the second half before Dougher scored four straight to bring SBU within one. The Lions answered with four of their own before Dougher knocked down three to make it 40-38. 

Brenton grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for the Seawolves, his third straight game with double-digit boards. SBU held the Lions to 38.2 shooting for the game, the sixth time this season it has held its opponent under 40 percent shooting. 

Stony Brook returns to action on Tuesday, traveling to take on Fordham. Game time is set for 7 p.m. 

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Men's Basketball Battles But Falls To St. John's, 63-55

Sophomore Bryan Dougher leads Seawolves with 13 points.

Queens, N.Y. - Sophomore Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) led three Seawolves in double-figures with 13 points and the Stony Brook University men's basketball team held the St. John's Red Storm to 39.6 percent shooting but D.J. Kennedy scored a game-high 19 points as the Red Storm built an early lead and then held on late for a 63-55 victory over the Seawolves on Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena. Stony Brook falls to 5-2 with the loss while St. John's improves to 6-0.

"I'm really proud of the way our team competed out there tonight," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "We just weren't able to execute on the offensive end like we needed to. But give credit to St. John's, they're a very good basketball team."

Senior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) and sophomore Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va) each added 11 points for the Seawolves, who have held five of their seven opponents under 40 percent shooting this season. Sophomore Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) chipped in with four points and a game-high 12 rebounds for SBU.

The Red Storm jumped to a 12-1 lead four minutes in before Dougher hit a tough runner in the lane to jump start a 6-0 Seawolves run that cut the St. John's lead to five. The Red Storm would score five of the next seven points to boost their lead to 10 midway through the half before Joyner scored on an inside hoop to make it 19-11.

St. John's then went on a 7-1 run to build its lead to 14 with five minutes left before Dougher scored on a driving lay-up to make it 26-14. Stony Brook would go into the break trailing by 10, at 30-20, following a tip-in from senior Desmond Adedeji (Landover, Md.) with 20 seconds remaining.

The Seawolves would get within nine early in the second half on an Adedeji dunk before the Red Storm answered with four straight to push their lead to 35-22. Senior Eddie Castellanos (Jersey City, N.J.) answered with a runner in the lane and then scored again seconds later when Dougher saved the ball on the St. John's end-line and flung it to Castellanos, who corralled the ball just beyond midcourt and dribbled in for the easy layup to cut the SBU deficit back to nine.

But Kennedy answered with eight straight points for the Red Storm to give SJU its largest lead of game, at 43-26, with 12 minutes remaining. Joyner would score five of the Seawolves next seven points to help trim the SJU lead to 12 but Justin Brownlee scored four points in a row to make it 49-33 in favor of the Red Storm.

The Seawolves would not go away though, trimming their deficit to 11 with just over five minutes remaining following a long Dougher three and a Joyner free throw. But the Red Storm had an answer, scoring seven straight points to take their largest lead of the game, 57-39, with 2:18 remaining.

Stony Brook trimmed its deficit to eight with under a minute left on an El-Amin three but that is as close as they would get as St. John's held on and handed SBU its second loss of the season. Sean Brown added 12 points for the Red Storm, while Brownlee chipped in with 11.

Stony Brook returns to action on Saturday, when they play host to Columbia at Pritchard Gymnasium in a game that will be televised live on MSG Plus. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Seawolves ticket office at 631-632-WOLF.

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.