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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Jeter's Double-Double Leads Women's Basketball to 69-57 Victory Over New Hampshire


Box Score

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Kirsten Jeter (Elmont, N.Y.) scored 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Stony Brook University's women's basketball team defeated New Hampshire, 69-57, in America East Conference action on Wednesday night in Pritchard Gymnasium. The victory snaps a six-game slide for the Seawolves and moves them to 3-11 (1-1 America East) on the season while New Hampshire drops to 5-9 (0-2).

"We put together a total team effort tonight and it showed," said head Michele Cherry. "From start to finish we played hard, especially on the defensive end. Tamiel Murray was a huge spark for us and Dani Klupenger did a great job coming off the bench."

After a sluggish start, Stony Brook opened a three-point advantage on a transition three from freshman Dani Klupenger (Aurora, Ore.). On the following UNH possession, Klupenger forced a turnover which ended in a layup by sophomore Tamiel Murray (Teaneck, N.J.), extending the Seawolves lead to five with 14:50 remaining.

UNH would trim its deficit to two on a tough fall away jumper by Amy Simpson with 10:47 left, but SBU would answer with eight-straight points, including another three from Klupenger to build a double-digit cushion. The Wildcats would bounce right back, however, scoring 10 unanswered points to knot the score at 21-21 with just under six minutes remaining.

After combining to score 42 points in the first 14 minutes of the game, the two teams lit up the scoreboard over the next three minutes, scoring a total of 17 points with the Seawolves accounting for nine of them. Jeter would score five of her 15 first-half points during the stretch. SBU would finish the half off with a 7-0 run, including a three-pointer at the buzzer by junior Misha Horsey (Wyncote, Pa.) to take a 37-29 lead into halftime.

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Stony Brook weathered an early 6-0 run by the Wildcats at the start of the second half and responded by scoring 13 of the next 20 points. Horsey and freshman Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.) each hit a jumper and three during the Seawolves' run. Horsey scored a season-high 16 points on the night.

A jumper from Jeter with 11:20 left would build the Seawolves lead to 11, but it would also be SBU's last point for almost four-and-a-half minutes. While the Seawolves were struggling on offense, their defense picked up the slack, forcing three UNH turnovers while allowing the Wildcats to score just two points.

After committing an average of six more turnovers per game than its opponents in its last three contests, the Seawolves turned the ball over a season-low nine times, ten fewer times than UNH. SBU also connected a season-high six three pointers, shooting 40% from beyond the arc.

Jeter and UNH's Candace Williams, who had a team-high 17 points and seven rebounds, were named the America East Players of the Game. Murray had a game-high five steals, leading the Seawolves to 13 total thefts on the night.

Stony Brook's next game will be this Saturday in Vestal, N.Y. The Seawolves take on Binghamton at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Newsday Area Poll - Week of 1/4

1. St John’s (10-4)
2. Seton Hall (9-4)
3. Rutgers (9-4)
4. Hofstra (8-6)
5. Iona (9-5)
6. Princeton (7-4)
7. Stony Brook (9-5)
8. Army (9-4)
9. Fairfield (10-3)
10. Rider (8-7)

Eligible teams: St. John's, Hofstra, Stony Brook, Wagner, Iona, Fordham, Manhattan, Columbia, LIU, St. Francis NY, Rutgers, Seton Hall, FDU, St. Peter's, Rider, Army, Princeton, NJIT, Monmouth and Fairfield.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Dougher's Career Day Leads Men's Basketball To 84-75 Victory Over Boston University in America East Opener


Sophomore Bryan Dougher scores career-high 30 points.

Final Stats
Boston, Mass. - Sophomore Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) scored a career-high 30 points, including a career-best eight three-pointers, to lead the Stony Brook University men's basketball team to an 84-75 victory over the Boston University Terriers in the America East opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Case Gymnasium. Stony Brook improves to 9-5 overall and 1-0 in the America East while BU falls to 5-8 and 0-1.
"What a terrific win on the road against a very good Boston University team," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell. "We played with great energy and our execution, especially down the stretch, was very good.
Dougher scored 21 of his 30 points in the second half for the Seawolves, who hit a season high 12 three-pointers. Senior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) added 23 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) chipped in with 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
It was the first ever regular season victory at Case Gymnasium for Stony Brook, which shot a season-high 48.1 percent from the field. Jake O'Brien scored 27 points to lead the Terriers.
The Seawolves jumped to a 10-2 lead just over three minutes in behind six early points from El-Amin and four from Brenton. The Terriers rallied to take a 23-16 lead with 12 minutes remaining in the half following a three from John Holland but the Seawolves answered with six straight points, including two long jumpers from freshman Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.), to draw SBU within one midway through the half.
Tyler Morris scored on a driving layup to push the BU lead back to three but Brenton then knocked down a three from the right side to tie the game at 25. Dougher gave the Seawolves the lead a minute later as he knocked down back-to-back threes following a John Holland hoop to give Stony Brook a four point advantage.

BU regained the lead on a Carlos Strong three but Dougher drilled his third three of the half to give SBU a 34-32 lead with four minutes to go in the half. The Seawolves eventually built the lead to four on two free throws from freshman Preye Preboye (Springfield, Mass.) before Jake O'Brien knocked down a three to cut the SBU lead back to one.
An El-Amin three-point play with just over a minute remaining sent SBU into the break with a 41-37 lead. The Seawolves shot 48.4 percent in the half and knocked down seven of their 11 three-point attempts.
Stony Brook built its lead to six early in the second half on a thunderous put-back dunk from sophomore Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.). The Terriers cut the Stony Brook advantage to two on a three from Strong but Brenton then hit one of two free throws and Dougher followed with a three to put the Seawolves back up by six with 13:37 remaining in the game.
Strong scored on a fade-away jumper to cut the SBU lead back to four but Dougher knocked down a long three and then hit one of two free throws to give SBU a 56-48 advantage. O'Brien scored four straight points to cut the Seawolves lead to four but Dougher drilled back-to-back threes to push the Stony Brook lead to 10.
The Seawolves lead grew to 13 on a driving lay-up from El-Amin with six minutes left and Dougher then followed with his eighth three of the game to put SBU up 70-54. The Terriers closed within eight with under two minutes left but junior Chris Martin (Springfield Gardens, N.Y.) and Dougher knocked down two free throws each to seal the victory for SBU.
The Seawolves return to action on Thursday, hosting Hartford at Pritchard Gymnasium. Game time is set for 7 p.m. For ticket information go to www.goseawolves.org or call 631-632-WOLF.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Brenton Leads Men's Basketball To 69-60 Win Over Holy Cross



Post Game Press Conference | Box Score

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Sophomore Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) scored a career-high 18 points, including six in the Seawolves game-ending 8-0 run, to lead the Stony Brook University men's basketball team to a hard fought 69-60 victory over the Holy Cross Crusaders on Thursday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium. Stony Brook improves to 8-5 with the victory while Holy Cross falls to 2-11.

"I was proud of the way our team played today," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "We got great contributions from a lot of guys and made the stops we needed to make down the stretch to win the game."

Stony Brook's America East Player of the Game, Brenton also grabbed 11 rebounds to record his second double-double of the season. SophomoreBryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) added 18 points for Stony Brook, while senior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) chipped in with 12 points and a career-high six steals. Stony Brook turned the ball over just eight times and scored 29 points off 18 Holy Cross turnovers.

Stony Brook led by two with six and a half minutes left following a free throw from Andrew Keister but freshman Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.) answered with a three to put Stony Brook in front 58-53. Holy Cross scored seven of the next 10 points though to close within one with 3:49 remaining in the game.

That would be the last points the Crusaders scored as Brenton put in an El-Amin miss on the Seawolves next possession to put SBU up by three. The Seawolves then forced a turnover on the Crusaders ensuing possession and El-Amin fed Brenton for a thunderous dunk on the other end that put SBU up 65-60 with 2:15 remaining. 

 
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Brenton put the game away less than a minute later as he knocked down two free throws to give the Seawolves a seven-point lead they would not relinquish. Brenton was 8-for-9 from the free throw line for the Seawolves, who totaled their second most assists this season (16).

The Seawolves jumped on the Crusaders early on, scoring the first 11 points of the game. Dougher had eight of those points on two three-pointers and a runner in the lane. Holy Cross scored the next five points to climb within six but Stony Brook answered with six straight points to push its lead to 17-6 just under six minutes into the game.

Stony Brook still led by 11 midway through the half following an inside hoop from Brenton but Holy Cross then went on a 9-2 run over the next four minutes to draw within four with 5:53 to go in the first half.

SBU had an answer though as Brenton scored on a spinning move to the basket and sophomore Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) then knocked down two free throws to give SBU a 29-21 lead. Holy Cross scored seven of the next nine points to cut the SBU advantage to three with two minutes left before Dougher scored on a fast-break hoop to put Stony Brook up 33-28.

Devin Brown knocked down two free throws to make it 33-30 but Rouse stripped Brown on the Crusaders next possession and passed it to Brenton, who was intentionally fouled. Brenton hit both freebies and El-Amin then drilled a three from the right wing on Stony Brook's ensuing possession to send SBU into the break with a 38-30 lead.

Holy Cross scored the first bucket of the second half but Dougher then knocked down a three off a feed from Joyner to put SBU on top by nine. The Crusaders trimmed the Stony Brook lead to five with 17 minutes left but El-Amin knocked down two free throws and then converted a fast-break lay-up off a pass from Dougher to push the Seawolves advantage back to nine. The Crusaders made another run at the Seawolves though, going on an 11-4 spurt over the next five minutes to cut SBU's lead to 52-50 with nine and a half minutes remaining. But SBU had an answer as Dougher knocked down a three from the right wing to push the SBU lead to five.

Andrew Beinert scored a team-high 16 points for Holy Cross, while Keister chipped in with 13 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. R.J. Evans added 12 for the Crusaders.

Stony Brook returns to action on Saturday, traveling to take on Boston University in its America East Conference opener. Game time is set for 12 p.m. and the game will be televised on MSG Plus.