Stony Brook topped Hartford, 74-50, in an America East basketball matchup Tuesday night at Chase Arena in Hartford. With the victory and rival Vermont's stunning loss to previously winless Binghamton Tuesday night, the Seawolves gained sole possession of first place in the conference with one game remaining.
Dallis Joyner had 13 points and six rebounds and Eric McAlister nine points for Stony Brook (19-8, 13-2), which shot 26-for-42 (61.9 percent) from the field, including 8-for-16 from three-point range. The Seawolves shot 79 percent in the second half, hitting 15 of 19 shots.
The defense held Hartford to 31-percent shooting. The Seawolves have won their last eight meetings against the Hawks.
Genesis Maciel scored 12 points and Mark Nwakamma had 10 points for Hartford (8-20, 7-9).
Stony Brook led 31-28 at halftime, but took control in the second half. Brenton's free throw gave the Seawolves a 52-37 lead with 10:51 remaining and they pulled away.
The Seawolves can clinch the conference title Sunday when they host Maine at noon.
Binghamton stuns Vermont. Robert Mansell scored 18 points and Ben Dickinson had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead host Binghamton in a 57-53 upset of Vermont (19-11, 12-3)
The win snapped a 27-game losing streak for Binghamton (1-26, 1-13), which was the only winless team in Division I.
Said Bearcats coach Maark Macon, "To see the happiness on their faces was uplifting."
Binghamton students stormed the floor after a game in which the Bearcats took the lead at 4-2 and never relinquished it, ending the Catamounts' 10-game winning streak.