Blistering second-half shooting lifts men's hoops to victory

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Feb. 21, 2012

Final Stats

West Hartford, Conn. - Senior Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) scored a game-high 17 points, and the Stony Brook men's basketball team shot 79 percent in the second half, making 15 of 19 shots, in a 74-50 win over Hartford Tuesday night at Chase Arena.

Stony Brook improves to 19-8 on the season and 13-2 in America East. The 13 wins match the 2009-10 Seawolves team for most America East wins in program history. The team also has now won 10 of its last 11 games and 16 of its last 18. The win, coupled with a Vermont loss at Binghamton, means the Seawolves have clinched at least a share of the America East regular season championship and can clinch the title outright with a win Sunday vs. Maine.

Dougher, his team's America East Player of the Game, scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half, eight of them coming in the first 3:57. Junior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) had 13 points and tied a career high with four assists.

The Seawolves shot 61.9 percent for the game, making 26 of 42 field goal attempts, and 50 percent from the three-point line (8-for-16). It's the first time a Stony Brook team has shot 60 percent in a game since Dec. 4, 2002, when the Seawolves shot 60.5 percent at Columbia.

Stony Brook also outrebounded Hartford 35-19 and held the Hawks to just eight points in the paint.

Hartford was led by Genesis Maciel, who scored all 12 of his points in the first half. The Hawks shot just 30.8 percent for the game and only 29.6 percent in the second half. Hartford made only five field goals inside the three-point line.

"I thought we played a very good game against a hot team that's dangerous on Senior Night," head coach Steve Pikiell said. "I didn't like how we were giving them open looks in the first half, but we made some defensive adjustments and limited their ability to score in the second half. We had some open looks and made the shots. We've been in a position before where we had open looks and didn't make shots, so it was nice to do it tonight."

The first half featured seven early lead changes until the Seawolves wrested control of the score with a 10-0 run midway through the half. Trailing 12-10, Stony Brook got a three-pointer from sophomore Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio), and then Brenton led the charge with seven straight points on two layups and a three-pointer to put the Seawolves up 20-12 with 11:25 to play.

A sophomore Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) three-pointer and a Dougher mid-range jumper at the shot clock buzzer gave the Seawolves their largest lead of the half, 11, at 25-14 with 7:32 to play.

But the Hawks fought back with a flurry of three-pointers, making four in the final seven minutes. Maciel nailed three of those treys, including one with 58 seconds to go that cut SBU's lead to one, 29-28. However, Joyner made a layup on the team's final possession to go into halftime leading 31-28.

In the second half, Dougher got the Seawolves going with a three-pointer to put SBU up six. A Hartford three-pointer made it a three-point game again, but the Seawolves went on a 15-4 run. Dougher made a layup to go up seven, and it was answered by an Andres Torres layup. But Dougher cooly sank a three-pointer on the next possession to make it an eight-point lead, 43-35, with 16:03 to go. The run concluded with a Brenton three-pointer at 12:11 that gave SBU a 49-35 lead.

Hartford got as close as 12 points as it as 53-41 with 10:06 left, and that's when the Seawolves went on a 17-0 run and held the Hawks scoreless for 7:18. Hartford was 0-for-8 from the field with three turnovers during that stretch. Six different Seawolves scored during the run. Joyner's layup at 4:03 put the punctuation mark on the game, putting SBU up by 29 points, 70-41.

Stony Brook will put a wrap on the regular season this Sunday against Maine at Pritchard Gym at 12 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network, and the Seawolves will honor their four seniors, Al Rapier, Danny Carter, Dallis Joyner and Bryan Dougher in a pregame ceremony.