Brenton named America East Player of the Week after triple-double

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Jan. 28, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook men's basketball senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) has been named America East Player of the Week after recording the league's first triple-double in 10 years, the conference office announced Monday.

Brenton produced 15 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in Stony Brook's 79-69 win over Maine at Pritchard Gymnasium last Saturday. It was the first triple-double in program history, and the first in America East since Vermont's Grant Anderson on Jan. 8, 2003.

In addition, according to ESPN Stats and Information, Brenton's historic game was the first time a Div. I player has posted 15 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists since Siena's Kojo Mensah did it in 2005. Over the last 15 years, only two others besides Brenton and Mensah did it - Connecticut's Ben Gordon (2003) and Utah's Andre Miller (1998).

Brenton's passing truly came into focus during the game as five of his career-high 11 assists came on alley oop dunk passes, including one to freshman Scott King (Derry, N.H.), which ended up as the No. 5 play on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays that night.

Brenton also hit another milestone - reaching 1,000 career rebounds, just the eighth America East player ever to do so.

For the week, which includes a strong performance at UMBC, Brenton averaged 13.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 53.8 percent from the field.

For the season, Brenton ranks first in America East in assists (5.0/game) and assist/turnover ratio (2.1), third in rebounding (8.4/game) and tied for third in steals (1.7/game). In conference games only, he leads all players in rebounding (9.0/game).

Brenton and the Seawolves are 15-5 this season, 6-1 in America East. They currently reside in first place in the standings and play at Albany Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed online on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App for mobile and tablet devices.