Men's Basketball To Host American On Tuesday Night; Brenton Named America East Rookie of the Week For Second Straight Time
Nov. 24, 2008
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook's men's basketball team will conclude its two-game home stand on Tuesday night, hosting the American Eagles at Pritchard Gymnasium. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday's contest will air locally on WUSB 90.1 FM and goseawolves.org with Mike Solano (play-by-play), Jeff Bernstein (analyst) and Matt Mankiewich (analyst) announcing. The game can also be followed via gametracker at goseawolves.org.
The Seawolves come into Tuesday's game off a 65-62 loss to the Wagner Seahawks on Saturday afternoon at Pritchard Gymnasium. Freshman Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) led four Seawolves in double-figures with 15 points. Freshman Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) and sophomore Chris Martin (Springfield Gardents, N.Y.) added 14 points apiece for the Seawolves. The 14 points was a career-high for Martin, who knocked down seven of his eight free throw attempts. Making his first career start for the Seawolves, junior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) reached double-figures for the second straight game (11 points).
SBU took advantage of its many opportunities at the free-throw line on Saturday afternoon against the Seahawks, hitting on 23 of its 29 attempts. The 23 made free throws were the most in a game since going 26-for-35 in an overtime victory over Boston University on January 28th, 2007. Martin and Brenton currently rank first and second in the conference, respectively, in free throw percentage. Martin has hit on 10 of his 11 attempts (90.9 percent), while Brenton has made seven of his eight opportunities (87.5 percent).
Brenton was named America East Rookie of the Week for the second time in as many weeks by the conference office on Monday after averaging 10.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in SBU's two contests last week. The Columbia, Md. native had 10 rebounds to go along with his 15 points on Saturday against Wagner after tallying six points, eight rebounds and four steals on Tuesday at Lafayette. The double-double against Wagner was the first by a Seawolves player this season. Brenton is currently first in the America East and 21st in the NCAA with 11.3 rebounds per game and ranks fourth in the conference with 2.3 steals per contest.
Winners of three straight games, American enters tonight's contest off a 75-67 victory over Jacksonville on Saturday night. The Eagles hit 11 three-pointers in the game and got a combined 42 points from Garrison Carr and Brian Gilmore. Carr, the preseason Patriot League Player of the Year, is averaging a team-high 23.0 points per game and has led the Eagles in scoring in each of their three victories. AU returns three starters from last year's squad that went 21-12 and advanced to the program's first ever NCAA tournament after winning the Patriot League title. The Eagles were the choice to repeat as Patriot League champions in the preseason conference coaches poll.
The Eagles won the first ever meeting between the two programs last season, defeating the Seawolves 64-56 in Washington, D.C. Ricky Lucas '08 led the Seawolves with 17 points and sophomore Jermol Paul (Palm Beach, Fla.) added a career-high 14 points.