Stony Brook Travels To Face NJIT Looking To Snap Three-Game Skid

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Dec. 9, 2006

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The Stony Brook men's basketball team will hit the road after dropping three-straight home games over the past week to take on NJIT. Losses to UMES, Villanova, and Hofstra put the Seawolves at a 3-5 record in the 2006 campaign. The Seawolves are 3-1 on the road this season, having yet to win a game at home. Ricky Lucas has returned back to the Seawolves lineup after missing two games with an ankle injury, and provided 18 points in the loss to Hofstra on Tuesday.

Versus The Highlanders
The Seawolves own an 8-5 edge in the all-time series against the Highlanders. This is the first meeting between the two schools in their respective Division I eras, as NJIT plays in its inaugural D-I campaign. The last win against NJIT was on December 9, 1992, when Stony Brook won 80-69 at home.

About NJIT
NJIT enters Tuesday night's contest with a 2-7 record. The Highlanders have dropped seven in a row after winning their first two contests of the season. NJIT is in their first year of Division I competition and are led by Clayton Barker and his 11.3 points per game. Nesho Milosevic has been a force in the paint this season, recording 7.9 points and 6.2 rebounds to lead the team.

Big Time Dunk
Andre Vanterpool caught an alley-oop from Mitchell Beauford and threw down a one-handed dunk in the first half against Villanova. The dunk was chosen as the No. 2 Play of the Night on ESPN'S SportsCenter that evening.

Big-Time Upset
ESPN Gamenight ranked the Top 10 upsets in college basketball thus far in the 2006-07 season. The Seawolves 59-51 win at Penn State ranked 9th best in the country this year.

20-20 Vision • Ricky Lucas and Mitchell Beauford each pumped in 20 points in the Seawolves season-opening win against Colgate. Beauford, who scored 20 or more points in four games last season went 6-13 from the floor and iced the game going 8-9 from the free throw line. Lucas, in his first game for the Seawolves after transferring from George Washington, was 9-16 from the floor. In the second half, Lucas was unstoppable, shooting 6 of 8 from the floor.
• Lucas and Beauford once again went for 20 points apiece in the Seawolves loss to Cornell. For the second-straight game, Lucas netted 20 points and hit four three-pointers while Beauford tied a career-high in points with 24, 15 of which came in the first half.
• For the third consecutive game, Beauford and Lucas both went off for 20 points at Penn State. Lucas led the duo with 22 point while Beauford added 21 in the Seawolves upset of the Nittany Lions.
• Lucas extended his 20-point scoring streak to four games as he pumped in 20 points at home versus Navy. His partner in crime was Mike Popoko in this game, as Popoko exploded for 20 points in the loss.
• The game against Columbia marked the first time this season that a Stony Brook player did not score 20 points. Mitchell Beauford did finish with a game-high 18 points in the road victory.
• Missing their leading scorer, Ricky Lucas, against UMES, Mike Popoko stepped up and led the team with 13 points. It was the second consecutive game that a Seawolf did not score 20 points.
• The Seawolves did not have a player score 20 points, nor did they have a player record double-digits. Ryan Jones, Vanterpool, and Beauford each tallied eight points in the loss to Villanova.
• Even with Lucas in the lineup, the Seawolves failed to have a 20-point scorer. Lucas netted 18 points and was the lone Seawolf to score in double figures.

Good To Be Back
Ricky Lucas returned to the Seawolf lineup after a two-game layoff after an ankle injury. He netted 18 points, grabbed seven boards, and added two steals and two assists.

Troubles at Home
The Seawolves have failed to win at home so far this season. All three of their wins have come on the road.

Backcourt Turnovers
Against Hofstra, the Seawolves had 17 turnvers, 12 of which came from the backcourt. Lucas, Beauford, and Castellanos each had four in the game.

Promising Youth
Three freshman have established themselves to provide quality minutes off the bench for Pikiell. Against Hofstra, Castellanos started his eighth straight game at the point and scored four points and dished three assists. Brandon Hickson came off the bench and tallied five points while Kyle Wright demonstrated his ability to shoot the basketball, netting four points off the bench.

40 is the Magic Number
The Seawolves have proven that if they play solid defense, they can win basketball games. When holding teams to under 40% shooting, Stony Brook is 3-0. If an opponent shoots better than 40%, the Seawolves are 0-5.

In a Rut
In the last three games, Beauford had averaged 9.3 points per game, shooting 11-of-39 from the field (28%). He has had five steals and nine turnovers. In the previous five games, Beauford had scored 19.2 points on 36-of-81 shooting (44%) to go along with 10 steals and 13 turnovers.

Giving Up Points
In the five Seawolf losses, they are allowing 74.4 points per game, almost 25 points more per game compared to the 50 they allow in games they have won. In the losses, Stony Brook has scored 61 points a game while in wins, the Seawolves score 59.

With the in crowd
The crowd against Villanova was the largest to ever see a basketball game in the Indoor Sports Complex. 4,285 came out to see the game on Nov. 30, making it just the second sell-out in school history for a men's basketball game.