Feb. 9, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Sophomore Anthony Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) led four Seawolves in double-figures with a career-high 17 points as the Stony Brook men's basketball team won its eighth straight game overall and 13th straight at home with an 80-68 victory over the UMBC Retrievers on Thursday at Pritchard Gymnasium.
The win moves Stony Brook into position to clinch at least a share of the America East regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the America East Championship with a victory Sunday at Vermont. The Seawolves have won 14 of their last 15 games and stand at 17-7 overall and 12-1 in America East.
The 13 straight home wins matches the program's Div. I record, which was initially set during the 2000-01 season, and the 14-1 mark over the last 15 games is a Div. I program best.
Senior Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) added 16 points while senior Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) and junior Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.) chipped in with 14 apiece. Joyner led the team with eight rebounds. Junior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) had seven assists in just 23 minutes. Jackson was named the team's America East Player of the Game.
Chase Plummer scored a team-high 18 points to lead UMBC which shot 59 percent in the second half but just 35 percent in the second half. Plummer was named his team's America East Player of the Game.
"We didn't play our best game tonight, but a win is a win and in this league, every game is a grind," head coach Steve Pikiell said. "Give credit to UMBC; they played a good game. We had some open looks in the first half but we just didn't make them. In the second half, we played much better, turned the ball over less and made shots."
The Retrievers led 43-38 following a Chandler Thomas five minutes into the second half but a three from Jackson sparked a 19-6 run over the next eight minutes that gave the Seawolves a 57-49 lead with seven minutes left.
UMBC hung around, getting within four on a Brian Neller three with 2:51 to go but Rouse answered back with a jumper and Dougher followed with a tough fadeaway jumper to put SBU back up by eight with 1:42 remaining.
The Retrievers got no closer than seven the rest of the way as SBU hit 12 of 15 free throws over the last two minutes to complete the season sweep of UMBC.
UMBC jumped to an 11-7 lead before threes from Rouse and Jackson gave the Seawolves a two-point advantage. But the Retrievers then scored nine of the next 13 points to take a 20-15 lead midway through the half.
SBU answered back though, going on 8-2 spurt capped by a thunderous dunk from Joyner, who was also fouled on the play and completed the three-point play to give the Seawolves the lead back.
The Retrievers bounced back to take a 29-25 advantage but Dougher hit two threes over the next minute to put SBU in front 33-31.
UMBC then scored four of the final five points of the half though and took a 35-34 lead into the break.
Back-to-back threes from Plummer and Ryan Cook gave UMBC a 41-36 lead early in the second half after Dougher scored the first hoop of the period to give the Seawolves a brief lead.
The Seawolves return to action on Sunday, traveling to take on second-place Vermont in a game that will be televised on the CBS College Sports Network. Tip-off from Patrick Gymnasium is set for Noon. If the Seawolves win, they will clinch the No. 1 seed in the America East Championship. If Vermont wins, the Catamounts will control their own destiny for the league's top seed.